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Diet important for cancer prevention

To the Editor:

Thank you for the article in the Sept. 5 edition that brought attention to the Prostate Cancer Walk & Run being held in Chicago this month. Kudos to all who devote their efforts to cancer awareness.

As a nutrition educator, my dream is to see more emphasis put on the dietary component of cancer.  Everyone should be aware that the Standard American Diet is a huge contributor to the initiation and growth of cancer. 

Most people are unaware or ignored the World Health Organization’s report last fall regarding processed meats (hot dogs, bacon, pepperoni, ham, jerky, sausage, deli meats, smoked and canned meats); these foods are ranked as known carcinogens, ranked in the highest cancer-causing category along with asbestos, arsenic and tobacco. 

The American Institute of Cancer Research wholeheartedly agrees and says that all processed meat should be totally avoided, and all other meats reduced. 

We also know based on the research by Dr. T. Colin Campbell that the casein and IGF-1 hormones in dairy, as well as well as the excess intake of animal protein, are leading contributors to breast, prostate, colon, stomach and other cancers.

Remember, diet trumps all.  What you eat every day is the far greatest determinant of your health. A whole-food, plant-based diet is far more effective in preventing and reversing disease than prescription drugs, surgery, vitamins or supplements.

Cyd Notter, Wilmington

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