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Some Reviews and Comments Comments on the Book,
Preventing Breast Cancer:   The Story of a Major, Proven,
Preventable Cause of This Disease
by John W. Gofman, M.D., Ph.D., 1995.

for the 1995, First Edition:   339 pages, August 1995.
Committee for Nuclear Responsibility Inc.,
Post Office Box 421993
San Francisco, CA 94142-1993
Tel: 415-776-8299.

          * - "Gofman considers radiation a prime cause ... of breast cancer, and he documents his claim both here and in his new book ... It's a story that must be told. We hope it moves you to action." --- Susan Millar Perry, Editor-in-Chief of Longevity Magazine, February 1995.

          * - "Dr. John Gofman, an emeritus professor at the University of California at Berkeley and an expert on the effects of radiation ... has estimated that at least two-thirds of current breast cancer cases are the result of radiation exposure received up to 60 years ago. While other experts dispute the extent of radiation-induced cancers, few deny the hazards [of accumulated breast-irradiation]." --- Jane E. Brody, health columnist for the New York Times, in the "Personal Health" column, May 17, 1995.

          * - "Gofman claims that up to 75% of all breast cancers seen today may have been caused by ionizing radiation from medical x-rays. If Gofman is right, the message is heartbreaking ... Gofman's critics say he has vastly overstated the incidence of x-ray-induced breast cancer ... Even if Dr. Gofman's numbers are off, he has highlighted the havoc well-meaning technology can wreak when pushed too far." --- Joan O'C Hamilton with Neil Gross, "X-Rays under Fire," in Business Week, May 22, 1995.

          * - "I have just finished reading a remarkable new book by John W. Gofman, entitled Preventing Breast Cancer. Gofman calculates that 75% of all cases of breast cancer found today were caused by the large amount of medical x-ray used from about 1910 on ... I didn't believe it, so I decided to check it out ... I believe that Gofman has made the best estimate, to date, of the effect of radiation as a cause of breast cancer." --- Dr. H. Ira Pilgrim, retired cancer biologist, in "Ira's Corner," (a newspaper health column), June 9, 1995.

          * - "This book is very readable and understandable ... and obviously important for understanding female breast-cancer incidence. Gofman's evidence for a very substantial number of breast cancers having been caused by medical practices is beyond a reasonable doubt. " --- Prof. Allen B. Benson, Ph.D., author of the book, Radioactive Fallout:   Hanford's Radioactive Iodine-131 Releases (1989).

          * - "In his new book, Dr. Gofman presents compelling evidence that 75 percent of today's breast cancer cases were triggered by medical x-rays ... Dr. Gofman sees women as the greatest hope for preventing breast cancer in future generations:   Women who are educated on the risks of radiation and who protect their daughters and granddaughters from unnecessary exposure." Nancy Evans, ex-president of Breast Cancer Action (San Francisco) and member of the steering committee of the National Action Program on Breast Cancer (a joint governmental-NGO effort).

          * - "I fully agree with Dr. Gofman's position that we must reduce the amount of ionizing radiation delivered in connection with diagnostic procedures other than mammography." Arthur Ulene, M.D., former medical correspondent for the National Broadcasting Corporation.

          * - "This book has it all ... Do yourself and your loved-ones a favor:   read Preventing Breast Cancer --- and get active." Michael Colby, Executive Director of Food and Water, Inc. (Vermont).

          * - "Reducing radiation to women's breasts would definitely reduce the number of future breast cancers;   of this there can be no doubt. John Gofman's new book examines this problem head on." --- Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly #443, May 25, 1995.

          * - "Dr. John Gofman, probably the greatest scientist to emerge from the radiation era, has written a new book that should make the medical profession stand up and take notice ... [He] argues that 75% of all breast cancers are caused by ionizing radiation, predominantly medical x-rays. Gofman also notes that radiation is one of the few absolutely proven causes of breast cancer ... You need this book." --- Nuclear Information and Resource Service, May 22, 1995.

          * - Preventing Breast Cancer "will convince most [readers] that x-rays have played a decidedly important role in the high breast-cancer rate in the United States ... I urgently request those who employ x-rays to study Gofman's monograph." --- Prof. James C. Warf, author of the book, All Things Nuclear (1990).

          * - "Gofman is doing a service by pointing out the reality of the risk. Whether or not it [radiation exposure] is the most important risk factor for breast cancer remains to be substantiated." --- William E. Morton, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland.

          * - "I think Gofman is making a very important contribution. There's growing evidence to show that past uses of radiation may explain some part of the increase in breast cancer." Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., MPH, senior advisor to the Asst. Secretary for Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, in Your Health, Vol.34, No.12, June 13,1995.

          * - "This book uniquely exemplifies science in the public interest." --- Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago;   author of the book, The Politics of Cancer (1979), and others.

* - Susan Love, M.D., Director of the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center and author of America's most popular "breast book," as videotaped May 19, 1995, at a major lecture in San Francisco:

* - Women's Community Cancer Project, Cambridge, Massachusetts:

* - - Gayle Greene, Ph.D., and Vicki Ratner, M.D., commenting on the book:

* - Review of Preventing Breast Cancer by Gofman in the Library Journal (USA), August 1995:

* - Mortimer Mendelsohn, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Director of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima --- the organization in charge of the Atomic-Bomb Survivor Study. From the program "The X-Ray Effect." (about Dr. Gofman's book), produced by London's 20/20 TV and broadcast August 3, 1995, over Britain's Carlton television network:

* - Edward P. Radford, M.D., epidemiologist and Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (which wrote the BEIR-3 Report). From the program "The X-Ray Effect." (about Dr. Gofman's book), produced by London's 20/20 TV and broadcast August 3, 1995, over Britain's Carlton television network (Channel 3):

* - Andrew A. Skolnick, reporter for "Medical News & Perspectives," in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., Vol. 274, No. 5, pp.367-368, August 2, 1995:

* - Clark W. Heath, Jr., M.D., American Cancer Society (V.P. for epidemiology and surveillance research), claims that Dr. Gofman is "a very good radiation physicist who has had a remarkable career" but who is wrong about his 75 % estimate. In the same article (Journal of the American Medical Assn., August 2, 1995, p.368), Heath also says:

* - Dr. Colin Muirhead and Dr. Chris Sharp of Britain's National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) assert that Dr. Gofman's 75% estimate is wrong. In the same article (Radiological Protection Bulletin, No. 168, August 1995, p.13) they also say:

* - Alice M. Stewart, M.D., epidemiologist at Birmingham University Hospital, and principal investigator of the Oxford Study;   it was the first study (1956) to show excess childhood cancer and leukemia from exposure to medical x-rays in the womb. From the program "The X-Ray Effect" (about Dr. Gofman's book), produced by London's 20/20 TV and broadcast August 3, 1995, over Britain's Carlton television network:

* - Rosalie Bertell, Ph.D., GNSH, International Institute of Concern for Public Health in Toronto, commenting on the book:

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