Cancer increase in UK should leave us asking questions….

A CANCER revolution has taken place in the UK over the last 25 years – but not one we should be proud of.
For, whilst treatments of the disease are increasing life expectancy, the proportion of men and women suffering from cancer at some stage in their lifetime is also on the up.
In 1992, that figure was 32 per cent. Today it stands at 47 per cent, with forecasts suggesting it will hit 50 per cent come 2020.
In layman’s terms, it used to be one in three of us in Britain who got the big C, now it’s one in two.
The obvious first factor in the increase must be that we are indeed living longer and diagnosis is better.
A consultant told me a few years ago that in a hospital ward of dying men aged 80-plus, the vast majority probably had prostate cancer.
Until a few years that would very possibly have gone undiagnosed.
But could this possibly account for such a huge overall increase in cancer?
The rest of what I am going to write is neither scientifically proven or unproven.
And therein lies the problem.
Let me start with recent studies. Stewardesses have been found to be five times more likely to develop breast cancer and cabin crew of both sexes are three times more at risk of developing the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The reason is not beyond dispute – cosmic radiation. Those who frequently fly on long haul flights are at greatest risk as the air is thinner at a higher altitude.
So what does this suggest about our increased exposure to radiation in our normal lives on the ground?
Scientists have neither confirmed nor ruled out a link between cancer and contact with electromagnetic fields.
Considering the pressure they will be under not to put a dent in the profits of companies selling new technology products that’s fairly worrying in my book.
There is however growing evidence that the dramatic reduction in sperm counts in this country is associated with the beast in our pockets – I’m talking about your mobile phone, silly!
In the last few years, wifi has developed from being a luxury to a near necessity.
Few of us even consider accepting a package that doesn’t include WiFi for our homes, unless we simply can’t afford it.
The question that we have to answer – because the scientists and other experts aren’t going to do it for us – is whether this is an acceptable risk or not.
The mere fact that ‘everybody has it’ is not adequate insurance. The companies producing these products are interested in money, not your state of health.
And talking of insurance. You won’t get a penny from your life insurance policy if you claim your cancer is caused by electromagnetic fields. They simply don’t consider the possibility.
In my view, the only thing we can do is to seek our own truth.
If you feel uneasy about being frequently exposed to technology, cut it down.
Put your phone to sleep before you try to rest (and there is a school of thought that even this is being affected).
Cut down your exposure to laptops (I might even finish this article a little more quickly!).
Don’t agree to X-rays unless they are absolutely necessary. Sometimes you will find by asking questions that they are not.
And if you have been diagnosed with cancer, think long and hard before agreeing to radiotherapy, although it is much better targeted today than it used to be.
Enjoy flying to your favourite holiday destinations – but have a word with your young ones should they want to make on airplanes. At the very least, they should be aware of these reports before they do so.
All of life is a calculated risk, including crossing the road.
Get too caught up in health and safety and you’ll never do anything.
But also don’t think that just because the mainstream news hasn’t announced that WiFi and the like is a health hazard that means it is totally safe.
Allow your intuition to be your guide to keeping well…..

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