Cancer and the Environment

From the Introduction to the 10th Report on Carcinogens:“The probability that a resident of the United States will develop cancer at some point in his or her lifetime is 1 in 2 for men and 1 in 3 for women (American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts and Figures 1999: Basic Cancer Facts). Nearly everyone’s life has been directly or indirectly affected by cancer. Most scientists involved in cancer research believe that many cancer cases may be associated with the environment in which we live and work. Many experts firmly believe that much of the cancer associated with the environment may be avoided” (Tomatis et al., 1997), Introduction, p. 1.

“Tars and mineral oils are currently listed in the RoC as known human carcinogens” (Introduction, p. 9).

Mineral oil was first listed in the 1st Annual Report on Carcinogens. The 10th Report on Carcinogens contains a whole chapter on mineral oil.

Tamoxifen as a carcinogen is discussed in the 9th Report on Carcinogens.

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