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Childhood Cancer and Environmental Toxins: The Debate Continues

Massey-Stokes, Marilyn EdD, CHES; Lanning, Beth PhD, CHES

Environmental Issues in the Health of Children

Despite its rarity and advances in treatment and supportive care, cancer remains the leading cause of death from disease in children under 15. While the field of pediatric oncology has seen some advances in diagnostic and treatment techniques, researchers continue to face numerous hurdles in determining causative factors associated with childhood cancer. One of the most hotly contested issues in this area is the possible link between childhood cancer and environmental toxins. This article presents an interview with three pediatric oncologists and an environmental research toxicologist to help provide insight into the relationship between environmental exposures and childhood cancer.

Associate Professor, Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (Massey-Stokes)

Assistant Professor, Health, Human Performance, and Recreation, Baylor University, Waco, Texas (Lanning)

An Interview with W. Paul Bowman, MD, Melanie Oblender, MD, Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD, and Jonathan Ward, PhD.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.