Causes & Prevention
“My people perish for lack of knowledge.” ~ Hosea 4:6
Children Against Cancer is unique for our strong focus on cancer prevention and educating our viewers about known causes to help you lower risks for your family. We update as soon as discoveries are announced. This page provides new, in-depth, science-based reports to help you make intelligent decisions.
NOTHING YOU CAN DO?
The Cancer Establishment claims that, “No one knows what causes cancer in children, and there is nothing parents can do to help prevent the disease.”
There is a tendency for all other childhood cancer foundations to make the same blanket statement without questioning its accuracy. They also quote outdated estimates that 12,400 children are diagnosed annually with cancer.
But we found that the International Agency For Research On Cancer reported in recent years that an estimated 160,000 children worldwide develop cancer every year, and about 90,000 die. Yet, there are many thousands of kids who live in remote places without doctors or hospitals nearby, so their cancer cases go unreported.
EVERY DAY RISKS
Every nation reports that childhood cancers are a major health crisis.
According to Dr. Samuel Epstein and Dr. Quentin Young of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, during the last three decades, childhood cancer in the United States has increased significantly:
Every day, without meaning to, adults expose babies, kids, teenagers and themselves to countless combinations of chemicals, toxins, and carcinogens hidden in a wide range of products and conventionally processed foods that don’t provide warning labels. You cannot depend on government agencies, manufacturers, or the mainstream media to alert you. The best you can do is to educate yourself and take simple steps to help reduce risks for your children and yourself. We’re here to help you.
What causes cancer in kids? It’s common for researchers to blame genetics, although children rarely inherit a cancer-causing gene.
Numerous documented studies published in peer-reviewed journals link exposures to chemicals, toxins, and inferior nutrition as “playing a significant role” in the epidemic of childhood cancers and other chronic health problems that affect kids and teens.
There are now five million man-made chemicals worldwide, says Seventh Generation. Approximately 80,000 to 100,000 chemicals are in common use today. Due to an outdated law, most have never been tested for human safety and manufacturers don’t have to reveal all ingredients on labels, to protect their “trade secrets." Since the 1940s, industries have contaminated our homes, yards, gardens, families, schools, public buildings, parks, food crops, livestock, and the world’s precious environment with a vast number of chemicals and toxins. They include hundreds of known or suspected carcinogens.
Industries pay scientists to claim that toxic substances in their products are harmless in small doses and that our standard of living depends on their chemicals, reports the Center For Environmental Health. Government agencies rely on industries to submit their own safety testing and there is concern about hidden negative results.
But independent research studies show that even low-level exposures to combinations of carcinogens and toxins cause changes to health, says the Environmental Working Group. Parents need to use common sense, and not be confused by clever marketing or misleading reports.
THE WOMB IS NOT SAFE
Doctors used to believe that the developing fetus was safe in the womb because the placenta and blood-brain barrier shielded baby from most chemicals and toxins that parents were exposed to before and during pregnancy. Now, they realize that even low levels of toxins, pesticides, and other chemicals reach the fetus and cause harm.
A scientific report in 2009 stated that the Environmental Working Group tested the cord blood of newborn babies. Scientists were astonished to find 287 industrial chemicals, pollutants, and pesticides present, and 180 of the chemicals were known to cause cancer!
PREVENTION BEGINS EARLY
Raising a healthy family today in our chemically bombarded world is challenging. Many chemicals are passed on to the next generation through the sperm or female egg during conception, allowing cancer cells to develop in the fetus in the womb or during later childhood. Children are more vulnerable because of their rapidly developing cells and incomplete defense system.
“Research studies estimate that most North American adults have somewhere between 400 and 800 chemicals in their bodies,” reports Dr. Joseph Mercola, nationally recognized health educator.
Doris Rapp, M.D. suggests that a father-to-be should have his blood and sperm tested for toxins at least six months before a couple plan to conceive a child. The mother-to-be should have a pre-pregnancy exam and take daily prenatal vitamins.
A study published in the Clinical Pharmacology & Therapies suggests that a woman taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid before and during pregnancy would reduce the risks of her baby developing cancers - including leukemia, brain tumours, and the usually fatal neuroblastoma.
Nutrition is key to healthy children and adults. Many pediatricians and health experts such as Joel Fuhrman, M.D., suggest that parents and kids eat organic food for optimal health. It is important to avoid pesticides, additives, preservatives, antibiotics, growth hormones, arsenic, sewage sludge and genetically engineered (GMO) foods commonly found in non-organic food that weaken the immune system and cause disease to develop.
