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Letter: Put a focus on the causes of cancer

Vice President Joe Biden watches an honor guard

Vice President Joe Biden watches an honor guard carry a coffin containing the remains of his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, into St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del., for funeral services Saturday, June 6, 2015. Beau Biden died of brain cancer May 30 at age 46. Credit: AP / Patrick Semansky

I would like to raise a very important factor that seemed to be missing from “Cancer ‘moon shot’ a real long shot,” the op-ed by cancer researcher Vinay Prasad [Opinion, Feb. 15].

Why is so much money spent looking for a cure for cancer and too little mentioned about the cause? Doesn’t it make sense to try to prevent cancer before it starts? Why is there little or no mention of educating the public about how our food choices can play a major role?

There have been enough scientific studies that show that consuming too many animal products can cause cancer. If the public gravitated more to a plant-based way of life, many of the cancers we know today would be reduced, if not eliminated. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine.”

Mitchell Castell