The "President's Cancer Panel" submitted their annual report in May, 2010. In their letter to the President preceding the report the Panel urged him most strongly to: "use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our Nations productivity, and devastate American lives"
The response from the White House? Silence!
Here are more direct quotes from the report:
"With the growing body of evidence linking environmental exposures to cancer, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the unacceptable burden of cancer resulting from environmental and occupational exposures that could have been prevented through appropriate national action."
"The Panel was particularly concerned to find that the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated. With nearly 80,000 chemicals on the market in the United States, many of which are used by millions of Americans in their daily lives and are un- or understudied and largely unregulated, exposure to potential environmental carcinogens is widespread"
"The public remains unaware of many common environmental carcinogens. Most also are unaware that children are far more vulnerable to environmental toxins and radiation than adults. Efforts to inform the public of such harmful exposures and how to prevent them must be increased. All levels of government, from federal to local, must work to protect every American from needless disease through rigorous regulation of environmental pollutants."
"The grievous harm from this group of carcinogens has not been addressed adequately by the National Cancer Program. The American people, even before they are born, are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures."
A staggering "41 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, and about 21 percent will die from cancer. The incidence of some cancers, including some most common among children, is increasing for unexplained reasons."
Tell President Obama that the status quo ends NOW! Protecting greedy polluters ends NOW! Using people as lab rats ENDS NOW!! The experiment failed: WE ARE DYING!!
Every minute of every hour 3 Americans are diagnosed with cancer.
Cancer devastates the lives of millions of people;together we can force a change that will protect all future generations.
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The Panel's report also said this: "Each person can become an active voice in his or her own community. To a greater extent than many realize, individuals have the power to affect public policy by letting policymakers know that they strongly support environmental cancer research"
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We sincerely "THANK YOU!" Peace and Blessings!
We, the undersigned, strongly support environmental cancer research and all necessary measures that will remove from the environment toxins that are known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals. We urgently request that you respect the American people and honor "The President's Cancer Panel" report by immediately implementing the Panel's recommendations.
"Treating" cancer increases suffering. "Treating" cancer costs nearly $100 BILLION per year in medical care alone. "Treating" cancer and throwing money at it will NOT reduce suffering or halt the epidemic cancer has become. The steady incidence increases over the past 40 years has proven that. Your expert panel thoroughly outlined the steps that need to be taken; we strongly urge you to heed their advice, TODAY!
Every minute of every hour, 3 Americans are diagnosed with cancer; 4,000 new diagnosis DAILY! In addition, EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY HOUR, a man, woman or child DIES of cancer 1,500 PEOPLE EVERY DAY! It IS an epidemic!! EVERY MINUTE, day after day, week after week......
Doctors and scientists agree: cancer incidence rates could be reduced by at least 40% through PREVENTION alone. Yet, many millions of children and adults continue to be unknowingly assaulted by countless hidden toxins due to policymakers inaction. It is vital to reverse the shameful legacy of previous administrations, starting today.
We specifically request that you heed The Panel's advice: "remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our Nations productivity, and devastate American lives"
We thank you for taking the time to read and fully consider our most urgent request.
Sincerely, Mylene Courtade and all of the undersigned petitioners
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