It concludes that:
- We need to determine the full extent of the environmental cancer risk
- A national policy on environmental health is needed
- Children are at higher Risk and should be protected
- Continued Epidemiological and other Environmental Research needs to be done
- Radiation exposure from medical source is under-appreciated
- A Environment Health paradigm for latent disease is needed
- Stronger regulations for Environmental Contaminants are required
- Medical professionals need to consider occupational and environment when diagnosing illnesses
- Workers with known exposure and the public needs full disclosure of knowledge about environmental cancer risk
- Military needs to aggressively address toxic exposure it has cause
- Safe alternatives to current chemicals are urgently needed
The Panel's Report states that cancer prevention has focused on issues such as smoking and lifestyle changes. And rightly so because the largest cancer risks are due to tobacco, alcohol, sexually transmitted diseases ( think Human papillomavirus ) , UV rays and obesity.
The Panel's Report also states that currently in this country "instead of taking preventive action when uncertainty exists about the potential harm a chemical or other environmental contaminant may cause, a hazard must be incontrovertibly demonstrated before action to ameliorate it is initiated."
Everyone learned the scientific method in school- Research, Hypothesis , Experimentation , Conclusion. One can present a hypothesis but until you run experiments , gather data and reach a conclusion you can not say your hypothesis is true. This prevents us from jumping to conclusions. So lets make sure that what conclusions we draw are based on good scientific inquiry.
The Report also states that environmental risks should be higher. Again until we run studies we don't know if the risks are higher or not. So I strongly agree more research on the effects different chemicals and environmental exposures cause to cell structure and DNA would be beneficial. I feel any knowledge on what will trigger a cell to become cancerous is important data to have.
(I think my scientific background in Chem Engineering and Material Science is showing. )
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