Read the full report HERE from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families.
Chronic disease is on the rise.
More than 30 years of environmental health studies have led to a growing consensus that chemicals are playing a role in the incidence and prevalence of many diseases and disorders in our country, including:
•Leukemia, brain cancer, and other childhood cancers, which have increased by more than 20% since 1975.
•Breast cancer, which went up by 40% between 1973 and 1998. While breast cancer rates have declined since 2003, a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is now one in eight, up from one in ten in 1973.
•Asthma, which approximately doubled in prevalence between 1980 and 1995 and has stayed at the elevated rate.
•Difficulty in conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy affected 40% more women in 2002 than in 1982. The incidence of reported difficulty has almost doubled in younger women, ages 18–25.
•The birth defect resulting in undescended testes, which has increased 200% between 1970 and 1993.
•Autism, the diagnosis of which has increased more than 10 times in the last 15 years.