: News

New Reports: Link Between Environmental Pollutants And Cancer

Play associated audio

By Leslie Byford

According to a report released by the President's cancer Panel, the public may be underestimating the link between exposure to harmful chemicals in the environment and cancer.

The report says nearly 80,000 chemicals are used daily by average Americans with the potential to cause cancer.

"Well, what we have found is that all of us are at risk and when we thought that just because people worked in construction or other areas there might be a greater risk, that was not proved," says Dr. LaSalle Leffall, chair of the President's cancer panel.

The panel hopes to convey that the severity of the issue is greatly underestimated, something Dr. Michael Thun, who works for the American Cancer Society, sees a little differently.

"Overselling the role of pollution in cancer causation has the risk of trivializing all the other ways that we know about how to reduce cancer," he says.

But, Thun says, the panel's report comes at an important time as Congress begins to rewrite the Toxic Substance Control Act.

NPR

Gamer, Girlfriend Take Relationship To Next Level After Super Mario Proposal

Pam Edwards was playing the video game next to her boyfriend, Shane Birkinbine. Little did she know, Birkinbine had redesigned the level so the bricks spelled out "Will you marry me?"
NPR

'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.
NPR

The Week In Politics: Bernie Sanders, Clinton's Emails And A Trump (Non)Debate

Steve Inskeep talks with columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts and Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt about what to expect this week from Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
NPR

Gamer, Girlfriend Take Relationship To Next Level After Super Mario Proposal

Pam Edwards was playing the video game next to her boyfriend, Shane Birkinbine. Little did she know, Birkinbine had redesigned the level so the bricks spelled out "Will you marry me?"

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.