Global childhood cancer rates jumped 13% in the decade to 2010 compared to the 1980s, according to a UN-backed study that says the increase may be due in part to improved detection.
For children under 15, the incidence rate of cancer was 140 per million during the first decade of this century, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported in The Lancet Oncology.
Locally, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) in a previous review stated that many developing countries are going through rapid societal and economic changes, and there is a shift toward lifestyles representative of industrialised countries. These factors, along with changes in reproductive, dietary, and hormonal risk factors, are contributing to the rising cancer rates.
Ty Bollinger lost both his mother and father to cancer (as well as 5 other family members). Ty travels the globe and sits down with the foremost doctors, researchers, experts, and cancer conquerers to find out their proven methods for preventing and treating cancer.
In this video, Ty speaks with the founder of the Dr. Rath Research Institure, Dr. Matthias Rath and the director of research, Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, about why childhood cancer rates are on the rise.
Video Transcript: Why Are Childhood Cancer Rates on the Rise?
Ty Bollinger: You just mentioned children. Children are being taken from their parents. I’ve had the opportunity to interview several parents that have had their children literally taken from them because they refused chemotherapy. Why do you see—why have we seen over these last couple decades, this huge increase of children with cancer?
Dr. Rath: Well, I would start, but one of the answers is that during the phase of growth of the human body, cancer cells divide naturally. They multiply, otherwise we don’t grow. Bones do, our skeleton expands. And that’s why we have already, by natural means, the risk that certain cancers are developing in the juvenile age. For example, osteosarcoma, a typical form of juvenile cancer, develops during the phase of bone growth in the epiphysis, the growth zone of the bone.
And then we have this effect, that chemotherapy is offered as a solution, and actually makes our cancer really explode. We have the fact that by now, 42 percent of all prescription drugs currently offered and sold in the United States, and for that matter, in the Western World, are potentially carcinogenic, according to US statistics.
And so we have, by the very means of reacting to the problem of cancer, by the way they do it, by the methods that are being used, we have a very strong reason why there is this explosion. Plus, we have lots of environmental factors and nutritional factors, etcetera.
Dr. Niedzwiecki: Pollutions. Yeah. So the same factors that Dr. Rath said, that children are vulnerable because their cells are already in this growing phase, means the enzymes that destroy connective tissue are active. And therefore, if there is exposure to carcinogenic compounds, the cells can reprogram and start digesting this connective tissue indefinitely and then other changes occur. So it’s a combination of different factors.
Ty Bollinger: Well, Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki, thank you for helping us today to engage in our mission to educate, to expose, and to eradicate cancer. I know that this has been a very informative interview for the viewers, and so I just really thank you for the fact that you’re providing science-based natural medicine that most medical doctors say, “I want to see the scientific evidence.” They’ve got it with these treatments that you’re currently using with these micro-nutrients. So I thank you for what you’re doing, and just keep up the good work. It’s great to be on your team.
Dr. Niedzwiecki: Thank you.
Dr. Rath: Thanks, Ty.
Ty Bollinger: Appreciate it. Thank you so much.
The full interview with Drs. Niedzwiecki & Rath is part of the “The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest” docu-series.