Cancer is a terrible disease that is all too common in our beloved four-legged friends. Studies show that 1/3 of all dogs will die of cancer and half of all dogs that make it to 10 years of age will get cancer. For some specific breeds the odds are even worse. A staggering 3/4 of all golden retrievers will develop cancer. I actually heard one veterinary oncologist refer to this breed as “golden tumor dogs.”
Why so much cancer? Well, certainly genetics plays a role as can be seen by the increased incidence in goldens. However, it is estimated that only 15% of human cancer deaths are caused by faulty genetics. Studies also show that up to 1/3 of human cancer cases are preventable by diet alone. Factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, and obesity are much more important than genetics when it comes to cancer.
In fact, cancer is considered a cultural disease. It turns out that the US has one of the highest rates of most cancers and there are more cases in urban areas. People who move here from countries with low cancer rates have the same risk by the second generation. Certainly their genes did not change that fast. Apparently, living in the USA causes cancer.
What is it about our culture that promotes cancer? My bet is that the high consumption of processed convenience foods is a major factor. Many Americans are also addicted to carbs – which are known to promote cancer. Then we have cancer promoting toxins in our environment such as fire retardant chemicals in carpeting and furniture, lawn chemicals and polluted air and water.
Our pets are victims of these same cancer causing issues. Studies have found that processed pet foods contain carcinogens. They are also packed with carbohydrates which feed cancer. Even if you are feeding raw your pet cannot escape indoor and outdoor pollutants. That’s why I say that if you are not doing something to prevent cancer then you are promoting it. That is just a fact of life in the USA.
I have recently discovered a supplement that contains phytonutrients that help prevent cancer (and much more). It is made with 100% human grade ingredients and is standardized for quality. Nutrocept is a tasty powder that can be mixed into moist food or mixed with water to form a gravy to top off dry food.
Stop promoting cancer and start fighting it.