Dr. Epstein on Preventable Causes of Cancer & Toxic Products

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Fri, 09/11/2009 - 12:00am

Have you ever been bothered by someone’s perfume? Has a hair product ever bothered your skin? How about X-Rays? Do you get nervous when your x-ray is taken?

On this show, we’ll learn that these reactions may be warning of you for a reason.

Immediately preceding President Obama’s recent Address on Health Care Reform, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a breast cancer survivor, hosted a congressional event. The event focused on her proposed Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act, or EARLY act.

Like many survivors, she’s concerned about the early detection of breast cancer. But in the industry of medicine, health isn’t always at the top of the list. We also hear how x-rays could be causing the very disease they are intended to prevent.

But first, we take a scientific look at the cosmetic market today, the variety of modern products available, and discover out how there’s a lot more to worry about than a little irritation.

Doctor Samuel Epstein is professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. He is also Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition. He recently spoke with the Politics and Science show of WMRW.

To find out more about Dr. Epstein please visit PreventCancer.com

Since this recording, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s EARLY act has gathered more than 360 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and more than 30 in the Senate. The EARLY Act would implement a national education campaign about the risks that young adult women face from breast cancer. The bill would also provide assistance to young women who have the disease.