Less Cancer Founder, Bill Couzens Takes a Look at Cancer Prevention

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The time has come to shift the so-called War on Cancer from a cure-focus to one of reducing cancer risks, writes Bill Couzens, Less Cancer founder, in a recent blog post. For 40 years now, billions of dollars have been spent on researching a possible cancer cure, yet little attention has been paid to reducing cancer risks.

Less Cancer Founder Bill Couzens

The war on cancer must include the work for prevention in a real way, through action. We have more cancer now than ever before-not less.
-- Bill Couzens, Founder Less Cancer

Beginning with Nixon’s War on Cancer in 1971, cancer cure fundraisers have proliferated, Couzens writes. While Couzens appreciates those efforts, he argues in his post that more attention must go to how people live their lives and to striking down the causes of cancer. This reduction of risk focus means that people will have to live their lives differently.

That change includes radically altering our priorities: “As a culture, we have looked the other way as profit rose above human health and the environment,” Couzens writes.

Cancer has essentially become an expected stage of life and, in his post, Couzens cites startling statistics: between 1975 and 2004, of increased incidences of primary brain cancer that have increased nearly 40 percent, while leukemia has increased over 60 percent among children 14 years and younger. (Children's Environmental Health Center-Mount Sinai) The work to reduce cancer risks also provides an opportunity to address other public health issues that may include diseases such as Obesity or even Asthma according to Couzens.

Other than the human toll, cancer’s economic pressure is astounding. Couzens cites worldwide cancer cost burden was $895 billion in 2008. (Lancet Oncology)

The time to begin a new fight against cancer, before it starts, is long past, Couzens argues. Now, we all must make up for lost time.

Couzens regularly speaks on human health and environment issues. The U.S. Congress has recognized Couzens’ work to reduce cancer risks. Couzens’ work includes Less Cancer launching the National Cancer Prevention Day, which Michigan and Virginia recognize on Feb. 4.

Please find Couzens' blog here: http://lesscancer.blogspot.com/2011/12/look-at-cancer-prevention.html

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