UMass Lowell Releases Childhood Cancer Study

08/03/2007


Lowellߞ;Toxic chemicals can cause cancer in children, according to evidence analyzed in a new report on childhood cancer in Massachusetts released at a press conference today. The report was prepared by researchers at the UMass Lowell Center for Sustainable Production under contract with the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow.

 

The authors conclude that there is strong evidence that certain chemicals, such as pesticides, solvents, petrochemicals and certain industrial by-products can cause cancer in children, particularly leukemia, brain and central nervous system cancers. This means that a potentially large percentage of childhood cancers is preventable.

           

The report also finds higher rates of cancer among African American and Latino children in Massachusetts than among other groups.

 

The full report can be accessed at:

 

http://www.uml.edu/umlmainpage/umlnews/pdf/ChildhoodCancerinMassachusettsv135.7.03.pdf

 

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