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NTC MEDIA ADVISORY- EPA ADMINISTRATOR BROWNER TO CONVENE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILDHOOD CANCER AND POSSIBLE LINK TO ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS
Release Date: 09/10/97
FOR RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1997
EPA ADMINISTRATOR BROWNER TO CONVENE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILDHOOD CANCER AND POSSIBLE LINK TO ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS
U.S. EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner will convene on September 15th the first-ever federal conference to address environmental causes that may contribute to the alarming increase in cancer incidences in children in the United States. The conference will bring together America's leading experts on childhood cancer to develop a national research strategy for addressing this growing problem.
According to National Cancer Institute data, acute lymphoblastic leukemia among children increased by over 27 percent among children over the last two decades. Childhood brain cancer increased by over 39 percent, kidney tumors increased by over 45 percent, a form of bone cancer increased by 50 percent, and testicular cancer increased by 68 percent among children.
Environmental factors like toxins in food, dust, drinking water and other sources of pollution must be considered prime suspects in these dramatic increases.
Speakers will include physicians and experts on this issue from the National Cancer Institute, Columbia University, and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, along with U.S. Representatives Nita M. Lowey, Jim Moran and other officials.
WHO: U.S. EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner
WHAT: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Conference on
Childhood Cancer and Possible Link to Environmental Hazards
WHEN: Sept. 15 and 16, 1997
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sheraton National Hotel