Child pollution protection
Cancer kills more children than any other disease. After accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 15. The incidence of childhood cancer continues to increase at the alarming rate of about 1% per year. About 13,000 children are expected to get cancer in 2015, and more than 1,400 are expected to pass. This is despite treatment advances that have enabled 80% of children with cancer to survive 5 years or more -up from 60% in the mid 70’s. However, the exact causes of childhood cancers are not known. Health advocates say a child’s physiology and metabolism are much more sensitive to the harmful effects of pollution exposure than adults. It is suspected these cancers could result from environmental exposure to toxins such as pesticides, solvents, fire retardants or household chemicals. Researchers are now studying whether others factors such as parental exposure to radiation or chemicals, maternal diet during pregnancy, early postnatal feeding patterns and diet, or maternal reproductive history could be contributing to the increase in child cancer. There are now more than 360,000 survivors of childhood cancer. However, many of these children will face additional health problems growing up as a result of having had cancer and its treatments. More than 7 million American children also suffer from asthma, a disease that inflames and narrows the airways leading to, or within, the lungs. Asthma is the most common chronic illness in children under the age of 18. Much like cancer, the causes of asthma are not precisely known and its incidence is also on the rise, although asthma deaths occur much more often in adults than children.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.72 – Breath of Fresh Air Act

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May 21, 2020
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May 27, 2020

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