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EHN: Cancer By The Numbers: How Many Are Caused By The Environment?
May 20, 2010, 9:59 am
Filed under: News

More than 60 percent of U.S. cancer deaths are caused by smoking and diet. But what about the rest? Some experts say a decades-old estimate that six percent is due to environmental and occupational exposures is outdated and far too low. But scientists most likely will never be able to tease out the true role of environmental contaminants. “It’s like looking at strands of a spider web and deciding which one is important,” said Dr. Ted Schettler, director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. A report by the President’s Cancer Panel, released earlier this month, reignited the 30-year-old controversy about how large a role environmental factors play in the No. 2 killer of Americans.

By Brett Israel
Environmental Health News
May 20, 2010

Traces of chemicals known to cause human cancer lurk everywhere. But after decades of research, figuring out how many people might contract cancer because of them remains an elusive goal.

More than 60 percent of U.S. cancer deaths are caused by smoking and diet. But what about the rest?

A report by the President’s Cancer Panel, released earlier this month, reignited a 30-year-old controversy among cancer experts and environmental epidemiologists about how large a role environmental factors play in the No. 2 killer of Americans.

Read further at http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/environmental-cancers

Download the Report at http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/pcp08-09rpt/PCP_Report_08-09_508.pdf

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