WASHINGTONThe Clinton Administration wants to sharply increase
funding for studies to determine environmental causes of cancer,
particularly of the breast and prostate. The President is asking
Congress to provide $27 million in fiscal year 2001 to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Environmental Health Lab, an
increase of 56% over the current budget.
Some scientific evidence indicates that unknown environmental factors
may increase the risk of breast and prostate cancer, the White House
said. It noted that the CDC has reported links between the pesticide
dieldrin and an increased risk of breast cancer and between
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and an increased risk of
The funds would:
Double the level of assistance provided by CDC scientists to state
and local public health officials investigating adverse health
situations possibly linked to environmental exposure.
As part of these interventions, the CDC will test the exposure
of thousands of individuals to toxic substances to determine the
cause of their illness, the White House said.
Help identify areas where individuals are exposed to carcinogens and
other toxic substances. The new funds would provide routine
nationwide monitoring of more than 100 potentially toxic substances,
including some 70 possible carcinogens.
Ensure that the Environmental Health Lab, working with state and
local officials, can better address public health emergencies, such
as pesticide contamination and chemical spills.