Toxins & Cancer
Reducing a child’s exposure to environmental toxins is quite possibly the most effective decision a parent can make to improve a child’s health, and ultimately prevent pediatric cancer.
- More than 90% of all childhood cancers are caused by environmental factors; fewer than 10% are genetic. This means that childhood cancer could often be prevented, simply by eliminating a child’s exposure to environmental toxins.
- Some childhood cancers may even be prevented prior to a child being born. A 2004 study from the Environmental Working Group reported that of the 287 toxins found in the umbilical cord blood of babies, 180 were linked with cancer.
- Children who themselves, or their parents, are exposed to pesticides have an increased risk of being diagnosed with leukemia.
- In the southeast Texas in the United States, researchers confirmed that hazardous air pollution can cause childhood leukemia.