Childhood Cancer Prevention - Public Sign On

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The Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative
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Did you know that cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States?

While it is true that fewer children are dying of cancer than in the past, the rate of children being diagnosed with cancer has actually increased by 34% since 1975.

Because of the important work of leading scientists and health professionals, we know that toxic chemicals in the environment and in the places where children live, learn and play are important risk factors for cancer, and that genetics alone cannot explain the rate of increase. It’s time to take action!

We are asking everyone to sign on to support:

  • Securing funding for cancer prevention research;
  • Monitoring children’s exposures to toxic chemicals and pollution;
  • Ensuring that all children have access to schools, playgrounds and childcare settings that are free from toxic substances;
  • Businesses that create and use safer chemicals and products that don’t cause cancer or other illnesses for children;
  • Public policies to regulate toxic chemicals and incentivize safe chemicals, materials and products. 

SIGN ON TODAY!

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. Although fewer children are dying of cancer, the diagnosis of cancer among children has actually increased by 34% since 1975. Treating this dread disease costs an estimated $1.9 Billion a year due to hospitalizations. The cost in family wellbeing is even greater.

We know that toxic chemicals throughout our environment, in the places where children live, learn and play, are important risk factors for cancer and are directly associated with increased incidence of childhood cancers. 

We can prevent childhood cancers and relieve thousands of children and families from the trauma of cancer treatment through systemic changes in business and government policy and practices. It is time for us to act together for the future of our children.

I support the establishment of a National Childhood Cancer Prevention Research Agenda and National Childhood Cancer Prevention Plan to eradicate toxic chemical linked to childhood cancers, with an urgently needed “all hands-on deck” cross-sector approach to childhood cancer prevention

I support:

  • Securing funding for cancer prevention research;
  • Monitoring children’s exposures to toxic chemicals and pollution;
  • Ensuring that all children have access to schools, playgrounds and childcare settings that are free from toxic substances;
  • Businesses that create and use safer chemicals and products that don’t cause cancer or other illnesses for children;
  • Public policies to regulate toxic chemicals and incentivize safe chemicals, materials and products. 

Our children are our future. It is past time to act to protect that future from a toxic legacy. We ask you to take immediate and decisive action to end the causes of childhood cancer. 

Sincerely,

New Report – Childhood Cancer: Cross-Sector Strategies for Prevention

A team of over 40 stakeholders and leaders in the Health, Science, Business, Policy and Advocacy sectors are co-creating a new report: Childhood Cancer: Cross-Sector Strategies for Prevention.

The report release has been delayed, while many of the health professionals and community leaders involved in the project focus on responding to the COVID-19 crisis, and health reporters concentrate on providing critical updates on the pandemic. You can sign up here to receive updates on the report and the Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative.

For more information about the initiative contact: ChildhoodCancerPrevention@asbcouncil.org​

You can make a difference today:

  1. Donate to support our work to reduce the number of children and families facing this devastating diagnosis. Donations will be made through the Cancer Free Economy Network’s fiscal host, Clean Production Action, a 501(c)3 organization. Produce and purchase safer chemicals and products;
  2. Produce and purchase safer chemicals and products;
  3. Invest in prevention research;
  4. Advance public policy to incentivize safer chemicals and products;
  5. Support and expand regulations to reduce known causes;
  6. Share Childhood Cancer Prevention Video to start a conversation with your friends and family;
  7. Social Media Toolkit and share messages of support using#PreventChildhoodCancerin your social media posts to call attention to these critical efforts, and follow our progress;
  8. Download and share the One Pager in English and Español.

The Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative is a growing collaboration that includes these members:

American Sustainable Business Council, Cancer Free Economy Network Center for Environmental HealthChildren’s Environmental Health Network, Max Cure Foundation,  Clean & Healthy New YorkClean Production Action, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production  Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment CenterMadeSafe, and leading companies such as Naturepedic, Seventh Generation, ECOS and Earth-Kind.

Contact us for more information or sign up to stay informed and get involved.