The lead guitarist of U2, known as The Edge- real name David Evans- is more than a musician. He’s also the father of a child who survived leukemia at age 7 (she’s recovered and 19 years old now). Since then, he’s been interested in health and cancer and especially in angiogenesis1 (the formation of new blood vessels2).
While several antiangiogenesis drugs have been recently developed (they disrupt the blood supply that cancers need to grow) Evans is convinced that certain foods can play a similar role, and he’s pressing for more research. But his words aren’t just lip service, he’s a board member of the Angiogenesis Foundation, a Cambridge, Mass.-based nonprofit headed by William Li, an internal medicine physician who studied under angiogenesis pioneer Judah Folkman.3
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Though most physicians and even the American Cancer Society aren’t willing to say that any particular food will ward off the disease, diet is indeed crucial to good health (obesity itself is linked to an increased possibility of cancer).
During a visit to Washington, he and Li visited Capitol Hill to argue for more research on the issue. He also gave an interview to the Post, and, thanks to Philly.com, you can read the edited version here.