During an important time like Breast Cancer Awareness month, it’s unfortunately easy to mistake propaganda for health advice. There’s at least one deceptive, agenda-driven group out there peddling cancer-related snake oil, as found in the Oct. 7 story, “Healthy living can help fend off cancer, experts say.”

The misnamed “Cancer Project,” whose dietitian Susan Levin the Kalamazoo Gazette quoted, is not a mainstream cancer prevention group. It’s actually a radical animal rights organization. Its leader only recently stepped down as president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation. Yes, that PETA. And it actually campaigns against dozens of hard-working cancer charities because they approve of medical research that involves lab rats.

It’s no wonder Levin preaches an “eat less meat” approach to health. We’ve heard this from animal rights zealots for years. Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is a good thing, but there’s no evidence that strict vegetarianism has anything to do with preventing cancer.