I do wonder if anyone has tracked the trend of cancer, the disease, whether its been rising or falling, and mapped it on to climate change?
My mother said to me recently that growing up in India in the 50’s and 60’s no one they knew ever died of cancer, but since the 90’s there’s someone in every family. Did the disease not exist or was it never diagnosed? What about in the middle ages and before the Industrial Revolution? Just pondering…
[update: Just found this on the Beeb’s site. ]
Shangba sounds idyllic, but it hides a deadly story. There is a broad river running to the side of the village – its shallow waters rippling over smooth stones. For years locals relied on the river for drinking water, and to irrigate their crops.
Now, though, many of those same people are dying of cancer. This small hamlet has joined the ranks of what China’s media calls the country’s "cancer villages."