UMass Lowell Report on Childhood Cancer to be Released

05/06/2003
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Lowell-Toxic chemicals can cause cancer in children, according to evidence analyzed in a new report on childhood cancer in Massachusetts, to be released at a press conference on Thursday. The report was prepared by researchers at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production under contract with the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow.

The authors conclude that there is strong evidence that certain chemicals, such as pesticides, solvents, petrochemicals and certain industrial by-products can cause cancer in children, particularly leukemia, brain and central nervous system cancers. This means that a potentially large percentage of childhood cancers is preventable.

The report also finds higher rates of cancer among African American and Latino children in Massachusetts than among other groups.

Press conference details:

WHO:

·        Tami Gouveia-Vigeant, MPH, MSW, and Joel Tickner, ScD, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, authors of the report

·        Richard Clapp, DSc, Boston University School of Public Health, former director of the Mass. Cancer Registry

·        Pediatric health professionals, concerned parents, Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow coalition members

Interviews with parents of children with cancer can be arranged.

WHEN/WHERE:        

Thursday, May 8, 10 am

                        Codman Square Health Center, the Great Hall

                        637 Washington St., Dorchester

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