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September is Children's Environments and Cancer Month
Childhood cancer has increased by 35% in the U.S. over the past 40 years, and it is the leading disease-related cause of death among our children. Exposures to toxic chemicals play a role in the development of some children’s cancers, and childhood exposures also play a role in the development of cancers later in life.
We need to do a better job of protecting our children by ensuring that the products in our marketplace are free from toxic compounds. Thus, CEHN has partnered with the Cancer Free Economy Network to provide you with more information and resources about how chemicals in everyday products can put you and our children at risk for cancers. To learn how you can protect yourself and your family see the action items and resources below!
Click here to help us continue to bring together and highlight the critical work being done to protect children's health, galvanize support, and motivate society to take action.
Protect your family and demand safer products from retailers and manufacturers:
1) Check out the products you buy. Look to avoid products your kids are likely to come into regular contact with, including avoiding products made from pressed wood, stain-resistant carpets and upholstery, coated food packaging (microwave popcorn, other greasy foods wrapped in papers, etc.), and wrinkle-free clothing.
- Mind the Store’s Retailer Rankings shows how well popular retailers address concerns about toxic chemicals in consumer products.
- NRDC Consumer Guides show you which products to avoid and what you can do to avoid them.
2) Tell retailers and manufacturers you want safer products. Ask for products that do not contain PFAS, formaldehyde, flame retardants, and other toxic chemicals.
3) Protect your home with good practices. There are small things you can do to reduce exposure to pollutants and toxic chemicals in your home:
- Place rugs in doorways to avoid tracking pollutants into your home and take off your outdoor shoes at the door.
- Download and use the Detox Me smartphone app. This free app walks you through simple, research-based tips on how to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals where you live and work. It allows you to set goals, keeps track of your progress and sends you reminders.
- Check out this guide to purchasing safer disposable foodware.
- Learn about the products and goods you use every day. The Environmental Working Group’s Consumer Guides provide you with information about your water, food, and many of the consumer products on the market.