You Might Want to Cut Back on Your Fertilizer Use

Panel says a variety of environmental cancer causes have been "greatly underestimated.”

You Might Want to Cut Back on Your Fertilizer Use

Panel says a variety of environmental cancer causes have been “greatly underestimated.”

-Kathryn H. Cusimano

Cancer risks

We’ve been told again and again that eating well, getting exercise and not smoking are key to lowering the risk of getting cancer, but environmental factors haven’t gotten much attention. That’s all about to change, with the release of a new report on cancer causes.

“The Panel was particularly concerned to find that the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated,” the report reads. The report cites pesticides, household chemicals, fertilizers and exhaust emissions among the potential risks, noting that the impact of many of these chemicals has not been sufficiently tested.

“We think based on what we know, when you look at all the data, it just appears to us that there are areas where its been greatly under-reported,” Dr. LaSalle Lefall, Jr., one of the authors of the report said. “We don’t know 100 percent, but that’s why we believe we need to do more research.”

Just add environmental factors to the long list of things to be terrified of. (ABC News)

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