Quote of the Day: Jeanne Rizzo on Cancer and the Environment


Why is it when I wake up in the morning, I find myself asking if this is the year the environmental health movement goes mainstream. When will the cancer establishment open its eyes to the mounting evidence of harm from exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation? When will they seriously join the discussion and dedicate their substantial resources to primary cancer prevention research and education and support public health policy?

Legalized corporate priorities—the pursuit of profit and brand dominance over taking responsibility for the long-term impact of their products— are major contributors to the epidemic of environmental diseases. Large corporations and small businesses need to become accountable and embrace their responsibility to consider the impact that their products as well as manufacturing and disposal processes make on our health and the environment.Just ask the residents who live on a toxic dump site what they know about chronic illnesses and cancer. Ask the farm workers in Salinas Valley what they know about pesticides. Ask the salon worker what she knows, even as she turns the product bottle over and tries to figure out if sodium laureth sulfate on the label means there is a contaminant called 1,4 dioxane in the shampoo she is using and selling to her valued patrons.

I do not believe there is a deliberate effort to make people sick. There is simply insufficient deliberate effort to ensure our health and safety. ...

There is sufficient scientific evidence and human experience to compel our action."

—Jeanne Rizzo, R.N., executive director of the Breast Cancer Fund, in the Fall 2007 issue of Strong Voices

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