Report: Environmentally Induced Cancers Go Underreported
The President's Cancer Panel has presented a report to President Obama stating that "the true burden of environmentally induced cancers has been grossly underestimated." The 240-page document urged the President to use the power of his office to help outlaw the potentially dangerous carcinogens that the report says can lead to cancer when ingested via our food, water, and air. Nearly 50 medical experts contributed to the report before it was submitted to the President.
The President's Cancer Panel was created by an act of Congress in 1971 and is charged with monitoring the multibillion-dollar U.S. National Cancer Program and to report directly to the President every year on cancer-related issues.
"One of the frightening highlights of the report is that it says the American people are 'bombarded with a myriad of dangerous [carcinogenic] exposures' before they are even born," says Stephen Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group.
Although the report did not single out specific cleaning products, it did mention ingredients or derivatives of ingredients that can or at one time may have been be found in conventional cleaning products.
These included benzene and Tetrachloroethylene, which are both used as solvents as well as in the production of other chemicals.
The report also singled out bisphenol A, a plastic used to make everything from baby bottles and trash can linings to some of the sprayers used for cleaning.
"These sweeping reports can be alarming, but they often do lead to actions that benefit people," says Ashkin. "For instance, the cancer rate in the U.S., although still much too high, is actually declining. Reports like this can have a lot to do with that decline, as well as the development of less harmful, more environmentally responsible chemicals and products."
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