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Prevent Colon Cancer

Posted Oct 25 2008 4:48pm

11276 I received this email from Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine — a non-profit organization that works tirelessly to educate people about plant-based nutrition. This is an issue that is near and dear to me as my mother died of colon cancer.

I'd like to help prevent anyone from having to go through this disease. Our doctors tell us to get a colonoscopy at age 40 or 50, and other less invasive screenings to check for blood in the stool, but we aren't hearing a whole lot about prevention or about the causes.

Processed meats are linked to colon cancer. So why are we still feeding luncheon meats to our children? Why are they still being served in our school lunch programs?

So, as the old saying goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure." Dr. Barnard wrote:

"On October 9 we took a monumental step forward to protect our kids. The Cancer Project, PCRM's affiliate organization, filed a formal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture demanding a halt to the distribution of hot dogs and other processed meats to our nation’s children through the National School Lunch Program. These products have been shown to increase the risk of cancer in adulthood.

The petition sites a report by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund which reviewed 58 research studies and concluded that 'processed meat is a convincing cause of colorectal cancer.'

The petition also includes declarations of support from several prominent nutrition and cancer experts, including Walter Willett, M.D., Dr. P.H., chair of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. Just as tobacco causes lung cancer, processed meats are linked to colon cancer. Serving these products to children is no longer defensible. The federal government should be encouraging schools to serve healthful foods.

Join the fight! Keep our kids healthy by signing our petition to Department of Agriculture Secretary Schafer.

And when you are done, please forward this to a friend! Together, our work to eradicate diet-related cancer will continue to move forward."

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