People of Scandinavian descent, particularly Finnish in my experience have a predisposition towar contracting one form or another of cancer. Perhaps some nationalities has a defective genetic mututation with a tendency toward this disease. I am Finnish myself and I have had cancer and so have various people in my family. It appears that there is predisposition for it either in my family or in people of Finnish descent. Perhaps there are environmental factors involved, Finland has a cold climate but I do not think that is something that would be a reason for cancer cells to re-produce. In our lecture in the Reflection Ms. Karim stated that it was something to reflect on if culture and political and economic influences spread disease. What way would it affect cancer? Perhaps it is diet. This nationality makes a lot of pasties and seem to prefer and “meat and potatoes” type of diet. This may be an environmental dietary factor in the development of cancer. Cultural ecology examines how cultural beliefs and practices influence ecologogical relation between humans and diseases (lecture l, Chapter 2). Cultural practices and beliefs may influence things like food choices. People that have immigrated to the United States seem to have the same tendency toward this disease, so being here in the United States seems to not have made a difference.
The ecosystem could be out of balance in this nationality. It is possible that first generations have not adapted and achieved a balance between themselves and their environment. I believe it is a combination of factors from environment, lifestyle and there may be a genetic component somewhere that we are not aware of. In the future there may be a way of altering these affected genes if they are proven to be the culprit. Some may say that is playing God. That is a moral argument for philosophers and scientists.