Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
June 21, 2006

Survey Finds Remarkable Cancer Cluster Near Nuclear Power Station - Cancer Institutes Ignore Risks


""We have a very serious lack of information of how to go about preventing these diseases, because we haven't had enough information." For these reasons, the experts called for a "National Children's Study" over the next 20 years at a cost of $50 million annually. However, this proposal trivialized substantial and longstanding available scientific information on avoidable causes of childhood cancer, of which the public still remains uninformed by the cancer establishment."

Yes of course more studies are needed ad infinitum if a the desired out come is not met, and only one contrary study is needed if it supports the mainstream view. And they call this science? What a joke!

Here yet again is a typical scenario showing how cancer research and similar organizations, continually cow tow to the industry. They ignore preventative and/or cost effective solutions and measures to keep the funding gravy chain in tact; while encourage the regulatory bodies to throw roadblock after road block on any effective health measures.

"Survey Finds Remarkable Cancer Cluster Near Nuclear Power Station: Cancer in women younger than 50 is more than 15 times UK national average." See:

Cancer near Trawsfynydd - New report shows risks doubled with 15-fold risks in women under 50

With the announcement that Britain is going to possibly build more nuclear power stations, this map is timely and shows the fall-out and hot zones following a similar accident to Chernobyl. Click on each radiation icon to see the fall out.

This should be a wake up call for all. Please Take Action here to: Say No to Nuclear Power in Ontario Canada where currently the industry is trying to usurp efforts against the building of more nuclear power stations.

This information is vital for all please send far and wide.

Thanks,

Chris Gupta
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U. S. National Cancer Institute

Fails to Share Evidence on Cancer Risks
Violations of the National Cancer Act

The U. S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) has instant access to the media, Public Relations operations, and close contacts with Congress. Fully utilizing these outreach resources NCI issues a prodigious ongoing stream of information, press releases, databases, and public educational materials. The latter include the Comprehensive Public Cancer Database System dealing with screening, diagnosis, clinical research, and the latest claimed advances in treatment. In sharp contrast, NCI makes little or no effort to warn the public of well-documented risks, based on experimental and/or epidemiological evidence, from unknowing exposure to a wide range of industrial carcinogens, including those in consumer products, food, cosmetics, toiletries, and household products. As importantly, the National Cancer Institute has also failed to warn of potential carcinogenic risks on the basis of incomplete or suggestive, although not definitive, evidence and also to direct high priority to research and advocacy on such risks. Such failure disregards fundamental principles of public health and the scientific basis of the Precautionary Principle. This mandates the categorical responsibility of industry to provide unequivocal evidence on the safety of any new candidate product or process before its introduction into commerce, thereby ensuring that it does not pose potential or recognized human or environmental risks.

Denial of Citizens' Right-to-Know

The U. S. National Cancer Institute has not attempted to develop a registry of avoidable carcinogenic exposures, including body burden data (p. 19), and make it available to the public. This is in striking contrast to the extensive user-friendly public educational outreach programs of NCI and ACS on cancer treatment and screening. Until such a registry becomes available, in the absence of an acute emergency, patients should specifically request full documentation on the risks of any drug, available in the Warnings and Precautions section of the annual Physicians Desk Reference. This is also in striking contrast to the misleading May 1998 response by past NCI Director Klausner to a question by Congressman Obey whether NCI's Cancer Information Service provides the public with a registry of avoidable carcinogens. NCI's silence effectively denies U.S. citizens of their fundamental democratic Right-to-Know of information on avoidable causes of a wide range of cancers which could empower them to reduce their own risks of disease and death. In this, the cancer establishment appears to make common cause with the chemical industry.

This longstanding denial of citizens' Right-to-Know impacts disproportionately on low income black and other ethnic minorities, besides raising serious concerns on environmental justice. These population sub-groups are at particularly high risk in view of their general discriminatory location near petrochemical plants, hazardous waste sites, municipal incinerators, and nuclear reactors. However, the cancer establishment has rarely, if ever, undertaken epidemiological cluster analyses of claimed excess incidences of a wide range of cancers in such communities, let alone investigate their relation to local exposure to industrial carcinogens.

The cancer establishment's denial of Right-to-Know extends to failure to provide Federal and State agencies with scientific data on carcinogenicity on which regulatory decisions are critically based, claiming that this is not their responsibility. However, regulatory agencies are charged with a wide range of other responsibilities. They also lack the authority and wealth of scientific and educational resources specifically directed to cancer which are heavily invested in the cancer establishment; regulatory agencies are also susceptible to industry lobbying and, more importantly, pressure from pro-industry administrations. Most critically, NCI and ACS have rarely, if ever, provided such data to Congress as a necessary basis for developing appropriate legislation and regulatory authority, apart from failing to inform the public-at-large (12, 34).

