This investigation began when through my researches for my book I could demonstrate that all cancers can readily be linked to chemical and radiation causes, but there is one that was an exception. It was the cuckoo in the nest and this was cervical cancer. This cancer variation is now firmly established and universally attributed to having been caused by a virus as many of the articles in this Ezine more than testify. However, the evidence proves otherwise and I shall prove beyond any doubt that what I have said is true but before proceeding with the evidence to support this heretical statement, let us take a look at some background information about the disease. Clues to the cause of the disease can be found within the information that now follows.Worldwide, cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer in women. According to the NCCC (National Cervical Cancer Coalition) about 14,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with the disease each year and more than 3,900 women die in each year from this disease. However, the number of women getting the disease in the western world is very few when compared to the rest of the world. Women in developing countries account for about 85% of both the yearly cases of cervical cancer (estimated at 493,000 cases worldwide) and the yearly deaths from cervical cancer (estimated at 273,500 deaths worldwide). In fact, whereas breast cancer is the leading cancer for women in the west, in the majority of developing countries, cervical cancer remains the number-one cause of cancer-related deaths among women. Keep these statistics in mind because what they tell us is very important as far as determining the cause of cervical cancer is concerned.Initially I was taken aback by the revelation that a virus caused cervical cancer but then I began to wonder what it was that led the medical profession to almost unanimously adopt this idea when all other cancers clearly showed that chemicals (or radiation) was responsible. As I looked into this more deeply, I came across a most perplexing riddle. You see, what set doctors along a path in search of a viral cause of the disease was triggered by an obscure report in a regional medical journal in Venice. It was made by an Italian surgeon and an amateur epidemiolist named Rigoni-Stern in 1842. He had analysed 150,000 death certificates from the Veronese district for the years 1760-1839 and found that out of 74,184 women who died, 1288 of them were nuns. The cause of death of the nuns varied but many had died of breast cancer, five times more common than other women. Incidently, he correctly attributed one of the reasons for the increase in breast cancer in nuns compared to other women was due to the corsets they wore). He recorded four deaths from uterine cancer (cervical cancer was not distinguished from other cancers of the uterus), while he had expected at least six based on 361 cases in the remaining 72,896 women.From this somewhat vague analysis, others saw this data as evidence that there was little or no cervical cancer among Catholic nuns compared with the rest of the Italian female population. Subsequent doctors endeavoured to expand on this obscure report, adding various invented details, including the idea that cervical cancer in prostitutes was prevalent. So arose the myth that as nuns were supposed to be celibate and yet cervical cancer was rare among them, and that the disease was said to be quite common among prostitutes this could only mean one thing. Cervical cancer was caused by something that was sexually transmitted and it was not long before this speculation became accepted as fact. Professor Skranbanek put things in perspective when he said that, “A reference to an obscure Italian communication has become a de riguer in the opening paragraphs of articles on the aetiology of cervical cancer, but how many authors have read the orignal? Skranbanek, proved as did Dr Griffiths of Luton Hospital, that the basis upon which the theory that a sexually transmitted virus was a red herring, that has led to doctors following a false trail ever since.For a hundred years or more the search for the elusive virus was searched for, with Smegma and Herpes at one time thought to have been the cause, but eventually proven to be unfounded. Then came along Professor Harald zur Hausen and his team who found that a number of HPV virus strains could be found in women who had cervical cancer. The elusive virus had been found and ever since then, this has become the established scientific hypothesis. But is wrong!If HPV does not cause cervical cancer as I have said, even though most if not all of the medical profession would disagree with me, then what do I say is the cause of the disease? To answer this question we need first to take a look at the intriguing statistic that I mentioned earlier in this treatise, because it gives us a vital clue. “Women in developing countries account for about 85% of both the yearly cases of cervical cancer”.Did you know that the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States lists cervical cancer as a “rare disease”? This means that Cervical Cancer, or a subtype of the disease, affects less than 200,000 people in the United States, a country that has a population of over 300 million people. According to the estimated new cases and deaths from cervical (uterine cervix) cancer in the United States in 2007 by the National Cancer Institute are 11,150 new cases with deaths about 3,650. This compares to 470,000 new cases and 230,000 deaths every year to cervical cancer world wide, most of which occur in developing countries. The good news is that cervical cancer incidents are on the decline in the West and it is believed that the introduction of the Pap test is responsible. This may be partially true, but how does one explain that cervical cancer was already in decline before the Pap test was introduced?The World Health Organisation says that “More than 80% of the burden of this easily detectable and preventable disease is borne by developing countries” To illustrate this the WHO have published a map of the world that shows the projected global incidence of cervical cancer for 2005 in various countries, and it is most informative. The reason I say this is because I have seen an almost exact duplicate of this map elsewhere, accept that it has nothing to do with cervical cancer. It is a map that shows the national energy consumption of wood fuels in the world. The correlation is remarkable and self evident. OVERLAY THE STATISTICAL WORLD MAP OF CERVICAL CANCER DISTRIBUTION AND A MAP OF THE COUNTRIES THAT USE WOOD AS THEIR PRIMARY FUEL AND YOU WILL FIND AN ALMOST PERFECT MATCH…. This is no coincidence.Thank youFred HardingAuthor and Historian
