Warnings Concerning Cancer

I’m not an alarmist nor do I subscribe to conspiracy theories.  I’m not Chicken Little and I don’t believe the sky is falling.  However, I am no longer keeping my head in the sand either.  I am now paying close attention to the many warnings concerning cancer.

Ignoring Cancer Warnings

This article is to point out the folly of ignoring cancer warnings just because we don’t believe them and consider those making them as “Prophets of Gloom”, Alarmist, or Conspiracy Theorists.

I ignored the warnings concerning skin cancer.  From my pre-teen years I seldom used sun protection even though I practically lived on the beach for the entire summer months.  As an adult, I seldom if ever used any type of sun protection.  I’m not alone.  Men are two times more likely than women to not protect their skin in the sun.

We ignore warnings from dermatologists that shade and clothing should be the first line of defense against sun damage.  I know I did. And I was recently treated for Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

I should have heeded the cancer warnings signs.

Almost all of my life I suffered heartburn, a sour, burning sensation in the back of my throat, and other symptoms such as chronic cough, laryngitis, and nausea.  Did I take heed and talk with a doctor about it?  NO, I just bought a lot of over-the-counter anti-acid remedies.  I’ve read that that people over the age of 40 who have a long-term history of heartburn be screened for Barrett’s esophagus.  I knew a history of current or past smoking is a factor in developing Barrett’s Esophagus.  Years ago my doctor wanted to perform an upper endoscopy and biopsy.  It didn’t sound like a very pleasant procedure so I declined.

Now I have Barrett’s Esophagus which increases the risk of developing Esophageal Aden Carcinoma, which is a serious, potentially fatal cancer of the esophagus.

I should have heeded the warnings signs.

I ignored the cancer warnings concerning smoking.  I was diagnosed and treated for Stage Four cancer and almost died.  The treatment and their complications were terrible.  The cancer started in my tonsils and there is absolutely do doubt that my smoking was the cause of my cancer.

I should have heeded the cancer warnings signs

I remember the warnings about lead paint. Not too many people heeded them.  Not even government health agencies.  Not until children started dying due to lead poising.
We should have heeded the warnings signs.

Health warnings are not the only warnings that we ignore.  There were many warning concerning the business practices of Bernard Madoff.
We should have heeded those warnings.

Warnings Lehman Brothers were ignored.  According to the Bloomberg Report: The warning was ominous: “Massive global wealth destruction.”  We ignored those warnings resulting in the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Cancer Warnings That Are Too Often Ignored

Let’s get back to cancer warnings that are too often ignored.

Women are taught the importance of detecting bodily changes and seeking medical care.  Too many will either miss the early warning signs of cancer or ignore them.

Celebrated photographer Terry O’Neill lived with bowel cancer for ten years without knowing it.  He said, “I ignored cancer warning signs…it nearly killed me.”

Many people ignore the early warning signs of cancer out of fear or a lack of knowledge about warning signs. And, by the time some people realize something is definitely wrong, it’s often too late to prevent the continued spread of the cancer.

It’s not so much that we ignore the warnings.  It’s that we don’t know the health risks and dangers of many products.  Why does it tale so long for us to be warned about the health dangers of so many products?”

Lobbyist Prevent Cancer Warnings From Being Published

America’s healthcare industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to influence congress.  Right now there are six lobbyists for every member of Congress.  It was the lobbyist who kept health warnings about smoking away from the American people and the entire world for years.

Are lobbyist influencing researches and governments concerning the risk of developing brain cancer by using cel phones?  Here’s what leading researchers are saying:
Mobile Phones Are More Dangerous Than Smoking.

Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by award-winning cancer expert Dr. Vini Khurana has concluded.

Vini Khurana, a top Australian neurosurgeon says the world’s heavy reliance on mobile phones could be a greater threat to human health than smoking and even asbestos.

As cell phone use increases, the potential risk of health problems from cell phones continues to grow.  Teenagers and children are at the greatest risk as their brain tissues continue to grow and radiation penetrates deeper into their skull.

Cell Phone Cancer Warning

Maine to consider cell phone cancer warning


A Maine legislator wants to make the state the first to require cell phones to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer, although there is no consensus among scientists that they do and industry leaders dispute the claim.The now-ubiquitous devices carry such warnings in some countries, though no U.S. states require them, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. A similar effort is afoot in San Francisco, where Mayor Gavin Newsom wants his city to be the nation’s first to require the warnings.

Maine Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, said numerous studies point to the cancer risk, and she has persuaded legislative leaders to allow her proposal to come up for discussion during the 2010 session that begins in January, a session usually reserved for emergency and governors’ bills.

Protect Yourself.  Heed the Cell Phone Cancer Warning.  I am.  I am no longer keeping my head in the sand.  I am now paying close attention to the many warnings concerning cancer, including the warnings concerning the cancer risks of using cel phones.

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