Unacceptable Risk: Dr. Margaret Kripke on Cancer and the Environment, tells the story of a prominent cancer researcher who began to rethink her assumptions about the causes of cancer and the true burden of environmentally-induced cancers.
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The Cancer Free Economy (CFE), a network of leading organizations, experts and stakeholders from multiple sectors, has issued a call to action. The science is clear: To reduce the burden of cancer, we must address environmental causes.
Unacceptable Risk: Dr. Margaret Kripke on Cancer and the Environment, a documentary that chronicles the story of a prominent cancer researcher who came to rethink her assumptions about the causes of cancer and the influence of toxic chemicals in our everyday environment. Dr. Kripke was appointed by George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Cancer Panel (2003-2010). She learned from expert testimony presented to the Panel that only a fraction of the 80,000-plus chemicals on the market in the U.S. are tested for safety, and many known and suspected carcinogens are unregulated, making exposure to environmental carcinogens a widespread and daily occurrence for most Americans.
“In the United States, we only regulate chemicals after evidence of harm. This is in contrast to other Western countries which require proof of safety prior to release. In the United States, there are no incentives for developing safer alternatives,” Kripke said. “We need high throughput screening tests to determine what is going to cause cancer before things go on the market, a kind of green chemistry so that companies can make safer products.”
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