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National Cancer Prevention

Since the first National Cancer Prevention Day was recognized by the House of Representatives eight years ago, cancer remains a burden felt by many: 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime; cancers in children are climbing, with an increase of 34% since 1975, and cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease in children ages 1 to 19 in the U.S. 


We can and must do more to prevent cancer. 


During National Cancer Prevention Month we launched several initiatives. See below for some of the ways you can take action today to support cancer prevention. View our press release here.

Unacceptable Risk: Dr. Margaret Kripke on Cancer and the Environment

On February 4th, 2021, CFE released Unacceptable Risk: Dr. Margaret Kripke on Cancer and the Environment a documentary that chronicles the story of a prominent cancer researcher who started to rethink her assumptions about the causes of cancer and specifically, the true burden of environmentally-induced cancers. 


Dr. Kripke was appointed to serve on the President’s Cancer Panel from 2003 until 2010. During that time she learned from expert testimony presented to the Panel that only a fraction of the 80,000+ chemicals on the market in the U.S. are tested for safety, and many known and suspected carcinogens are unregulated, making exposure to environmental carcinogens a widespread and daily occurrence for most Americans. 

“I went into this with a number of preconceived notions. I learned an enormous amount. 
I thought that all chemicals were tested before they were put on the market. Turns out not to be true. 

I thought that anything that’s known to be a carcinogen would be regulated. Also not true.

And I thought that if there were regulations about something, that the regulations would be enforced. 
Which is also not necessarily true. So that was a huge, eye-opening experience for me."

— Dr. Margaret Kripke, Professor Emerita at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Take Action to Prevent Cancer

  1. View and share the documentary film Unacceptable Risk on notable cancer researcher Dr. Margaret Kripke.
  2. Contact your elected officials and tell them you support the plan laid out in A Path to Cancer Prevention and Environmental Equity: The Cancer Free Economy Network’s Agenda for the Biden-Harris Administration.
  3. Read the Joint Statement on Cancer Prevention, signed by major cancer and health leaders calling for greater action to reduce cancers by addressing environmental risk factors. 
  4. Support our efforts to prevent childhood cancer by downloading the Childhood Cancer: Cross-Sector Strategies for Prevention report and signing the public statement of support here.
  5. Sign up for CFE’s Advocacy Action list here to receive periodic emails with opportunities to take action.

Taking Action on Cancer Disparities

We all want to live in a safe and healthy community with clean air, clean water, and food that doesn’t make us sick, where we are treated with dignity and respect. COVID-19 has opened a raw discussion about our health and the significant and life-threatening disparities that exist across the nation.


Black, Brown and Indigenous communities face higher exposures to air pollution and toxic chemicals that increase their risk of cancer and other diseases–preventable illnesses that also make them more vulnerable to COVID-19. It’s time to do more!

If you believe that we can do more to prevent cancer by
replacing harmful chemicals

we invite you to join us.


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