Does the dog, man’s best friend, have the highest rate of cancer out of any other mammal on the planet? Are they the most affected by this terrible disease?
Today’s researchers believe so:
“Yes, rates of cancer in dogs are higher- spectacularly so. I think dogs have much to tell us about this awful disease if we back away from addressing it as a breed problem resulting from genetic bad luck, and instead see it as evidence that there might be some unknown but fundamental process that is driving the risk of cancer in dogs. We just need to figure out what it is.” – Carol Beuchat, PhD, Scientific Director, Institute of Canine Biology (Instituteofcaninebiology.org)
Today, research points out that while 5% of all cancer cases are genetic, 95% are the results of lifestyle and environmental influences.
Meaning we have the ability to help control a major portion of these influential factors!
The next time someone tells you that pets and humans are living longer today, what they actually mean is they are living longer sicker, and that shouldn’t be the aim.
“Cancer is a leading cause of death globally: an estimated 7.6 million people died of cancer in 2005 and 84 million people will die in the next 10 years if action is not taken.” – World Health Organization (WHO)