Letters to the editor
We can do more than wear pink
Oct 23, 2013 / 10:06 am
October, the breast cancer awareness month is coming to an end. But some of the cancer linked toxins keep on flourishing, especially as temperatures drop, in the form of wood smoke emissions from wood fuelled fireplaces.
Lung and respiratory diseases are also contributed to by wood smoke; and so are heart attacks and stroke.
The smoke emission of one wood burning fireplace can pollute an entire neighbourhood and can put people at risk; and this health risk can be multiplied by secondhand tobacco smoke. Here too, cancer may be the end result. Putting smokers at risk, and the people breathing this secondhand smoke! By now it is common knowledge that smoking tobacco can kill, and will; more often than not. But still manufacturers keep producing this poison and trap people to indulge whether it makes them sick or others; and again, cancer is the keyword.
Cancer has brought much grief to so many families, not only through breast caner but other strains as well and year after year millions of dollars are raised for cancer research and much of these donations will be in vain if cancer causing agents in our environment remain. I believe that now is the time to have a more serious look into preventive measures at the home base, while scientists are looking for a cure.
Prevention is in many circumstances the key. And each and every one of us has the opportunity to participate. You and I have the power and ability to bring about a change and eliminate some of the suffering that is brought forth by cancer.
All levels of government and authorities of health departments seem to have failed us by not setting stricter guidelines, which could have prevented many cancer cases! Cancer can strike any time; anyone! No-one is immune to it!
Brie Oishi, Port Coquitlam
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