The Willows, Hawaii.
Two-thirds of cancers are due to bad luck, and one-third is due to heredity and environmental factors. So say two scientists at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. By “bad luck,” they mean that healthy cells often mutate randomly, causing cancer.
This should bring a measure of relief to parents of children, stricken with leukemia. Those parents blame themselves for not feeding their children healthy food or for possibly passing on a bad gene. They feel guilty and wonder how they could have prevented their children’s cancer.
It’s true that eating right, exercising, and not smoking are helpful in maintaining good health, but it’s also true that random mutations can lead to cancer despite one’s precautions.
Sometimes, bad things happen to good people, and we don’t know why. Aunty J died of lung cancer at the age of 59, despite being a non-smoker.
Here’s wishing all of us good luck and a life free of cancer! Be gone random mutations!