National Cancer Prevention Day Call For Action To Reduce Burden Of Cancer

Health, Science, Policy and Business Leaders: "Reducing Toxic Chemicals in Our Environment Can Decrease Cancer Rates in Adults and Children."

February 3, 2021 10:33 AM EST

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the first National Cancer Prevention Day was recognized by the House of Representatives eight years ago, cancer remains a burden felt by many: 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime; cancers in children are climbing alarmingly, with an increase of 34% since 1975, and cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease in children ages 1 to 19 in the U.S. 

We can and must do more to prevent cancer.

The Cancer Free Economy (CFE), a network of leading organizations, experts and stakeholders from multiple sectors, has issued a call to action. The science is clear: To reduce the burden of cancer, we must address environmental causes. 

On National Cancer Prevention Day (Feb 4th), two CFE leaders, Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH, Executive Director, Children's Environmental Health Network, and Polly Hoppin, Sc.D, Research Professor, UMass Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, will speak on panels during Less Cancer's annual National Cancer Prevention Summit, a virtual event for health and science professionals and the general public to learn more about cancer prevention research, best practices and related topics. Other notable speakers include: Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, author, "What the Eyes Don't See"; Rob Bilott, attorney, author of "Exposure" that became the movie "Dark Waters"; U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, Michigan; US Senator Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire; Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global founder and Huffington Post co-founder; and more. 

On February 4th, CFE will also release Unacceptable Risk: Dr. Margaret Kripke on Cancer and the Environment, a documentary that chronicles the story of a prominent cancer researcher who came to rethink her assumptions about the causes of cancer and the influence of toxic chemicals in our everyday environment. Dr. Kripke was appointed by George W. Bush to serve on the President's Cancer Panel (2003-2010). She learned from expert testimony presented to the Panel that only a fraction of the 80,000-plus chemicals on the market in the U.S. are tested for safety, and many known and suspected carcinogens are unregulated, making exposure to environmental carcinogens a widespread and daily occurrence for most Americans. 

"In the United States, we only regulate chemicals after evidence of harm.  This is in contrast to other Western countries which require proof of safety prior to release. In the United States, there are no incentives for developing safer alternatives," Kripke said. "We need high throughput screening tests to determine what is going to cause cancer before things go on the market, a kind of green chemistry so that companies can make safer products."

To find out more about the Cancer Free Economy Network and to see a full list of actions and ways to get involved for National Cancer Prevention Day/Month, visit

The Cancer Free Economy Network is a dynamic, collaborative network among diverse teams of experts and stakeholders from the environmental and social justice, health, science, policy, legal, labor, business and communications sectors who have come together to accelerate progress towards a society that values healthy communities above profit.  

For more information about the initiative contact:

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