Race for the Cure, Rally for Prevention

Race for the Cure, Rally for Prevention

 Is cancer almost inevitable? According to the National Cancer Institute, about 41% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime, and approximately 21% will die from it. As cancer affects millions of American families, it also adds billions of dollars to our nation’s health care bill.

Cancer in childhood is quite rare compared with cancer in adults, but, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is still the second most common cause of death for Americans under the age of 20. Thanks to improved treatment options, the mortality of children with cancer has decreased. However, the percentage of children who are diagnosed with leukemia, brain and other cancers is actually increasing—see the chart below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is causing this upward trend? There is growing scientific literature that links chemical exposures to six categories of chronic conditions, including certain types of cancer. In fact, the American Nurses Association recently partnered with the  Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, who work to create the foundation for a sound and comprehensive chemicals policy that protects public health and the environment.

While it may be impossible to avoid all exposure to chemicals in our modern world, being aware of their implications and making small lifestyle changes can have enormous benefits. While many products may contain only small amounts of toxic chemicals, chronic exposure may have significant health consequences. For tips on avoiding toxic chemicals at home and at work, click here.

Use your power as a nurse, mother, community member, or friend to limit the chemicals in our cleaners, children’s toys, cosmetics, and other products. Read up on Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) reform, which will require that companies prove that their products are safe, rather than waiting decades to discover that they are not. To communicate with your elected officials, click here.

What changes can you make to reduce your family’s chemical exposure?  Share your story here.

-Charlotte Wallace, RN

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  1. Posted by Charlotte Wallace, at Reply

    ~ Note from ANHE ~ Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments ~

    Race for the Cause

    RALLY FOR SAFE CHEMICALS!

    Thursday July 29, 2010
    1:00-2:00 pm EST
    National Mall by the Capitol Reflecting Pool

    Each year, millions of Americans run or walk in support of research to find a cure for chronic ailments like breast cancer, asthma, autism, and colon cancer. What if we could keep people from getting sick in the first place? What if we raced to find the cause of many of these aliments and prevented them in the first place? We need to reform our out of date federal law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, which allows toxic chemicals into our homes, products and bodies; many of which are linked to cancer and chronic disease.

    On July 29, we’ll walk, jog and run around the Capitol Reflecting Pool to call for chemical policy reform to protect people from toxic chemicals that can make us sick. Join us for a quick mock “road race,” rally and press conference calling on Congress to reform TSCA now!

    Directions: We will convene in the grassy area just west of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC.

    The location is between Maryland Ave. SW and Constitution Ave. NW on 3rd St. NW. It is accessible from the Capitol South, Smithsonian, or Federal Center SW Metro stations.

    Look for the big rubber ducky!

    For more information, contact:

    Melissa Waage, NRDC, mwaage@nrdc.org, (202)289-2395

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