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. Nearly 13,000 children are expected to get cancer in 2014, and more than 1,400 are expected to die. 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 70â€™s. However, the exact causes of childhood cancers are unknown. Health advocates say a childâ€™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 other household chemicals. Researchers are now studying whether others factors including parental exposure to radiation or chemicals, maternal diet during pregnancy, early postnatal feeding patterns and diet, or maternal reproductive history may be responsible for contributing to the increase in these cancers. 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 previously having cancer and the treatments required to cure it. 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.
S.50 – Strengthening Protections for Children and Communities From Disease Clusters Act
H.R.1007: Asthma Management Plans in School Act
I oppose reforming current child pollution protection policy and wish to defeat S.50 and H.R.1007
I support investigating suspected or potential disease clusters, environmental pollutants or toxic substances associated with such clusters; establishing and operating Regional Disease Cluster Information and Response Centers and Regional Disease Cluster Information and Response Teams; authorizes any person to submit a petition to the EPA that requests that a Response Team conduct an investigation or take action to address the potential causes of disease clusters; authorizing grants to groups of individuals that may be affected by such clusters, and wish to pass S.50
I support awarding grants to schools for the development and implementation of asthma management plans, purchase asthma medications, devices and other supplies necessary for the relief and treatment of affected students, and wish to pass H.R.1007