If we truly are going to guard the next generation, we must engage communities to raise the bar on human health -- with a clear and specific focus on preventing cancer. If our children are going to have a healthier future, then cancer must not be an expected stage of life.
How often do we realize that adequate sleep is necessary to maintain a strong immune system, to prevent the growth of cancer? Do we actively seek to manage stress in our daily lives so that we will not be harmed by its effects on our bodies and mind?
Don't get me wrong. We must continue to support the goal of conquering cancer. But we must ask the National Cancer Institute to allocate more funding for prevention, and we must research better, more accurate diagnostics.