Panel Raises Alarm on Chemicals and Cancer

An announcement made by the President’s Cancer Panel states that the link between <"">environmental carcinogens and cancers are much greater than ever realized, reports NBC New York.

According to Nicholas Kristof, a writer for the New York Times, the President’s Cancer Panel is the “Mt. Everest of the medical mainstream” with that declaration making it “astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: Chemicals threaten our bodies.” It seems the statement is a big win for prevention advocates versus those who tout diagnosis and treatment, added NBC News.

The panel also said, quoted NBC News, that the “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-studied or under-studied and largely unregulated—exposure to potential environmental carcinogens is widespread.” NBC News pointed out that the large report (200 pages) is a call for stronger chemical regulation.

“This report is a bombshell. It says that our environment, our lives are saturated with chemicals that may be deadly. We have seen levels of cancer go sky high. Common sense should tell us it’s not a matter of chance,” said Congressman Eliot Engel of the Bronx, quoted NBC News. Engel is also a member of the House subcommittee on health and suspects that Industry will criticize the report and its findings.

“In my 22 years in Congress, I have heard industry cry out against progress again and again. Remember how they insisted that tobacco didn’t cause cancer,” Engel told NBC News. “This report can change our whole outlook. It sounds the alarm. And, since cancer affects us all, Democrats and Republicans, and our families, this issue gives us an opportunity for a real, bi-partisan approach to the prevention of cancer.”.

Of significant note, pointed out NBC News, the panel cites our most vulnerable populations saying that, “infants, children and adolescents are especially vulnerable to environmental contaminants.”

We have long been writing about the unceasing rise in cancers across many demographics and the diseases’ apparent link to chemicals. Earlier last month we wrote that then-emerging research found occupational exposure to some specific chemicals and pollutants is associated to a whopping three-fold chance of developing post-menopausal cancer. That risk is seen when the exposure occurs prior to a women reaching her mid-30s, said the research published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Previous studies also linked breast cancers to chemical exposure.

The other of just two recent examples—and, sadly, there are many, many more connections on which we have been documenting cancer and chemicals—is about a man raised at the Camp Lejeune Marine base who alleges his breast cancer resulted from contaminated base water, not the first time allegations were made regarding contaminated water and cancer diagnoses among residents who lived at or near that particular base.

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