Re-posted from http://www.benbbrave.blogspot.com According to the newspaper The West Australian I'm part of a trend and may not be that special after all. "More young Australians than ever are battling bowel cancer, new data has found. Recent rising international figures prompted The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to investigate local bowel cancer rates. The figures, released on Wednesday, found incidences of bowel cancer among all age groups had increased. But colorectal surgeon Professor Graham Newstead said the number of people under 35 with the disease was "extraordinarily high"." The article goes on to make an excellent point: "In the younger people, they are not only getting a huge increase in the incidence, but they're dying," Prof Newstead told AAP. Over the research period, bowel cancer deaths claiming young women aged between 20 and 34 had doubled.In their male counterparts, fatalities had risen by almost 25 per cent. "They're dying because they present late and they present late because, if you're 30 years of age, you've got a bit of bleeding your GP is likely to say: `Probably haemorrhoids, don't worry about it'," Prof Newstead said." The article then goes to make a totally crap point: "Prof Newstead couldn't explain why bowel cancer was on the rise, but said it could be linked to the modern diet "filled with hormones and this and that". That's sloppy science communication and does nothing to inform the reader. Are they talking about animal hormones? Plant hormones? My hormones?! What is This and what is That? Actually I think I saw That on a menu once but didn't order it because it was yellow. I've personally never come across any information suggesting a link between hormones (mine, yours or those from plants and animal species) and colorectal cancer, plus, I have been mostly vegetarian for 6 years.
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The primary cause of the rise in colorectal cancer amongst young people is clearly peer group pressure. But you won't get the scientific community admitting that. No way. They are all in hock to the major pharmaceutical companies and won't report any explanation of cancer that threatens their market share. And now I know what she meant when my mother held a spoon right in front of my face and yelled at me: "Eat this!" H
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I had read all that as well. My closest friend had bowel cancer 10 years ago when we were 50. The only thing her doctor told her as to why was that it was probably dietary. Your diet was probably not a factor ,my friend was a daily walker so exercise was not a factor. I believe there have to be a combination of reasons for a person getting cancer. I can't help feeling that luck is a factor too. My friend had no symptoms that looked like bowel cancer ,more like a gynocological problem and very minor one at that.So it is understandable that people ignore symptoms for a while .Doctors often dismiss complaints which turn out to be cancer symptoms. Across all age groups diets are often poor and many do no real exercise. This must be having a huge impact on cancer numbers.When a person who eats healthily and does regular exercise ,doesn't smoke or doesn't drink alcohol gets cancer(any type) there has to be other causes.
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I imagine that eating a spoon would be bad for your health.
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