Auto Plastics

A new study, November, 2012 links breast cancer with auto plastics.  Apparently, women in SW Ontario’s auto factory are five times more likely to develop the disease!  The full article can be viewed here.

So what does this mean?  Will they change the environment?  Workers have to make a choice between an income and their possible health implications?  Here’s a quote:

“Carol Bristow, who has worked in the industry since 1989, said many workers seem unwilling to confront their bosses with health questions. Too often, she said, a woman disappears from the factory floor and her co-workers don’t learn until much later that another case of breast cancer has been diagnosed.

In 1992, when she was 34, Bristow was diagnosed with cancer in her right breast, which was removed along with about 20 lymph nodes. Later, Bristow was tormented by bladder infections. Benign tumors were removed from her bladder in 2010 and again in August of this year.

Why does Bristow stay?

The pay, she explained, is a respectable $22 an hour, with benefits, in a tough economy.”

A sad statement whether here in the U.S. or around the world.  We are slowly poisoning our planet and ourselves.

Add to this the imperfect science of treating one illness and creating a new one….  another study links heart failure in older breast cancer patients taking Herceptin©.  This report can be viewed here.    

The Yale The team found that compared with patients who received no adjuvant chemotherapy or trastuzumab; use of trastuzumab was associated with a 14% higher adjusted incidence rate for heart failure or cardiomyopathy over three years. Patients who received both trastuzumab and anthracycline had a 23.8% higher rate, and those treated with anthracycline chemotherapy alone had a 2.1% higher rate of heart failure or cardiomyopathy events over three years.

whatever happened to ‘first, do no harm’……..  we are our own pilots of a ship aloft in a swirling sea of confusion.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Leni Jeanette
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 16:01:05

    reminds me of the coal miners.

    Reply

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