By the Children’s Health Defense Team
No one really likes to talk about cancer, and childhood cancers are an especially unpalatable topic of conversation. Yet the fact is that cancers are among the top four causes of death for both children and adults. The newest U.S. cancer statistics for young people (under 20 years old), which cover the years 2001–2014, point to steadily increasing rates of pediatric cancer over that time period.
In recent articles and presentations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers have showed that new childhood cancers are most likely to occur in the very youngest age group (birth to age 4) as well as in 15-19-year-olds and are more likely to arise in boys than girls. The CDC research also indicates that the surge in childhood cancers is driven by increased rates of certain cancers: brain, kidney, liver and thyroid. Pediatric brain tumor rates are increasing across Europe as well. Conventional entities such as the American Cancer Society offer no explanation for the increased childhood cancer rates, feebly asserting that “there are few known risk factors for childhood cancer” other than exposure to ionizing radiation. However, this disingenuous statement completely ignores the increasingly toxic environment in which we unreasonably expect children to thrive—and the many known and suspected carcinogens in that environment that may be ratcheting up children’s cancer risks, perhaps synergistically.
Describing a 40% increase in childhood cancers in the United Kingdom since the late 1990s, one media account suggests that “modern life is killing children.” Emerging research and policy developments point to two pervasive aspects of “modern life” that warrant caution and attention: the radiofrequency radiation (RFR) associated with cell phones, cellular infrastructure and wireless technologies; and herbicides containing glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup).Describing a 40% increase in childhood cancers in the United Kingdom since the late 1990s, one media account suggests that “modern life is killing children.”
In 2011, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as “possibly carcinogenic” in humans, but the agency refrained from drawing conclusions about any cancers other than brain cancer. Discussing children’s exposure to EMFs and RFR, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has been similarly wishy-washy, but it does concede that there are three factors that “theoretically” increase children’s risks: