U.S. Report on Environmental Cancer Risk

The President's Cancer Panel, formed in 1971 to advise the president, released an extraordinary report yesterdary warning of the risks of cancers caused by chemicals in the environment.

"..The Panel was particularly concerned to find that the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated. With nearly 80,000 chemicals on the market in the United States, many of which are used by millions of Americans in their daily lives and are un- or understudied and largely unregulated, exposure to potential environmental carcinogens is widespread...

"Environmental exposures that increase the national cancer burden do not represent a new front in the ongoing war on cancer. However, the grievous harm from this group of carcinogens has not been addressed adequately by the National Cancer Program. The American people—even before they are born—are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures. The Panel urges you most strongly to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our Nation’s productivity, and devastate American lives."

This report is getting widespread coverage, from NYT Nicholas D. Kristof, "New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer to Marla Cone of Environmental Health News " President's Cancer Panel: Environmentally caused cancers are 'grossly underestimated' and 'needlessly devastate American lives.' "

 

 

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