with Devra Davis, Environmental Health Trust and UC Berkeley
The War on Cancer was declared in the 1970s and quickly became a battle to find and treat the disease. Lost in this early heyday was a major effort to act on the things then known to cause cancer—including tobacco, asbestos, hormones, and sunlight. Despite the fact that scientists had identified a number of important cancer-causing agents in modern society in the 1930s, steps to reign those in agents did not occur until after overwhelming evidence of human harm had mounted.
We are paying the price now for those failures in terms of lung and other cancers tied with smoking or industrial practices. There have been a number of great successes of cancer treatment for breast, cervix, colon, testicular cancer and childhood leukemia. But efforts to prevent cancer from occurring by reducing exposures
to known and suspected cancer-causing agents receive little public attention. Recent research indicates that cell phone and other forms of digital wireless radiation can be damaging to human health. We need to develop precautionary policies to reduce exposures to these suspected hazards while major training and research programs are established to evaluate this vast global experiment of wireless radiation in which more than 6 billion people now participate.
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