Almost 80,000 chemicals are sold in the United States, and we are exposed to many of them on a daily basis. We know with alarming certainty that some of these cause cancer, but most remain unexamined and unregulated.

In its 2010 report, entitled, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now, the president’s Cancer Panel declared, “Research on environmental causes of cancer has been limited by low priority and inadequate funding.” As a result, “the consequences of cumulative lifetime exposures to known carcinogens and the interaction of specific environmental contaminants remain largely unstudied.”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization, states flatly that 100 agents in use today are “carcinogenic to humans.”

Several hundred others are classified as either “probably” or “possibly” carcinogenic to humans.

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