Friday, 31 October 2014

The cancer epidemic, the economic politics of cancer and other better world resources

For many years researcher and author Samuel Epstein has documented the neglect of prevention as the strategy of choice in the health professions. His first book The Politics of Cancer is still essential reading but from a TorontotheBetter supporter we have recently received a review of his latest (2013) called Stop Breast Cancer Before It Starts. The relevance to social economy is that the preventive measures Epstein recommends as the only effective method of stopping the cancer epidemic lie in the area of public regulation of pollutants and personal practices rather than in the largely financially driven interventionist therapies favoured by the mainstream cancer industries. The review and book details will follow. Remember - you can purchase any social economy book from TorontotheBetter, at a discount - just send an email to postmaster2torontotbetter.net; others may be cheaper, but we are likely the only non-profit online community bookstore you know. Please show your support for what we do for a better Toronto.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Review of Stop Breast Cancer Before it Starts by Samuel Epstein:
Social Determinants of Cancer.
In his new book “Stop Breast Cancer Before It Starts” (2013), Dr. S. Epstein did it again as he did it once before in his 1978 "Politics of Cancer". He blew a whistle on the ineffectiveness of so-called “war against cancer”. It is fair to ask - why we are still losing the fight with this epidemic in spite of billions being spent on diagnosis and treatment and why there is so little emphasis put on preventing it from happening in the first place.
Making prevention a priority would mean addressing social issues rather than just advocating lifestyle changes such as diet or exercise and blaming the victims for not getting tested soon enough. Who is ready to tackle underlining causes of poor health in general: food and environmental injustice, poverty, inadequate working conditions and corporate irresponsibility?