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U.S. Senate: Protect our Families from Toxic Chemicals
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U.S. Senate: Protect our Families from Toxic Chemicals

    1. Sponsored by

      League of Conservation Voters

Right now, there is little control of what goes into our everyday products, such as household cleaners, soaps, furniture, children’s toys, plastics, and electronics. Many of these contain toxic compounds that have been linked to rising instances of childhood cancer, learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, reproductive disorders, and asthma. Why? Because the EPA is required to test only a few hundred of the 80,000 different chemicals currently on the market, which means that chemical companies don’t have to prove that most of the chemicals they make are safe before they end up in our products.

Congress can change that by passing a bill called the Safe Chemicals Act, which would reform our broken chemical policy for the first time in more than 30 years and finally protect us from dangerous chemicals. But the chemical industry is fighting hard to protect their profits by blocking this critical legislation. So if we want it to pass, we need to make sure our legislators hear from constituents who want to be protected from harmful chemicals now. Sign our petition urging the Senate to hold the chemical industry accountable and pass the Safe Chemicals Act when they return this November.

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    • Monica Morrison DOVER, OH
      • 6 months ago

      Why would you even ask!

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      The son of my aunt died in the age of nine years of leukaemia!

      Brain tumours are the leading cause of childhood cancer deaths

      in Britain, with half as many more children dying from the illness

      as from leukaemia. Figures from the Office of National Statistics

      show that in 2007 there were 47% more deaths from brain

      tumours among under-15s than from leukaemia.

      Every year sees the launch of Brain Tumour Research, a national

      coalition of 14 charities, which believe that research is "woefully

      underfunded". It is backed by celebrities including the actress

      Sheila Hancock, whose grandson survived a tumour, and actor

      Martin Kemp and opera singer Russell Watson, who were both

      treated successfully.

      Hancock, 76, the widow of actor John Thaw, saw her grandson

      Jack diagnosed with a rare tumour aged four. "It is terrible to

      watch a grandchild go through the diagnosis and treatment of a

      brain tumour. You feel so helpless." Jack was successfully

      operated on.

      Kevin O'Neill, a consultant neurosurgeon at Imperial College

      London, said: "Brain tumours are on the increase, reportedly in

      the region of 2% per year. But in my unit we have seen the

      number of cases nearly double in the last year."

      Dr. Zeenat Currimbhoy was the first Pediatric Child Cancer and Blood Disorder specialist in India who laid the foundation stone for the specialty of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology in Mumbai in the 1980’s. Pediatric oncology as a specialty was virtually nonexistent in the early 1980s in India. Most children were treated, often unsuccessfully, by adult oncologists in a few cancer centers or by self-trained pediatricians in medical colleges. There was lack of good quality pediatric cancer units and multidisciplinary or protocol based care. There were only a handful of pediatric oncologists, who were usually trained abroad. The first dedicated pediatric cancer unit was started in Tata Memorial Hospital in 1985. Apart from poor infrastructure and lack of trained staff, sociocultural and economic factors such as limited financial resources, ignorance and cancer illiteracy contribute to advanced presentation and poor outcome of childhood cancers in India. Despite these issues, the outcome of pediatric cancers has gradually improved in the country over the last four decades.

      Childhood cancer contributes to less than 5% of the total cancer burden in India, with approximately 45,000 children diagnosed with cancer every year. In the developed countries 80% of the children with cancer are cured. Therefore, in India, the cure for children with cancer should be a priority. In India, quantifying the burden also faces other barriers: parents may not recognize the signs of cancer, or not have the resources to get the patient to a medical facility. Once at a clinic or hospital, lack of resources or medical equipment & personnel may mean the diagnosis is not made. Even when cancer is recognized, the family may lack the funds to pursue treatment and decide to abandon therapy before the patient is registered. The precise abandonment rates for childhood cancer patients in India are unknown, but range from 10-63%. In view of all the situations just described, the childhood cancer case will be "invisible" to the cancer registry.

      Pediatric oncology in India needs a concerted, collaborative and multidimensional effort. This is also important in order to meet its obligation to ensure the fundamental right of each child to receive good quality health care and chance of cure.

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    • denny o'brien COLUMBUS, OH
      • about 1 year ago

      yes please do pass this

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    • Jason Lee CUPERTINO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Toxic chemicals should absolutely be regulated by the EPA/FDA. Stop corporate sponsored execution.

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    • Nelson Brooke BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      We are not lab rats. This is America, not Auschwitz.

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