Environmental Carcinogens Linked to Cancer

According to a new report from the President's Cancer Panel, exposure to environmental pollutants may lead to the risk of developing cancer. A lot of evidences support that environmental exposures are linked to cancer. The panel also noted that it was, "particularly concerned to find that the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated".

The reaction to the report was mixed, though a few experts and organizations have highly praised the effort and hailed it as a milestone document. While some of them consider that it overstates the risks.

The title of the report is "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now". It discusses that out of 80,000 chemicals, which are there in the market in the United States, maximum of them have not been studied, or have been understudied.

The panel concludes that the National Cancer Program has not sufficiently addressed "the grievous harm" done by environmental carcinogens.

The panel chair LaSalle D. Leffall said, "There remains a great deal to be done to identify the many existing but unrecognized environmental carcinogens and to eliminate those that are known from our daily lives - our workplaces, schools, and homes".

He stated that an astern action should be taken against increasing number of known or suspected environmental carcinogens, even if there is no irrefutable proof of harm against these carcinogens.