Dietary decisions

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Despite millions of pounds of charity and government funds being spent to hurt and kill millions of animals, year after year, in the name of trying to find a cure for cancer, human cancer rates are skyrocketing (“Warning that half of Scots will get
cancer”, 7 June).

Surely, this demonstrates the need to find a new direction. A significant percentage of cancer deaths is attributable to poor
dietary choices.

Whereas meat and dairy products have been shown to contain potentially carcinogenic compounds that may contribute to increased cancer risk, research shows that, by contrast, fruits and vegetables contain a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that protect us from cancer.

Recent research found that men who drank more than a glass of whole milk per day 
doubled their risk for fatal 
prostate cancer.

And the US National Cancer Institute has found that women who consumed one or more servings of dairy products per day, compared with none to less than half a serving, increased their risk of dying from breast cancer by a whopping 49
per cent. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, vegetarians and vegans are about 40 per cent less likely to get cancer than non-vegetarians, regardless of other risks, such as smoking, body size, and socioeconomic status.

They say that an ounce of 
prevention is better than a pound of cure, but often any cure eludes us.

In contrast, choosing vegan meals will prevent or greatly
reduce our risk of developing cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

For more information, please visit peta.org.uk.

Ben Williamson

People for the 
Ethical Treatment of 
Animals (Peta)

All Saints Street

London