Go Away Big Bad Cancer! Go Away! Go Away!

Do you know someone with cancer? 

Chances are you do.  Maybe you even know more than one person and maybe you have someone very close to you that has cancer.  Cancer is a big bad word.  When we hear the word Cancer it can elicit many strong emotions in us – fear, anger, sadness, helplessness, or even strength.

I have two friends battling very aggressive cancers right now.  I know that I have felt many of those feelings and they likely have too.  However, the biggest feeling they radiate is strength.  They are SO strong.  Both of them have an amazing attitude and are facing their cancers with great strength.  I am proud of them.

Cancer Numbers

The cancer statistics are overwhelming.  In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. One American will die from cancer every minute this year. 

Why Cancer?

No one should get cancer.  Only 5-10% of all cancers are hereditary.  So why are so many people getting cancer?  A broadcast on KPFA radio discussed the difference between the view of cancer taken by the American medical society and that taken in much of the rest of the world.  In the U.S., the story asserted, we tend to see cancer – with the possible exception of lung cancer – as just being the result of bad luck. We don’t tend to look more deeply into the causes of it. And we’re afraid to admit just how toxic many of the chemicals we’re exposed to in daily life really are.

According to the President’s Cancer Panel, “With nearly 80,000 chemicals on the market in the U.S., many of which are used by millions of Americans in their daily lives and are un-or understudied and largely unregulated, exposure to potential environmental carcinogens is widespread.”

Toxic chemicals and contaminants are widespread in our personal care products, our cleaning supplies, and more.  No wonder American babies are born pre-polluted with nearly 300 chemicals found in umbilical cord blood.  Chemicals like BPA, flame retardants, lead, and PCBs that are linked to not only cancer, but autism, obesity, ADHD, diabetes, infertility and heart disease. Read more

What We Can Do About Cancer

Some people feel there is nothing to be done about environmental contaminants and they want to wish the problem away or ignore it.  In a poll I conducted from three mom sites regarding a study showing environmental contaminants in pregnant women in the U.S., nearly 60% indicated they were unconcerned with the results of the study.  Some felt that we should “hope” we don’t get affected and others thought we should just “not worry about it”

We can raise money for cancer treatment, but we can also look at cancer prevention.  One step that I have taken is joining the Swim Across America (SAA) community to help raise money for cancer research.  I am challenging myself by swimming a 5K in the SAA Pool Program and raising as much money to fight cancer as I can.

We do have some power in addressing the cancer threat.  Research shows that some environmental toxins can lead to cancer, but rather than becoming immobilized by fear, we should realize that we have some control in determining our likelihood of contracting cancer.  What we can do for ourselves is make healthy decisions for our own lives and what we can do for everyone is vote with our dollars.  We do have some power in making that big bad cancer go away!

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My name is Danielle. Thank you so much for stopping by! I am passionate about creating a toxic free home and sharing this information and also with helping others. I do a business from home and helps others develop the personal and professional skills to do the same! I look forward to helping you too!
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23 comments on “Go Away Big Bad Cancer! Go Away! Go Away!

  1. Laura Waters on said:

    Great post Danielle! In my life, I lost my grandmother to Ovarian cancer, and currently am dealing with a 2 yr old that has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, what this family is dealing with, words just can not express. Thank you for bringing up this demon of a topic, the stats are frightning, but need to be discussed!

    • Thank you Laura! It is a demon of a topic – especially to those it has affected. I lost my grandmother to cancer as well. Cancer in children is the hardest to deal with – my heart goes out to that family.

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    Very insightful Danielle. Cancer is on both sides of my family so I can really relate to the dangers and what to look out for as you noted thoroughly. Good Luck in the 5K. Can’t wait to hear about that :)

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    I was born and raised in Senegal, W. Africa as an MK and grew up loving african and french foods. Sadly, when we returned stateside and began eating fast food and processed food, my health started to deteriorate. There was so much we didn’t know back then on the toxins in our food and personal care products — but now we know.

    The hard part is staying away from them. It tends to cost more and take more effort. I’m still having health problems and trying to win this battle.

    I just came across your blog this morning and can relate with you. Great job!!

    • Thank you for you comment Liz! It is hard to stay away from “fast” and processed foods. They are SO available. I am working on that on myself!

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