NCI report says cancer from environmental causes is underestimated

national cancer institute logo, NCIA  report from the National Cancer Institute’s presidential cancer advisers states environmentally induced cancer has been “grossly underestimated”, and more studies need to be done to determine risk factors.

It is the first time the panel has taken such a sharp turn into what had long been disputed territory — whether pollution, cell phones and even household objects, such as water bottles, can cause cancer. Although as many as two-thirds of cancer cases

are caused by lifestyle choices like smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise, the panel said many avoidable cancers were also caused by pollution, radon from the soil and medical imaging scans. The American Cancer Society said the report downplayed known risks that cause most cases of cancer including tobacco, obesity, alcohol, infections, hormones and sunlight.

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