Friday, June 11, 2010

34K Cancer Deaths a Year Due to Toxins

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 6% of cancer deaths — nearly 34,000 a year — are caused by environmental pollutants. 

That number could be much higher according to the 240-page report released by the President's Cancer Panel, a body of experts that reports directly to President Obama. Although the report doesn't give a figure, it says the government has "grossly underestimated" the problem because of a lack of research.

The report urges the Obama administration to act, even if the evidence linking cancer and chemicals isn't definitive. Nearly 80,000 chemicals are used in the country today, many of which are unstudied and "largely unregulated," the report says.

Children appear to be especially vulnerable, the report says.  Look to your home and make the necessary changes so that you are not living in a toxic brew.  

You can read the whole article here.
By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY
Edited by Soutenus


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