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American Cancer Society calls for new strategies to monitor exposure to environmental carcinogens
Date:10/27/2009

ntific issues regarding environmental exposure are quite complex, as is the growing landscape of technologies used to evaluate chemical carcinogenicity. Despite the value of the current systems for identifying and classifying evidence for carcinogenicity, the report says there are major constraints in implementing them due to both the limited resources allocated to operate these systems and the scientific complexity of the issues themselves.

The position statement on cancer prevention also says:

  • New strategies for toxicity testing, including the assessment of carcinogenicity, should be implemented that will more effectively and efficiently screen the large number of chemicals to which people are exposed.

  • Occupational and community exposures should meet regulatory standards, and research to identify and reduce carcinogenic hazards should be supported.

  • The agencies that set and enforce environmental standards need to be appropriately funded and science-based to keep pace with scientific developments and to update their standards accordingly.

  • Although certain exposures are unavoidable, exposure to carcinogens should be minimized or eliminated whenever feasible.

  • The public should be provided with information so that they can make informed choices.

  • Communications should acknowledge and not trivialize public concerns, but at the same time should not exaggerate the potential magnitude or level of certainty of the potential risk.

"In developing this new initiative to increase understanding of how exposures to environmental pollutants may affect the risk of various cancers, the ACS will build on its long-term commitment to scientifically based prevention," says the report, adding that "the ACS is committed to exploring these issues further to identify ways in which it can contribute most effectively."


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Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
Source:Eurekalert

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