Senate bill S.697, legislation to reauthorize and modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, will create stumbling blocks for states that wish to protect their citizens and their families from harmful chemicals.
Consumers get it. They are no longer willing to accept the staggering health issues their children are facing as a result of harmful chemicals. We are seeing a new food system come into play and good alternatives to harmful cleaning agents and pesticides. But it is not enough.
If we truly are going to guard the next generation, we must engage communities to raise the bar on human health -- with a clear and specific focus on preventing cancer. If our children are going to have a healthier future, then cancer must not be an expected stage of life.
How often do we realize that adequate sleep is necessary to maintain a strong immune system, to prevent the growth of cancer? Do we actively seek to manage stress in our daily lives so that we will not be harmed by its effects on our bodies and mind?
Don't get me wrong. We must continue to support the goal of conquering cancer. But we must ask the National Cancer Institute to allocate more funding for prevention, and we must research better, more accurate diagnostics.