||Environmental Toxicology, Chicago, Illinois 2001.
book explains how to recognize carcinogens on product labels, boycott
such products, and shop for safe alternatives from non-mainstream
industries and thus reduce your avoidable risks of cancer. This
is critical as we are losing the winnable war against cancer, which
now strikes nearly one in two men and one in three women in their
- According to recent daily use estimates, three
personal care products are used on infants and children, men use
ten personal care products, and women use six cosmetics and 13
personal care products; some products are used several times daily.
- Assuming mainstream industry products each
contain only two carcinogens, this results in daily exposures
to six different avoidable carcinogens for infants and children,
20 for men, and 38 for women.
- While ingredients are listed on product labels,
there is no warning as to the cancer risks from any of these ingredients.
- It is UNTHINKABLE that women
would knowingly inflict such exposures on their infants and children,
let alone on themselves, if products routinely used were labeled
with explicit warnings of cancer risks.
- It is UNBELIEVABLE that the
powerful multibillion dollar global mainstream industries continue
to inflict such risks on unsuspecting consumers, especially as
safe alternative products are available.
- It is equally UNBELIEVABLE
that regulatory agencies worldwide still deny citizens their inalienable
right-to-know of information on avoidable cancer risks from common
- It is even more UNBELIEVABLE
that the "charitable" American Cancer Society and federal
National Cancer Institute and "cancer establishments"
worldwide remain recklessly silent and fail to advise consumers,
Congresses and Parliaments, of the scientific evidence for these
avoidable cancer risks.
Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
Cancer Prevention Coalition
c/o University of Illinois at Chicago
School of Public Health, MC 922
2121 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612