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ARHP Commends Groundbreaking Report Linking Toxic Chemicals to Cancer and Calls for Public Health Protection through Chemical Reform

For Immediate Release
May 7,  2010

Beth Robbins
(202) 621-1412

WASHINGTON, DC— The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), representing more than 12,000 reproductive health care providers, researchers, and educators, applauds the landmark report and recommendations just released by the President’s Cancer Panel. The Reducing Environmental Cancer Risks: What We Can Do Now reportlinks a broad range of environmental exposures to cancer risks and makes recommendations regarding the need for testing, regulation, and research to protect the public from exposures to potentially harmful toxicants and radiation.

This report emphasizes the critical role of health care providers in addressing the consequences of exposures and recommends that “physicians and other medical personnel should routinely query patients about their previous and current workplace and home environments as part of the standard medical history. This information will increase the likelihood that environmental factors in cancer and other illnesses are considered and will strengthen the body of information on environmental exposures and disease.” ARHP's groundbreaking Environmental Impacts on Reproductive Health program has been educating of providers and their patients on links between environmental toxicants and health since 2005 and includes training on the importance of taking a comprehensive environmental health history.

As a founding member of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, ARHP supports strengthening and passing the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, recently introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg. “Now is the time for congress to protect the public from harmful chemicals and radiation that put families at increased risk of cancer and other health problems,” says Wayne C. Shields, ARHP's president and CEO.

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