Did you know that cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States?
While it’s true that fewer children are dying of cancer than in the past, the rate of children being diagnosed with cancer has actually increased. Between 1975 and 2017, incidence rates among those under age 20 increased by 34 percent (as noted in the Childhood Cancer: Cross-Sector Strategies for Prevention report). However, this upward trend continues; new data from 2018 from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Epidemiologic End Results Program shows that this number now has increased to 41 percent (annual percent change of 0.8%). We need to act now to end the use of toxic chemicals associated with cancers where children live, learn and play.
Due to the significant increase in the rate of childhood cancers, a team of over 60 stakeholders and leaders in the Health, Science, Business, Policy and Advocacy sectors collaborated on the report: Childhood Cancer: Cross-Sector Strategies for Prevention.
Because of the important work of leading scientists and health professionals, we know that toxic chemicals in the environment and in the places where children live, learn and play are important risk factors for cancer, and that genetics alone cannot explain the rate of increase. It’s time to take action!
Leaders and community members came together September 20-24, 2021 for a week of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month panel sessions on various topics. See here for links to the recordings.
During the research and development stage of this seminal report, it became clear that there is a growing need to take action based on these alarming findings through a cross-sector effort to reduce toxics in the form of a National Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative and Plan.
The Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative is a growing cross-sector collaboration taking on this important work that includes members of the Cancer Free Economy Network — American Sustainable Business Network, Center for Environmental Health, Children’s Environmental Health Network, Clean & Healthy New York, Clean Production Action, and the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production — as well as Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center, MadeSafe, Naturepedic, PREP4Gold, Toxic Free Future for Our Children and more.
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