Breast Cancer Prevention
When it comes to breast cancer the public's attention has been focused on finding a cure. Most awareness campaigns and fund raising initiatives specifically draw attention to researching aspects of a cure or cures. This is commonly understood as disease management. Our human nature plays a role in this approach too. We seem to become highly motivated to care for ourselves once we get sick. Then we want a 'silver bullet' to solve the problem.
Prevention of breast cancer falls into another category, namely health management. As a population it would serve us better to adopt a proactive, life long approach to our health and wellness for the simple reason that it is a much less stressful and much cheaper to be well than ill.
As it stands, breast health, what cause breast cancer and breast cancer prevention are topics that have just begun to gain the media spotlight and public attention. Grass roots groups and individuals are starting to speak up about carcinogen exposure and environmental cancer risks. Currently, cities across Canada are introducing cosmetic pesticide bans or restrictions due to concerns that insecticides and herbicides increase cancer risk through environmental exposure; not to mention from the foods we eat that have been treated with pesticides.
Concerns are also being voiced about low-frequency radiation like radio waves, microwaves, electric and magnetic fields associated with electrical currents, cellular phones and household appliances. EMF studies are on going and varied.
Toxic waste dumps have been shown to be carcinogenic and pose health problems when they leachate into the ground water, soil and through our air proving that out of sight is merely creating future problems. Toxic site cleanups are expensive. And toxic waste continues to be created at an alarming rate. Notice how much plastic is being used in consumer choices today. This problem will intensify in the future as communities refuse to be dumping grounds for toxic waste disposal. And, toxic waste simply does not go away.
Nuclear power plants have long caused concern due to spills, reports of neighboring cancer clusters and increased understanding of radiation emissions from nuclear facilities. Close monitoring of these plants provides some peace of mind, however, in a world of increased terrorism, nuclear power plants are large and may be vulnerable points of interest.
It is obvious that health and wellness are not the motivating factors when it comes to many of the wonders of our industrialized culture. However, your and your family's health and wellness should be your priority. Speak up. Get involved. Find out what is going on in your neighborhood. Become informed about issues before you develop a serious illness like breast cancer.
For inspiration from other health and wellness advocates and activists check out the following resources: