One in nine of us…

One in nine women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their life. It is the most common cancer in the UK, with nearly 46,000 cases every year.

That’s 125 people diagnosed every day. If this wasn’t shocking enough, the numbers continue to rise every year. But are governments in a state of denial about the environmental causes of this devastating disease?

Hratche Koundarjian, from Breast Cancer UK (BCUK), urges Green Party members to help in the fight against the causes of environmental cancer. Read more here.

2 Replies to “One in nine of us…”

  1. Whilst I fully appreciate your bringing to attention this frightening disease why oh why do you as many, persist in putting the fear of god into people for the sake of getting a message across. I am very aware that environment, diet, stress levels etc are sited as triggers but for goodness’ sake please do not use cancer as your particular tool for government change. We all seem to live under the threat of annihilation from many quarters but it seems to me that you, and the media are whipping the horses to get us there even quicker than we desire. I am not wishing to hide from reality, believe me I am alive to what is going on in the world, but the banner of ‘one in nine’ reeks of scare tactics. I might add that within the last four months I have been diagnosed and have escaped this disease. Everyone has a voice, I just thought that for once I would croak out my frustration. The world can be scary, very scary, your twitter just makes it worse.

  2. Thank you for your comment Kate. I am sorry if my title offended you, I certainly did not mean to offend or scare anyone. My blog post is a link to an article in the Green World Online – a publication from The Green Party. I found this article so enlightening, I wanted to share it with a wider audience, not scare anyone but show people how materials we use everyday in our homes could be affecting our bodies. By being aware of these things – we can actually change them. For example – had I know that Bisphenol A, or BPA – a chemical that can affect brain development and has been linked to obesity and cancer – was in my children’s plastic baby bottles, I would have opted for one of the non-carcinogenic alternatives.

    Cancer is not my tool for government change. It’s something that has radically changed the lives of close members of my family and taken away my loved ones. Breast cancer in particular is close enough in my family to worry that little bit more. If there are ways I can reduce mine and my own children’s chances of getting cancer and we can start seeing the stats rise to one in ten, one in twenty or one in 100 – then I am glad I’ve done my bit to help.

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