If you were to look up “breast” in the dictionary, you’d find that it relates to the chest area. The reason for such a broad definition is that both males and females have chests and hence breasts, and both males and females can get breast cancer.The difference, however, between male and female breast cancers and why women are more at risk of developing breast cancer is because of their make-up. Womens breasts is a gland designed to make milk. The lobules in the breast make the milk, which then drains through the ducts to the nipple.Like all parts of your body, the cells in your breasts usually grow and then rest in cycles. The periods of growth and rest in each cell are controlled by genes in the cell’s nucleus. The nucleus is like the control room of each cell. When your genes are in good working order, they keep cell growth under control. But when your genes develop an abnormality, they sometimes lose their ability to control the cycle of cell growth and rest. Breast cancer then, is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells.If that wasn’t enough, the cancer has the potential to break through normal breast tissue barriers and spread to other parts of the body. While cancer is always caused by a genetic “abnormality” (a “mistake” in the genetic material), only 5-10% of cancers are inherited from your mother or father. Instead, 90% of breast cancers are due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and shall I dare say “life in general” or the “abuse of life in general”.While there are things every woman can do to help her body stay as healthy as possible (such as eating a balanced diet, not smoking, minimizing stress, and exercising regularly), breast cancer is never anyone’s fault. Feeling guilty, or telling yourself that breast cancer happened because of something you or anyone else did, is counterproductive.There are different stages of breast cancer and they can be briefly categorized as follows:Stage 0 – This stage is used to describe non-invasive breast cancer. There is no evidence of cancer cells breaking out of the part of the breast in which it started, or of getting through to or invading neighboring normal tissue.Stage I – This stage describes invasive breast cancer (cancer cells are breaking through to or invading neighboring normal tissue) in which the tumor measures up to 2 centimeters, and no lymph nodes are involved.Stage II – This stage describes invasive breast cancer in which the tumor measures at least 2 centimeters, but not more than 5 centimeters, OR cancer has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm on the same side as the breast cancer. Affected lymph nodes have not yet stuck to one another or to the surrounding tissues, a sign that the cancer has not yet advanced to stage III. (The tumor in the breast can be any size.)Stage III – Stage III is divided into subcategories known as IIIA and IIIB.Stage IIIA – describes invasive breast cancer in which the tumor measures larger than 5 centimeters, OR there is significant involvement of lymph nodes. The nodes clump together or stick to one another or surrounding tissue.Stage IIIB – This stage describes invasive breast cancer in which a tumor of any size has spread to the breast skin, chest wall, or internal mammary lymph nodes (located beneath the breast right under the ribs, inside the middle of the chest). Stage IIIB includes inflammatory breast cancer, a very uncommon but very serious, aggressive type of breast cancer. The most distinguishing feature of inflammatory breast cancer is redness involving part or all of the breast. The redness feels warm. You may see puffiness of the breast’s skin that looks like the peel of a navel orange (“peau d’orange”), or even ridges, welts, or hives. And part or all of the breast may be enlarged and hard. A lump is present only half of the time. Inflammatory breast cancer is sometimes misdiagnosed as a simple infection.Stage IV – This stage includes invasive breast cancer in which a tumor has spread beyond the breast, underarm, and internal mammary lymph nodes, AND a tumor may have spread to the supra-clavicular lymph nodes (nodes located at the base of the neck, above the collarbone), lungs, liver, bone, or brain.”Metastatic at presentation” means that the breast cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes, even though this is the first diagnosis of breast cancer. The reason for this is that the primary breast cancer was not found when it was only inside the breast. Metastatic cancer is considered stage IV.
Cancer prevention is not some kind of rocket science. It is easier than you may think. Cancer prevention involves changing habits, especially the bad ones. It means making significant lifestyle changes. Cancer prevention is an important and active area of public health research. Cancer prevention and risk-reduction strategies can greatly lower the physical, emotional, and financial burden of cancer and improve the overall health of cancer survivors, including lowering the risk of the cancer coming back or the formation of a second cancer. Cancer prevention research in the Department of Foods and Nutrition has been ongoing from many years, however recently the strength of this area has grown.CancerCancer is not something that happens to someone else. Cancer is not something to pussyfoot around with. Cancer has been around as long as mankind, but only in the second half of the 20th century did the number of cancer cases explode. Cancer thrives on sugar and refined grains. Cancer grows rapidly where there is low oxygenation of cells. Observational evidence shows associations between alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and obesity and increased incidence of certain cancers. Remember, the more underlying conditions causing cancer that you correct, the better your chances of beating it.PreventionPrevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer. Prevention means avoiding the risk factors and increasing the protective factors that can be controlled so that the chance of developing cancer decreases. Prevention of cancer is always better than spending lots for its curing.ResearchResearchers have found that carotenoids in dark green leafy vegetables are effective in inhibiting the formation of breast and skin cancer tumors, and preventing lung and stomach cancer. Research shows that you can greatly reduce your risk of developing cancer by not smoking/stopping smoking, being sun smart, eating healthy and being physically active Drinking less. Research suggests that up to 35 percent of cancers are related to poor diet. According to research, only 60 percent of women follow breast cancer screening guidelines, 30 percent of men and women follow colon cancer screening recommendations, and only 40 percent of men regularly get tested for prostate cancer.SupplementsSupplements aid your body to make it more healthy and leave it up to the body to take care of the cancer. Supplements can make up for this by giving the body a consistent supply of essential compounds. Supplements While some supplements may help, nutrients from foods prove more effective. If a doctor is not tied in and blinded by the medical/drug industry, he or she finds that a comprehensive approach to fighting cancer using powerful supplements that deal with the many different issues in cancer, works much better than only using drugs and other treatments that harm the body. Not using natural supplements to fight cancer is like being in a life and death struggle, and choosing to fight with one hand tied behind your back.Cancer prevention does not have to be a hard task. Cancer prevention is a lifelong plan including smart choices in our day to day lives. Cancer prevention is important to having a long and healthy life, and it is something not to take lightly. Cancer prevention and early detection begins with knowing your cancer risk; then, doing something about it. Cancer prevention is a life- long commitment to a long- life of healthy living and it’s never too late to start.