環境公共衛生專家克拉普博士（Dr. Richard Clapp）表示，「過去20年來，兒童罹癌率很明顯地不斷攀升，增加速率大約是每年1%。」
一名主婦布勞威爾呼籲：「我們應該要有市面上所有化學品的完整資訊！」布勞威爾（Christine Brouwer）的女兒米拉4歲時死於腦癌手術的併發症，之後她在2008年發起了「米拉運動」（Mira's Movement），作為罹癌病童和其家人的支持團體，並為他們發聲。 她指控：「有這麼多可能的化學品接觸來源，包括嬰兒用品、沐浴用品、家用產品等。像用來治療蝨子的靈丹（Lindane），家長把它塗抹在小孩頭上。但他們知道這會導致癌症嗎？」而用來規範違禁化學品的《斯德哥爾摩公約》，到2009年才增加包括靈丹在內的9種化學品至禁用名單。
Bipartisan legislation was introduced in Congress today to help communities determine whether there is a connection between clusters of cancer, birth defects and other diseases, and contaminants in the surrounding environment.
The bill would authorize federal agencies to form partnerships with states and academic institutions to investigate and help address disease clusters.
A coalition representing more than 11 million Americans is urging Congress to do more, specifically to update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act without delay.
The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition warned today in a teleconference that cancer in American children has increased since 1975, while exposure to toxic chemicals has also intensified.
Environmental public health expert Dr. Richard Clapp told reporters on the call, "The incidence of childhood cancers has unequivocally been going up for last 20 years, at about a one percent increase per year."
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization, this year looked at over 900 chemicals and identified 107 that are known to cause cancer, said Dr. Clapp. "In 1975 there were about a dozen things known to cause cancer in humans."
As incidences of childhood leukemia and brain cancer have increased, Dr. Clapp pointed to exposure to chlorinated solvents such as trichlorethelyene and carbon tetrachloride in drinking water as a factor in childhood cancer clusters found in Woburn, Massachusetts and Tom's River, New Jersey.
Chlorinated solvents are used for a wide variety of commercial and industrial purposes, including degreasers, cleaning solutions, paint thinners, pesticides, resins and glues.
These are only some of the 80,000 chemicals have been produced in the United States to create commonly-used products, which include known carcinogens such as asbestos, formaldehyde, lead, cadmium, and vinyl chloride, with virtually no government oversight, warns the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition.
"We see cancers increasing and other diseases in kids to be increasing, and we know some of this increase is due to the increase in chemicals," said Sean Palfrey, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics and public health at Boston University.
"We can eat them or drink, breathe them, and absorb them through our skin. They harm the blood cells related to leukemia or brain cells and show up years later," said Dr. Palfrey.
"We should have full information on all chemicals on the market," said Christine Brouwer, who founded Mira's Movement in 2008 after her daughter, Mira, died at the age of four from complications of treatment for brain cancer. The organization supports and advocates on behalf of children with cancer and their families.
"There are so many possible multiple sources of exposure," she said, "baby products, bath products, household products. Lindane is used to treat lice, parents put it on their childrens' heads. Do they know it causes cancer?"
In 2009, nine chemicals, including lindane, were added to a list of toxic substances that are to be eliminated under the Stockholm Convention, an international treaty.
New types of tumors are emerging due to exposure to new chemicals, Brouwer said. "Most people believe the government regulates chemicals, but it doesn't," she said, urging Congress to quickly reform the Toxic Substances Control Act.