Breast Cancer Causes
To date, no single, absolute cause of breast cancer has been determined. And yet, cancer rates are increasing worldwide. And nearly half of all cancers occur in industrialized, developed nations.
Hmmmm. No doubt this is a clue.
Perhaps we need to ask a few questions. What is going on in our 'developed' world that has propelled cancer rates to such alarming levels? According to stopcancer.org "a growing number of people, including scientists, activists and women living with cancer, believe there is most certainly a connection between environmental toxins - from industrial and agricultural chemicals, from nuclear power stations and power lines, from 'ordinary' household products and medical x-rays."
In 1962, biologist, Rachel Carson wrote a compelling book about the links between cancer and the environment. Silent Spring drew parallels between the increased rates of cancer and the use of pesticides, including DDT and chlordane. Carson argued passionately that, although efforts to find cures for cancer 'must continue' prevention was the 'imperative need.'
Currently, much of our health care budget is targeted towards researching cancer cures, discovering cancer treatments and learning about disease management. Very little money is directed towards preventing cancer in the first place. This is commonly understood as 'primary prevention'. In other words, let's not get cancer.
Shifting our sights towards what causes breast cancer and how to prevent the disease brings up at least two strongly held beliefs. One idea is that we need to wait for science to prove the connections between cancer and environmental toxins before taking action. This has long been the procedure and can take decades before change is put into effect. The almost 40 year's it took science to link cigarette smoking and lung cancer is a perfect example.
A second idea is to take action against environmental toxins on the basis of 'weight of evidence'. This approach includes the review and causal link of the many human and animal studies that speak to a substance's ability to harm.
If you would like to further your understanding on how to approach the complex issue of what causes breast cancer, we recommend the following excellent book or visit our Breast Cancer Bookstore for a wide selection of books on breast cancer and women's health: