In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a war on cancer. Through the National Cancer Act, he established the first presidential panel on cancer and charged them to submit an annual report on cancer in the US.
This year, the presidential panel has said that environmental factors are more responsible for the rising cancer rates than previously believed. Dr. Philip Landrigan told ABC news that "for the past 30 years, there has been systemic effort to minimize the importance of environmental factors and carcinogenesis…This report marks a sea change."
Some of the hazardous exposure detailed in the report include pesticides, fertilizers, pharmaceutical byproducts in water supplies, household chemicals, and emissions from cars, trucks, and planes. The panel urges the Obama administration to put more funding in for research of environmental toxins.
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