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Four decades after US President Nixon declared war on cancer, the war is far from won. In recognition of this sad fact, the preeminent medical journal, The Lancet, just published The Cancer Wars. In one paper in the series, Global cancer patterns: causes and prevention, Vineis and Wild summarize world-wide cancer data, highlighting disparities in incidence and the importance of primary prevention.
Sometimes, stopping cancer before it starts can seem like an endless task. But we are making progress! Here are some of Prevent Cancer Now’s 2013 successes:
We have also been working with our many partners to eliminate toxins from personal care products, ban youth from using tanning beds, and stop coal-fired plants in Ontario, among other issues.
Prevent Cancer Now has big plans for 2014, including a re-vamp of our website to bring better information to you in a way that’s easier to act upon.
We are proud that more and more people now know that cancer is NOT inevitable; that there is much we can do to protect ourselves and our families. We are helping Canadians become savvy shoppers, and we are demanding that cancer-causing agents be taken out of products. We are supporting sustainable energy, agriculture and industrial practices, and are demanding that regulators consider health and the environment in their decisions.
The Board of Prevent Cancer Now wishes you health, peace and happiness in 2014, as together we all continue to work for healthier people, in a healthier world.
Please donate to Prevent Cancer Now today. We need you more than ever!
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Published: February 4th, 2014