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Thanks ab. It is so frustrating - all these people in their thirties and forties suffering with cancer.

I know there are childhood cancers, but it just seems that the cancers we usually associate with age are befalling younger and younger people which leads to me question whether the food supply and environment aren't overwhelming our bodies with toxins and oxidative stress and radiation.

Something's wrong when a group of fortysomethings gather in a room and everyone of them can name at least one age peer with cancer.

The people I know personally are/were all health fanatics and regular exercisers. They all have young children :(

My one Italian friend has been eating escarole and broccoli rabe with garlic on a regular basis since she was a little kid! (my sad attempt at humor).

I used to accompany my grandmother and groups of her friends to national conventions in the 1970s. These were all ladies in their 60s and 70s at the time. Most were in great health. When they complained of health problems all I ever heard about was gall bladder problems, arthritis, diverticulitis, heartburn, etc.

She was the national president of a ladies organization, so I probably met over 300 of those ladies at that time. They LOVED to talk to me about their ailments, but nobody ever said anything about cancer.

I know I'll be derided for telling anecdotal tales, but sometimes where there's smoke....

MG

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