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EPA ADMINISTRATOR BROWNER TO CONVENE
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILDHOOD CANCER
AND POSSIBLE LINK TO ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS



FOR RELEASE:  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1997

MEDIA ADVISORY

EPA ADMINISTRATOR BROWNER TO CONVENE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILDHOOD 
CANCER AND POSSIBLE LINK TO ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

     U.S. EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner will convene on September 
15th the first-ever federal  conference to address environmental 
causes that may contribute to the alarming increase in cancer 
incidences in children in the United States.  The conference will 
bring together America's leading experts on childhood cancer to 
develop a national research strategy for addressing this growing 
problem.
     According to National Cancer Institute data, acute lymphoblastic 
leukemia among children increased by over 27 percent among children 
over the last two decades.  Childhood brain cancer increased by over 
39 percent, kidney tumors increased by over 45 percent, a form of bone 
cancer increased by 50 percent, and testicular cancer increased by 68 
percent among children.  

     Environmental factors like toxins in food, dust, drinking water 
and other sources of pollution must be considered prime suspects in 
these dramatic increases.

     Speakers will include physicians and experts on this issue from 
the National Cancer Institute, Columbia University, and the Robert 
Wood Johnson Medical Center, along with U.S. Representatives Nita M. 
Lowey, Jim Moran and other officials.

WHO: U.S. EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner
           
WHAT:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Conference on 
     Childhood Cancer and Possible Link to Environmental Hazards

WHEN: Sept. 15 and 16, 1997
     8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sheraton National Hotel
     Arlington, VA

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