Preventing Cancer Upstream: California's Safer Consumer Products Program

February 6, 2015 6:54 PM

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Preventing Cancer Upstream: California's Safer Consumer Products Program

The urologist gave me a puzzled look as she evaluated the biopsy results and asked a question I never thought I'd hear: "Have you worked around or been exposed to toxic chemicals?" I answered that it was an incredibly ironic question given that I have dedicated my career to the elimination of toxic chemicals. Why did she want to know? Much to her surprise and mine, her results showed that I have bladder cancer. Common risk categories for this cancer include older white guys who smoke or workers exposed to certain industrial chemicals like dyes and pesticides. Aside from being white, to my knowledge none of the above seemed to fit. And so I was left wondering why. Why me?

I am not alone. Scientists, cancer survivors, and the families who love them around the world are wondering what is going on. Genetics cannot explain the significant increases in incidence of certain cancers, nor can random mutations or lifestyle choices. Perhaps most alarming are the statistics aro...

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