There is a growing interest in returning to living in harmony with nature to reduce exposure to chemicals that impact your family’s health and our fragile planet’s resources.
More consumers are beginning to realize the danger of toxic products they use at home for cleaning, yard care, pesticide control, and even in cosmetics and personal care products. A growing number of people are seeking “green” products with nontoxic ingredients.
“Green” refers to an Earth-friendly, sustainable lifestyle that helps you raise children naturally and safeguards your home environment. A toxin-free home can make a difference for this generation and future generations of children and also for our world and the creatures who share it with us.
Be wary of “Green Washing” - false claims on cleaning products that claim to be “green,” “natural,” “eco-friendly” - those are merely unregulated marketing terms that don’t equate with safety or science. A recent test of 25 products that claim to be green had 17 hidden chemicals each, and 25% were hazardous, even though only one compound was labeled, reported Dr. Joseph Mercola.
HOW TO REDUCE TOXIN EXPOSURE
A carcinogen is anything believed or suspected to cause cancer in humans as they do in test animals. A carcinogen usually doesn’t cause cancer immediately, but accumulated exposures do increase the risks.
The average home contains 63 different hazardous synthetic petrochemical products. Common household cleaners are loaded with chemicals linked to cancer, liver and kidney damage, asthma, eye problems, reproductive toxicity, bone marrow damage, and hormone disruption.
These chemicals may linger for hours inside your home, suspended in air to be inhaled or absorbed through the skin or settle on your food during mealtime. Children are especially vulnerable to their toxicity.
To reduce toxic exposures, the Green Guide suggests you begin by looking through your entire household and garage. Get rid of conventional products that contain chemicals that you can easily substitute by using natural, nontoxic ingredients, such as:
There are lots of simple, easy recipes for homemade cleaning, laundry, and disinfecting solutions on the Internet. You can also use natural treatments for pest control and mold. Not only do homemade cleaning products made with natural ingredients keep your home clean, they also help reduce your family’s exposure to chemicals, and you save a lot of money compared to buying conventional cleaners.
MORE PREVENTION TIPS
Avoid pesticides and herbicides. They are linked to leukemia and other cancers. Pesticides are found in bug sprays, head lice shampoos, pet flea collars/shampoos, weed killers, spray and plug-in air fresheners. Instead, smother head lice with olive oil - Keep house clean and seal cracks to avoid bugs, Open windows or use essential oils, sachets, or simmer spices on the stove to freshen up stale odors, Kill weeds and ants by spraying with vinegar.
Microwave ovens and cell phones are two commonly used products that emit radiation that the EPA linked to causing cancers. Use the stovetop for cooking, oven for baking, and children should use a landline phone for calls whenever possible. Other sources that emit radiation are airport body scanners, X-rays and CT scans, cell towers, mammograms, and WiFi technology.
Formaldehyde is a potent carcinogen, used as a preservative in vaccines and embalming fluid, and is emitted from gas appliances, pressed wood cabinetry and wood flooring. Change to electric appliances and allow plenty of fresh air to circulate in new or remodeled homes to get rid of strong fumes.
Use a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner to capture 90% of tiny airborne contaminants, dust mite feces, and even lead tracked in on your household carpet. Leave shoes at the door to keep house cleaner.
Fluoride as sodium fluoride is a chemical waste product of the aluminum and phosphate fertilizing process. It is commonly added to city water and toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental cleaning with the false claim it helps prevent cavities. It is also used as rat poison and to fumigate some foods. Fluoride is not safe! It has been linked to a five times higher rate of osteosarcoma (dangerous bone cancer) in boys, according to Dr. Elise Bassin, and a Harvard School of Dental Health study in 2005. Fluoride also causes thyroid problems, bone fractures, genetic damage, neurological impairment, and damage to teeth. There is enough fluoride in a tube of toothpaste to kill a small child! Filter your water, and buy dental products without fluoride. Find a holistic dentist to avoid toxic dental care.
Toss the Teflon! All nonstick cooking and baking pans and utensils are coated with a toxic chemical linked to cancer. Instead, cook and bake with stainless steel or cast iron.
