Cancer is a serious disease, especially in children. Disease related statistics place childhood cancer as the leading cause of death in children from Birth to 15 years old.
Accidents do cause more deaths than cancer, but cancer is the most common childhood disease resulting in death.
It is estimated Childhood cancer is the cause of around 10% of Deaths in children under the age of 15.
Survival rates for Childhood cancer have increased to greater than 75% over the last 25 years.
Research from the National cancer institute reported a link between household chemicals and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It was found that children were more likely to develop ALL if homes were subject to the use of glues or solvents. The same research showed Mothers, while pregnant who were subject to paint sufficient to paint 4 rooms of a house were more likely to have a child who acquired ALL.
It has been estimated that less than 10% of childhood cancers are linked to genetics or family history, the remaining having strong links to environmental factors being the largest cause of Childhood cancers.
Some studies have shown that nearly 1 in 500 children will contract cancer before their teen years.
Chemical pollutants can cross the umbilical cord from the mother to the baby. A newborn baby is therefore likely to be contaminated with toxic pollutants, even before they have taken their first breath. Chemicals can also travel from mothers breast milk to the baby. childhood cancer
An example of this would be Foetal alcohol syndrome. I was reading recently that Foetal alcohol exposure is the leading known cause of mental retardation. Foetal Alcohol Syndrome can cause growth abnormalities, mental and behavioural problems. Exposure to alcohol prenatally can have teratogenic effects on the unborn baby.
Any amount of alcohol consumed during pregnancy can cause foetal alcohol syndrome.
It has long been thought that the placenta was a protective barrier between mother and baby. The truth is chemicals can accumulate in the placenta and cross the placental barrier from mother to baby.
As an adult, exposure to problem chemicals may cause premature cancer or disease. That is a problem based on choice at an adult level.
Children born to parents who have knowingly been exposed to chemicals with the assumption they do not cause problems can result in, often severe, birth defects, mental retardation, premature birth problems. Miscarriage is also common. Chemical exposure to dads prior to conception can also potentially cause problems to the pre-conceived child as chemicals can damage sperm development.
Education is extremely important to highlight the effects chemicals can have on the body and how our lifestyle choices can cause permanent damage to unborn children.