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Toxic Chemicals and the Rise of Childhood Cancer: What is the Relationship?

Posted on January 26, 2011

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Toxic Chemicals and The Rise of Childhood Cancer: What's the Relationship?

 

Toxic chemicals and the rise of Childhood Cancer Since 1975 cancer in American children has increased, especially childhood leukemia and brain cancer. Meanwhile, 80,000 chemicals have been produced in the U.S. to create commonly-used products, which include known carcinogens such as asbestos, formaldehyde, lead, cadmium, trichloroethylene, and vinyl chloride, with virtually no government oversight. The use of toxic chemicals has risen dramatically in the last 50 years to a point that they are now ubiquitous in human bodies and our environment. Although it is not clear exactly why these childhood cancers are on the rise, a substantial and growing body of evidence suggests that these chemicals may play a role.

Last year the President’s Cancer Panel report provided strong confirmation that exposure to toxic chemicals is an important and under-recognized risk factor for cancer, and recommended that the Government take immediate action to reverse this trend. In fact, the Panel highlighted the need for Congress to reform the failed 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), commenting that this law is “the most egregious example of ineffective regulation of chemical contaminants” and noting that weaknesses in the law have constrained the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from being able to properly regulate known and suspected carcinogens.

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Posted by: pest control daytona beach fl | May 17, 2013 6:53:19 AM

the food industry, the medicial industry, the drug industry, and the petro-chemicial industry, and the alchohol industry all have cancer causing agents in there products, but due to there greed by certain public officials they are allowed

Posted by: anuel Jackson | Feb 27, 2013 11:02:21 AM

This is pretty scary stuff to think about, and future generations are going to have be dealing with a lot of health issues if we don't make some changes. There has been an increase in funding recently for clinical research trials on children's cancer. For more information on cancer trials in the U.S. look at: http://www.clinicaltrialsgps.com/clinical-trials-indications/cancer/

Posted by: clinicalgps | Jan 9, 2012 2:29:19 PM

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Posted by: pest control services corona | Sep 14, 2011 10:03:49 PM

I just blogged on this very topic, calling it "Kids, Cancer and Cosmetics". It is an absolute TRAVESTY that the FDA has not regulated our products all of these years and that manufacturers, especially for children's "safe" products, "gentle" products...are willing to ignore the toxic products in their ingredients, regardless of regulation (or lack thereof!).

Everyone owes it to a child to take a stand to support the pending legislation you mentioned above as well as the "Kid's Safe Chemical Act" proposed in 2009. Here is link to my blog post: http://verdemom.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/kids-cancer-and-cosmetics/

Posted by: Verde Mom | Feb 4, 2011 4:33:52 AM

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