Purge plastics as much as possible. Plastics are made from petroleum and have Bisphenol A, (BPA) an “artificial female sex hormone” that is linked to cancer. BPA is used in plastic shower curtains, baby bottles, sippy cups, dental sealants, cell phones, plastic food packaging, the plastic lining in food cans including baby formula. Toxin BPA leaches into food, especially in canned tomato products, soups, and pastas. Use glass or ceramic instead for all food and beverage serving and storage, including drinking water.
Phthalates are petroleum-derived “plasticizers” linked to liver cancer, and cause testicle atrophy in boys and premature breast development in girls. Phthalates are found in more than 200 products, including soft rubber toys, plastic wrap, garden hoses, IV bags, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, lubricants, wall covering, detergents, insect repellents, even in synthetic fragrances, body lotion, hair spray, nail polish, and shampoo. They cause the “new car smell."
Filter your tap water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Filtering will help remove contaminants including chlorine linked to skin cancer, lead, arsenic, rocket fuel, and fluoride linked to bone cancer.
Be careful about sunscreens. Many contain chemicals known to cause skin cancer!
Arsenic is a poison, recognized in the 1960s for causing cancer in humans. It is commonly found in well water, also as a preservative for wood, it’s added to chicken feed to control parasites (and shows up in meat and eggs unless certified organic). Arsenic is found in seafood, tobacco, non-organic rice and rice cereals, and fireworks.
It is not safe to eat fish, seafood or fish oil supplements. Scientists say they all are contaminated with PCBs, mercury, and carcinogens. Farmed fish, including salmon, are 16 times more likely to have cancer-causing PCBs, says Environmental Working Group. Most “wild salmon” are actually raised the first half of their life in crowded underwater fish farms, then released. Fish in the ocean normally eat smaller fish, but in crowded pens are fed pellets of GMO cornmeal and soy, recycled chicken feces, canola oil (also GMO), mashed fish, and antibiotics due to unsanitary conditions. Pesticides are added to their feed to combat sea lice. Salmon are fed canthaxanthin, a synthetic dye linked to eye damage, to change fish color from gray to pink.
Choose safer personal care products for adults and kids. A label that claims to be “natural” or “gentle” has no meaning, as it is not regulated. The only safe products display the certified organic seal.
Avoid flame-retardants and stain repellents. They are considered possible human carcinogens and cause other health problems. Found in clothing, bedding, foam pillows and foam furniture made before 2005, car seats, some kitchen appliances, fans, heaters, and electronics.
Tobacco smoke, including second-hand smoke, causes 19 types of cancer. Marijuana is linked to 70% increase in teen testicular cancer.
The drug Ritalin has been linked to liver cancer.
Tattoo dyes are not regulated and may contain heavy metals and carcinogens. HIV and AIDS have been spread by dirty tattoo needles.
Lead is linked to cancer and found in imported toys, glazed dishes, candlewicks with metallic cores, imported vinyl mini-blinds, vitamins and herbs imported from third-world countries.
Mothballs, toilet bowl cleaners, synthetic lawn and garden fertilizers contain carcinogens.
Avoid hot dogs, sausages, bacon, ham, deli meats, pepperoni pizza, jerky. Cured meats contain sodium nitrites/nitrates that are potent carcinogens, linked to brain cancers and leukemia and other cancers. Many schools serve hot dogs and pepperoni pizza for lunch.
Synthetic “food” dyes derived from coal tar are linked to cancers but added anyway to beverages, candies, desserts, yogurts. They are banned in 100 countries but used in the United States. Artificial “caramel color” added to colas, root beer, and beer contains carcinogens, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Benzene, known to cause leukemia, is found in auto and diesel fumes, carpet glues, furniture waxes, and unfiltered tap water.
Talc is a known carcinogen, found in baby or body powder, in some pharmaceuticals, antacids, flea and tick powders, and some foods.
Mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin, was recently upgraded by the EPA as a possible human carcinogen. Mercury is found in CFL bulbs, old thermometers, some vaccines including all flu shots, silver dental fillings, pesticides, and fish.
Chlorine causes cancer. Chlorine exposure is strongest in swimming pools, dishwasher steam, laundry bleach products, baths and showers without filters.
Don’t take kids to nail or hair salons to avoid exposure to strong chemicals.
Vaccines and flu shots contain heavy metals, aluminum and mercury, and the carcinogens Propiolactone, Formaldehyde, and Polysorbate 80.
It is impossible to avoid all carcinogens and toxins, but you can help reduce daily exposures by going green and organic.
Although children make up about 30% of our population, they are 100% our future, and the greatest gift we can give them is good health.
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