Why our children are at risk

O Ecotextiles -my favourite blog from when I was still working in fashion industry- offers well researched posts on the effect on chemicals that are legally allowed in textiles on our healths. Many of these chemicals are also allowed in toys…

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We hear about deaths from cancer – and how the rates are going down  (1). And that’s fabulous – but the sad fact is that the incidence of cancer seems to be going up (2).   The reason is complicated – we’re getting older, true –  but we’re also getting better at fighting it:

The number of new cancer cases have increased 0.6% every year since 1975 – overall, that’s an increase of 21% in the past 36 years (3) . What I find particularly disturbing is the rise in the reported incidence of cancer among young children and adolescents, especially brain cancer, testicular cancer, and acute lymphocytic leukemia. Sadly, after injuries and violence, cancer is the leading cause of death in our children (4).

At the risk of showing my bias, in case there are those among you who didn’t already know, I think part of the problem is because…

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