Toxic chemicals and cancer in children case study

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Toxic chemicals and cancer in children Case Study   Products like lawn pesticides,  paint thinner, and weed killers  ( contain chemicals linked to these cancers are freely available in hardware stores  and anybody can buy them
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Pesticides: Health Impacts Toxic chemicals and cancer in children Case Study A review of 32 studies done worldwide  has shown that farmers and their families  are particularly at risk The incidence of multiple myeloma, a bone  marrow cancer, have tripled since the 1950 and  is associated with toxic chemicals
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Pesticides: Health Impacts Bioaccumulation of toxic chemicals However, there is disturbing evidence that, in  the future, breast milk may not be as effective  as it once was in protecting children against  disease As a unique source of nourishment and  protection, breast milk is still the  best choice for mother and child
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Pesticides: Health Impacts Bioaccumulation of toxic chemicals They accumulate in the fatty tissue of women's  breasts and stay there for years Today’s breast milk still contains toxic  remnants of DDT (1950s) passed from  grandmother to mother to child That is why these chemicals are called  persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
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Pesticides: Health Impacts The response of the chemical industry The fact: 5 to 10% of commercial chemicals  cause cancer at any dose The claim: Industry claim that animal testing  done so far have little value “because at a high  enough dose all chemicals cause cancer”
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Pesticides: Health Impacts The response of the chemical industry The fact: The Human Genome project has shown that  laboratory animals and humans have great  genetic similarity and share very similar  endocrine, immune and nervous systems The claim: Industry claim that animal testing  “bears little connection to human risk”
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Pesticides: Health Impacts The response of the chemical industry The fact: Toxicology programs have developed  sophisticated technologies for testing chemicals  at a range of doses in small numbers of animals  and then predicting human risk The claim: Industry claim that testing has little value  “unless it involves tens of thousands of animals  at low dose levels”
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Pesticides: Health Impacts The response of the chemical industry They are preventing whole classes of chemicals  from being properly tested,  putting everybody at risk, especially children These false and inaccurate claims have found  audience in government and press and in most  cases paralyzed the regulatory process
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Pesticides: Health Impacts Testing of medicines X industrial chemicals It must pass a series of safety tests before it 
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