It should be stressed that NCI's silence on primary cancer prevention is in violation of the 1971 National Cancer Act's specific charge "to disseminate cancer information to the public." This silence is in further denial of the 1988 Amendments to the National Cancer Program (Title 42, Sec. 285A), which call for "an expanded and intensified research program for the prevention of cancer caused by occupational or environmental exposure to carcinogens."

The silence of the ACS and its track record on primary prevention (Appendix V) is in contrast to their misleading claims for advocacy, as emphasized in its Cancer Facts and Figures 2002: "Cancer is a political, as well as medical, social, psychological, and economic issue. Every day, legislators make decisions that impact the lives of millions of Americans who have been touched by cancer. To affect those decisions positively, the Society has identified advocacy as part of its mission and as one of its top corporate priorities, and works nationwide to promote beneficial policies, laws, and regulations for those affected by cancer."

Avoidable causes fall into four categories, posing widely differing types of empowerment, ranging from the personal to political:

Consumer products: NCI and ACS have failed to inform the public of available information on common carcinogenic ingredients and contaminants in food, cosmetics and toiletries, and household products. They have also failed to provide such information to Congress, and to urge regulatory agencies to require explicit identification and warning labels for all such carcinogens. Such market place pressures would then enable consumers to boycott those industries marketing unsafe products in favor of socially responsible businesses, which are increasingly marketing safer products.

Medical: A wide range of carcinogenic drugs are commonly prescribed to patients in the absence of legally-required informed consent, and of any safe alternatives. The cancer establishment has failed to systematize such information and circulate it to all physicians and the public, and to recommend explicit warning labels on all carcinogenic drugs. Patients should thus request their physicians to provide them with any such evidence (experimental and epidemiological) of cancer risks, as identified in the Warnings and Precautions section of the annual Physicians Desk Reference (PDR). For drugs so identified, patients should request available non-carcinogenic alternatives.

There is now strong evidence that allegedly "low dose" ionizing radiation from diagnostic procedures, particularly CT scans and fluoroscopy, poses significant risks of cancer. These risks are avoidable, as average doses can be substantially reduced without any loss of image quality. Emergencies apart, patients should seek radiologists who are increasingly practicing dose-reduction imaging procedures.

Environmental: The cancer establishment has failed to collate and systematize avoidable information on carcinogenic contaminants in air and water on an ongoing basis, and to make this readily available to the public (12). This information has now become available, at community and zip code locations, in the Environmental Defense's Scorecard (p. 17). Such information would enable activist citizen groups to take political action at the state level in efforts to reduce these carcinogenic exposures. It should be stressed that neither NCI nor ACS have considered, let alone initiated, epidemiological analyses to investigate possible cancer clusters in highly polluted communities.

Occupational: There is substantial information on a wide range of carcinogenic products and processes to which some 11 million men and 4 million women are exposed (12). While industries employing more than 10 workers are required, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, to supply them with Material Safety Data Sheets, such information is generally inadequate and often misleading. While some unions take aggressive action to reduce occupational carcinogenic exposure, this is by no means the rule. Furthermore, plants employing less than 10 workers, generally lower socio-economic ethnic minorities, are virtually exempt from any such protective measures. Again, NCI and ACS should systematize such information and make it fully available to unions and workers on a national basis.

Finally, the cancer establishment's massive funding of a nationwide network of research institutes and hospitals virtually ensures the silence or reticence of their captive epidemiologists and other scientists on primary prevention. These constraints were strikingly exemplified in a widely-publicized May 2002 Public Broadcasting Service television report, Kids and Chemicals, on the relationship between chemical exposures and childhood cancer, and other diseases. The program featured well-qualified experts, some funded by the cancer establishment, who expressed strong concerns while misleadingly stressing the inadequacy of current information. One stated: "We suspect that children who are exposed to pesticides are at greater risk of childhood cancer than other children. But mostly we don't know." Another claimed: "We have a very serious lack of information of how to go about preventing these diseases, because we haven't had enough information." For these reasons, the experts called for a "National Children's Study" over the next 20 years at a cost of $50 million annually. However, this proposal trivialized substantial and longstanding available scientific information on avoidable causes of childhood cancer, of which the public still remains uninformed by the cancer establishment. Additionally, no mention was made of the primary responsibility of the NCI and ACS, whose funding is more than adequate, to undertake further research on avoidable causes of childhood cancer.

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CONTACT:

Cancer Prevention Coalition
University of Illinois at Chicago
School of Public Health
2121 W. Taylor St., MC 922
Chicago, IL 60612

 


posted by Chris Gupta on Wednesday June 21 2006
updated on Sunday January 20 2008

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