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Childhood Cancer: Death by Inaction

Via the American Academy of Pediatrics

Childhood Leukemia: A Preventable Disease

"Between 1975 and 2012, incidence of childhood leukemia in the United States has increased 33% for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and 42% for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Moreover, Hispanic children in the United States experience a higher incidence rate (and increase in rate) of childhood ALL compared with non-Hispanics."

"The side effects of treatment (both short- and long-term), secondary cancers, and the emotional and financial costs to children and families are all reasons that we should not settle for improved medical care, but also focus on primary prevention of this disease."

There are no prevention programs for childhood leukemia in the United States. 

"The history of environmental health is rife with examples of “late-learned lessons”. These are chemicals with early warning signs of health impacts that took many years and often decades to prove conclusively the hazard, during which time they continued to be used and in some cases accumulated in the environment. Well-known examples include PCBs, DDT, lead, and tobacco smoke."

"An example of medicine taking timely action based on limited evidence suggesting likely harm but without determination of causation is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In 1992, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement suggested that infants be placed to sleep on their backs or sides rather than prone, despite the lack of prospective randomized clinical trials. Some had argued for these trials and better understanding of mechanisms of action before undertaking any intervention, but in 1994 the American Academy of Pediatrics launched the “Back to Sleep” campaign to discourage prone sleeping and by 2000, the US mortality for SIDS had dropped to 50% of the 1990 rates."

How long will policy makers ignore the science and our moral obligation that demands that we do more to protect children from toxins that cause cancer, the #1 disease that kills kids? If Trump's budget is implemented there is no doubt whatsoever that diseases, including cancer, will increase for adults and children. And his new 'health care' plan will ensure that millions of sick people will have limited or no access to treatment services.

If you care about children then I urge you to contact your representatives in Congress today! Tell them they will be voted out of office if they vote in favor of the #TrumpBudget or the Affordable Care Act replacement! Both of those policies will cause irreparable damage to our children's health & future. Tell Congress to stand up for kids, NOW!

Find the contact info for your representatives in the House and Senate, call or write to them TODAY! Our children are depending on us.

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