Report Shows Chemical Cancer Risk

So the President's Cancer Panel is about to release a report that says Americans need to reconsider methods of cancer prevention--namely by regulating chemicals. Compared to countries in Europe, for example, the U.S. has been very lazy about any regulation, let alone tightening a few. Of the 80,000 chemicals currently in use, only a handful have ever been tested for safety. As a result, the report says, Americans are consistently exposed to toxins that could lead to cancer. The report also points out that pregnant women are especially at risk-- “to a disturbing extent, babies are born ‘pre-polluted.’"

We covered this last year in "A Minute of Your Time," when we pointed out that there's one effect in particular that one would think members of Congress would be very worried about: