[ RadSafe ] What does it mean to say that something causes 16%of cancers?

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Fri May 11 13:28:56 CDT 2012

More and more I am coming to think "cancer" is like "fever", in that it
describes a symptom, rather than a disease.  I think we are moving past
being limited to treating the symptom to understanding the various
things that can cause it.  

A great irony is that the population has been taught to fear radiation
as the cause of cancer, when it is actually an absolutely necessary to
in understanding and treating cancers. 

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[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Clayton J
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Cc: Cary.renquist at ezag.com
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] What does it mean to say that something causes
16%of cancers?

Cary Renquist wrote:

       "Cancer is more like poverty (caused by a number of events
      throughout one's life, some inherited and some not) rather than
      (caused by a very specific infection delivered via mosquito)."

Except that sometimes cancer is like malaria:

Certain strains of human papilloma virus cause cervical cancer.
virus genes have been identified which are found to be spliced into the
tumor cells DNA causing them to proliferate while evading immune defense

Other cancers have also been found to be caused by viruses.

Clayton J. Bradt
Principal Radiophysicist
NYS Dept. of Health
Biggs Laboratory, Room D486A
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12201-0509


"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the
of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.
Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher
consideration."  -- A. Lincoln
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