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Unformatted text preview: 1. Criticize the statement: “ The best way to prevent cancer is to ban all known carcinogens” First, I looked at the definition of carcinogen “ any substance, radionuclide or radiation that is an agent directly involved in the promotion of cancer”. The second item that came to mind was a statement in our textbook that stated that while exposure to asbestos dust has been “ associated ” with mesothelioma, the explanation for its effect to develop this cancer is unknown. In addition, what causes genetic instability is still being hypothesized. Genetics will continue to evolve. Something created today through biotechnology could very well turn into a carcinogen. There will always be carcinogens. The ability to eliminate all carcinogens is impossible because we haven’t strongly defined what the sum of all carcinogens is. By “association” does not quantify itself to meet the definition “directly involved”. There would be a lot of known but not proven carcinogens still left after the first involved”....
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- Summer '08
- Biology, carcinogens, Pediatric cancers, adult cancers