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Environmental Cancer

(See endnote 33)

It is estimated that 41% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime and that 21% will die from cancer. Environmental and occupational exposure contributes substantially to this problem. Sources of exposure may be found in: manufacturing; industrial products and processes, even those which have been banned and not used for many years; agricultural sources including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, the active ingredients as well as the solvents, fillers, and inert ingredients; a variety of air pollutants from transportation sources, dry cleaning, particulates containing a variety of chemicals, burning of fossil fuels, etc.; medical sources including imaging, nuclear medicine, potentially new pharmaceuticals; military sources including weapons and improper disposal of chemical products; Superfund sites; cigarette smoking; contaminated drinking water; and natural sources such as radon gas and sunlight. There is a serious lack of funding and research to determine the specific levels and nature of environmental cancers.

 
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