The Cancer Prevention Society believes in stopping cancer at its source.
One in three people will get cancer during our lifetimes, a figure expected to rise to one in two by 2020. During our lives, we are unwittingly exposed to thousands of chemicals associated with cancer and other illnesses.
Many of these are man-made, including synthetic chemicals found in everyday consumer products, the home, the workplace and in environmental pollutants.
The best estimate is that 75,000 different synthetic chemicals are now in regular use. Of these, only about 1.5 – 3 % have been tested for carcinogenicity.
The Society believes that if we are to bring down cancer rates then we must reduce human exposure to harmful chemicals as well as to radiation.
The aims of the Society are to raise public and medical awareness about the dangers these substances pose as well as to reduce the current epidemic levels of cancer by finding ways to reduce human exposure to carcinogens, particularly those of man-made origin.
It is unique amongst cancer charities, in that its primary purpose is to prevent people from getting cancer in the first place.
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