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A Public Forum On Pollution And Cancer

November 9, 2010, 7:00 PM

Canton Central School District, McKenney Middle School Cafeteria, State Street, Canton NY, USA

We live in a world that is polluted with a large number of chemical substances.  During the past several decades, scientific research has provided a vast amount of information on the subject of exposure to chemicals as a cause of cancer.  The National Toxicology Program (NTP), which is part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) periodically reviews such information pursuant to determining carcinogenicity.   Every two years, the NTP publishes its "Report on Carcinogens" (ROC).  The ROC contains updated lists of know or suspected human carcinogens.   In order to make full use of this scientific knowledge to prevent cancer, the knowledge must be shared with the general public.  The purpose of this Cancer Action NY forum is to increase public knowledge concerning:  (1) the names of chemical carcinogens, (2) the locations in the environment (soil, water, air and food supply) where specific chemical carcinogens exist, and (3) strategies to reduce exposure.

David O. Carpenter, MD is an international expert on chemical exposure and cancer.  Dr. Carpenter is a former Dean of the School of Public Health at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.  He currently heads the SUNY Albany Institute for Health and the Environment.  Much of Dr. Carpenter's research has focused on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which contaminate all animal fats throughout the world.  Dr. Carpenter has been chosen as the keynote speaker at our Public Forum on Pollution and Cancer.  We are assembling a panel of experts with experience in the fields of dairy farming, public health education and cancer risk analysis.  Presentations by panelists will follow the presentation made by Dr. Carpenter.  The remaining portion of our forum will be dedicated to obtaining public input on the sources of pollution that are perceived to be impacting our area. 



North Country Food Coop Coffeehouse/Environmental Health Poster Making Party

Saturday, March 1st, 2008, 8:00 P

North Country Food Coop, 25 Bridge St., Plattsburgh, NY

Come enjoy North Country music and help make posters for a community-based environmental health education campaign raising public awareness on the dioxin exposure cancer risk imposed by open waste burning and other dioxin sources.  Donald L. Hassig, Cancer Action NY will speak on the creation of community-based environmental health education campaigns focusing on pollutant carcinogens and environmental protection.

For additional information:  518 561 5904 or 315 262 2456


For further information:  Donald L. Hassig, Director, Cancer Action NY; 315 262 2456; <canceractionny@yahoo.com>


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