Monday, November 07, 2005

The Breast Views Blog: Scientists seek environmental causes of breast cancer

According to this story, "only 10 percent of the 80,000-some chemicals on the marketplace have even been tested for health effects on humans."

Hmmmm.

Scientists seek environmental causes of breast cancer

Sue Richards

2 Brilliant Observations:

Blogger Michael said...

As I have noted elsewhere and as this article says "Breast cancer is highly complex, arising from multiple lifestyle, genetic, and environmental factors that interact in unpredictable ways".

While on the face of it, the statementthat "only 10 percent of the 80,000-some chemicals on the marketplace have even been tested for health effects on humans" sounds alarming - who wants to volunteer? Logically people would rather not test chemicals on humans, and rely on data from accidental exposure, and from speculating that we will behave much like the animals that they have been tested on. Not that this is any grounds for complacency.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Sue Richards said...

There's another option Michael. We could use the Precautionery Principle....new drugs and technologies can only be introduced into sosciety when we have reasonably good evidence that they are safe.

Safe instead of sorry.

9:09 AM  

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