The American publication ‘Nutrition Action’’s most recent article highlights issues about women and alcohol by George Koob (Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health), Walter Willet (chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health) and Regina Ziegler (of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics at the National Cancer Institute).
Well, we won the Breast Cancer Now sponsored debate easily and the house supported the motion that “This house believes we should stop focussing on the CAUSES of breast cancer and get on with strategies to PREVENT the disease”.
It was indeed a pleasing win given we had a full house in a conference dominated by molecules, single nucleotide polymorphisms and chemotherapy. All important areas in the mega- challenge of cancer treatments, but let’s face it the challenge of prevention trumps it all and enjoys the least investment.
It never fails to amaze me how current evidence on lifestyle, and cancer prevention and lifestyle, is so rarely talked about outside academic life. If family and friends know that I research cancer prevention strategies they assume this involves genetics, laboratory investigations or testing special dietary regimens.