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Cancer Panel: Environmental Cancers Underestimated

Posted by Jane Akre
Thursday, May 06, 2010 3:25 PM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Cancer, Environmental Health, Children's Health, EPA,

Cancer Panel: Harm Caused By Unchecked Chemicals

Environmental cancers are “underestimated.”

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IMAGE SOURCE: Reducing Environmental Cancer , Report Cover Web site

That is the conclusion of the President’s Cancer Panel, an expert panel that advises President Obama on chemicals in the air, food, and water linked to cancer.

In report released Thursday, the panel calls for a nationwide strategy to reduce chemicals in the environment and workplace.

"With the growing body of evidence linking environmental exposures to cancer, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the unacceptable burden of cancer resulting from environmental and occupational exposures that could have been prevented through appropriate national action," the panel wrote in the report.

In 2009, approximately 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer and 562,000 died from the disease.

With a growing body of evidence linking environmental exposures to cancer traditional cancer research dollars have gone to finding drugs to fight the disease. With an emphasis on avoiding cancer in the first place, the panel is targeting the sources which can be found in industrial, occupational and agricultural exposures, as well as military activities, modern lifestyles, medical practices, and natural sources.

With nearly 80,000 chemicals introduced in the U.S. market for everything from cleaning sinks to cleaning jet fighters, plastic production such as bisphenol A (BPA), to benzene and formaldehyde in carpets.

A complete overhaul of existing chemical laws is needed reports the Washington Post.

As the system stands now, the burden of proof of a chemical’s toxicity falls on regulators to prove after the chemical is released into the environment, a burden the government has been unable to tackle. With standards that high, the federal government has been unable to ban asbestos, a carcinogen, already prohibited in dozens of countries.

The report concludes that efforts must be increased to inform the public as well as reduce exposures to children who are “far more vulnerable to environmental toxins and radiation than adults.”

In fact, industrial chemicals have been found in the umbilical-cord blood of fetuses in research done by the Environmental Working Group, showing that babies are born pre-polluted.

The Problem?

Too many regulatory agencies have responsibility over chemicals and funding is inadequate.

Sen Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has introduced the Safe Chemicals ct of 2010 that would shift the burden of proof about the safety of a new chemical back onto industry before it can be used.

Beyond individual chemicals, the panel said that the cumulative effect on humans from different and multiple exposures should be considered for the subtle changes in the human body which may show up as cancer years down the road. #


2 Comments

Posted by nyscof
Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:33 PM EST

11 Environmental Protection Agency employee unions representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals called for a moratorium on the addition of fluoride chemicals into public water supplies across the country, and have asked EPA management to recognize fluoride as posing a serious risk of causing cancer in people. See: LINK

People need to stop groaning when they hear the word fluoride. People Opposed to Fluoridation were probably the first environmentalists who were, are still are, put-down, denigrated and marginalized by people who should know better.

Fluoride is not a nutrient nor essential for healthy teeth. Modern science shows that ingesting this chemical does not reduce tooth decay. Fluoride as a drug hardens tooth enamel from topical application, alone.

The fluoride chemicals that are added into water supplies are by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry which are oddly regulated by a private company called NSF International which also represents the industries that produce these chemicals.

The EPA out-sourced this responsibility in the 1980's

In. February 2008, NSF international reported that they only tested 245 fluoridation chemicals (there are 50,000 public water suppliers) sampled from 2000 to 2006 and found 2% had detectable levels of lead and 43% had detectable levels of arsenic. Since the EPA set the maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) of fluoride and arsenic at zero, I don't understand why these tainted fluoridation chemicals are allowed into public water supplies. No one entity seems to be in charge. I've questioned EPA, CDC and NSF International. No one has the answer.

Other toxins allowed in the fluoridation chemicals are antimony, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, selenium, and thallium. See:
LINK

People might be surprised to learn that fluoridation chemicals (silicofluorides) have never been safety tested in humans or animals.

Over 2,750 professionals (including over 260 dentists) urge the US Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted, citing scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement: LINK

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Posted by rich
Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:47 PM EST

The California Air Resources Board's December 15, 2009 report states:

"Nearly all homes (98%) had formaldehyde concentrations that exceeded guidelines for CANCER and chronic irritation..."

Summary: LINK
Report: LINK
Researcher's PowerPoint: http://iee-sf.com/resources/pdf/ResidentialVentilation.pdf

Unintended Consequences: Formaldehyde Exposure in Green Homes. LINK

CA Energy Commission sets regulation with little input and/or concern about the negative impact on the occupants. During the CEC existence residential formaldehyde has gone from difficult to detect to 14 ppb, to 29 ppb, to 50 ppb to 100 ppb and asthma in children under 5 has increased.

Homes with sick occupants have had elevated formaldehyde. After controlling the formaldehyde, several parents report their children have been able to completely stop using inhalers and asthma medicines.

Large sources of residential exposure not mentioned are formaldehyde resin in: fiberglass wall insulation; laminate flooring; and MDF (interior doors and molding).

Most building materials have reached their long-term equilibrium by the time it reaches a job site. Formaldehyde continues to off gas forever. A tract home built in the early 1960's carpet underlayment is still raising room air to 93 ppb.

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