Let’s move cancer in­vest­ment to pre­ven­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: War on cancer has failed us (July 11)

Amen, Steven Skyv­ing­ton! I agree it is time we stopped pre­tend­ing that we are chas­ing an imag­i­nary “cure” for cancer, and fund­ing the cancer re­search beast. “Run IS the cure” is a more ap­pro­pri­ate tag line as obesity and in­ac­tiv­ity are strong cancer risks.

We hu­mans don’t want to hear that pre­ven­tion is the cure and our govern­ment and other in­dus­tries that profit from Cancer Inc. seem too will­ing to al­low us to con­tinue in de­nial of that real cure.

For ex­am­ple, we have warn­ing la­bels for as­bestos, but not for pro­cessed meats such as salami, which are now a se­ri­ous cancer risk ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Cancer­pre­vent.ca re­ports that only 2.6 per cent of cancer fund­ing goes to­ward pre­ven­tion. We should be an­gry at this mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds, and at the weak ef­fort made to help­ing us stop the cancer from ever be­gin­ning. I no longer run for the cure, but I stand for the pre­ven­tion. Judy Tay­lor, Dun­das

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