Letters to the Editor

We must defeat cancer

The late Jack Layton, leader of the federal NDP, is shown campaigning here with former New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Dawn Black, now an MLA, and one-time candidate Mary Woo Sims. - Tri-City News file photo
The late Jack Layton, leader of the federal NDP, is shown campaigning here with former New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Dawn Black, now an MLA, and one-time candidate Mary Woo Sims.
— image credit: Tri-City News file photo

The Editor,

Re. “Local politicians mourn NDP leader Layton” (The Tri-City News, Aug. 24).

Cancer has claimed a life in Canada’s political arena. And with the passing of Jack Layton, NDP leader, this dreadful disease has, once more, become a focus throughout our nation and throughout the world.

As we mourn the loss of this political figure, we cannot help but wonder if his death could have been prevented. Many lives could be saved if cancer-causing elements were removed from our daily lives.

Scientists work diligently to find a cure for cancer and to find cancer-causing agents. They have found some in tobacco smoke, in chemically scented household cleaners and laundry products, and in wood smoke. Many of these molecules are also linked to respiratory diseases, lung and heart problems.

All of these hazardous, airborne molecules are finding their way into people’s body systems. We need to remove these carcinogens from our neighbourhoods in order to avoid being beaten by cancer.

Brie Oishi, Port Coquitlam

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