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02/22/2011

A Presidents’ Day Legacy: President Obama, Protect us from Cancer-Causing Chemicals

Schf-stopwatch-250Every minute, at least one American will die from cancer this year. 

The clock is ticking...and you can take action now.

More than 80,000 chemicals are on the market; exposure to actual and potential cancer-causing chemicals is widespread. Toxic chemicals that cause cancer are in products like clothing, furniture, cleaning products, plastics, and shower curtains used by children, women, and men across the nation on a daily basis.

Please sign our petition urging President Obama to make cancer prevention a priority by acting to protect us from cancer-causing chemicals.

Right now, it’s perfectly legal to add chemicals known to cause cancer to products we use every day in our homes, schools, and workplaces. By setting the course for a national cancer prevention strategy that includes eliminating the use of cancer-causing chemicals, President Obama would reverse decades of failed policies that have allowed those chemicals to contaminate our lives and endanger our health. 

Cancer takes a devastating toll on individuals and families. Consider these facts:

  1. 1.5 million American men, women, and children were diagnosed with cancer in 2009; 562,000 died from the disease;
  2. Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in children younger than 15;
  3. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer;
  4. In 2009, cancer cost the nation $243.4 billion; half of that, $124.8 billion, is the cost of lost productivity due to premature death.

In its annual report to the President last year, the President’s Cancer Panel confirmed that exposure to toxic chemicals is an important but under-recognized risk factor for cancer.  The Panel urged President Obama to “most strongly use the power of your office” to eliminate human exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.

Learn more locally: League of Women Voters Air Quality Forum

Toxic chemicals are in our products, our bodies and our environment, including our air. If the air quality issue piques your interest we highly recommend this great FREE forum on Thursday  night (February 24th) at 7:00 p.m. The forum will take place at the Plymouth Congregational Church located at Franklin and Nicollet Avenue. You can learn more about the forum here.

 

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