Medical Minute 9-28: Government Certified: What's Causing Cancer?

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

Traffic means cancer, and so does a plastic bottle and even some vegetables. The newly released president's cancer report says it's everywhere from the sun to cell phones.

A whopping 41 percent of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. And six percent of all cancers come from the environment. The biggest offenders?

"Probably something we're eating."

The pesticide DDT was banned in the 1970's, but particles remain in 28 percent of all carrots, and 40 percent of kale greens. DDT can cause breast cancer in women. The report says tap water in most every single U.S. state holds up to 260 contaminants per glass

"If you don't change your filters very often ... I change mine quite often."

Bottled water's a bigger worry. The compound BPA is used in bottle liners, and besides cancer, it can cause obesity and diabetes.

"For people who study environmental factors, or multiple causes of cancer, that would be a factor," said Lisa Wang, M.D., Texas Children's Cancer Center.

Vehicle emissions equal 30 percent of all cancer stemming from air pollution. So the government urges the following: Avoid food grown with pesticides, filter your tap water - and car-pool to reduce car emissions. It's not a cure-all, but it's a start.

For More Information, Contact:National Cancer InstituteNCI Office of Communications and Education Public Inquiries Office6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 300Bethesda, MD 20892-8322Phone: (800) 422-6237

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