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May 20, 2010

Why does the American Cancer Society object to naming environmental causes of cancer?

After the President's Cancer Panel issued a warning that chemicals and their lack of regulation is a major cause of cancer, the American Cancer Society has criticized the report, saying the warnings were overstated. This is the main reason I no longer give to the Cancer Society. They seem much too wedded to the idea that is it all a matter of lifestyle change.

Of course it is true if you eat less fat, more vegetables, and more particularly stop smoking, you reduce your risk of cancer. I have a cousin who sells life support and health equipment and he looks at smoking statistics and opens his business where there are many smokers. He knows they will be needing oxygen, repirators and all the other paraphanlia that goes with failing lungs and heart.

However, to deny the importance of chemicals as a cause of cancer is to shut your mind to the impact they have on our lives and our health. And for some reason the American Cancer Society does this. They sound somewhat like the tobacco companies when the report of the damages of smoking were published. They say there hasn't been enough research.

However, the President's Panel recommends these precautions that you can take to reduce your exposure to chemicals and they are well worth following:

  • Protecting children by choosing foods, house and garden products, toys, medicines and medical tests that will minimize exposure to toxic substances.
  • Filtering tap water, and storing water in stainless steel, glass or other containers to avoid exposure to BPA and other plastic components that some studies have linked to health problems.
  • Buying produce grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, or washing it thoroughly to remove them.
  • Buying meat free of antibiotics and added hormones, and avoiding processed, charred and well-done meat.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at May 20, 2010 8:55 AM
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