Media Advisory
1/12/12 for Immediate Release

Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY


Occupy the US Post Office to Express Strong Disapproval of Federal Government Activities Designed to Mislead the General Public on the Subject of Chemical Exposure Cancer Risk

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 12:00 PM

Main Lobby, US Post Office, State Street, Ogdensburg, NY USA

In the United States and to some lesser extent throughout the rest of the world, the chemical industry and the food industry have chosen to engage in activities that cause confusion in the minds of non experts on the subject of chemical exposure cancer risk.  This is particularly true in the case of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  The corporations have chosen this path due to fear of liability for contamination of the food supply, fear of loss of animal fat sales and fear of high clean up costs at contaminated sites.

The federal government is heavily controlled by corporate interests.  Due to these controlling influences the federal government has engaged in actions that facilitate the efforts of the corporations to deceive the American public concerning the magnitude of POPs exposure cancer risk.  This is done largely by omission.  The federal public health entities, including:  the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide no educational outreach to the public on the subject of POPs exposure cancer risk.  No warnings of the significant POPs exposure cancer hazard have been provided to the public by these entities.  On the subject of dioxin exposure cancer risk, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remain silent.  The current “Cancer Trends Progress Report”, a document published by the National Cancer Institute includes a dioxin chapter.  Based upon what is stated in the dioxin chapter, the non-expert reader would conclude that Americans are currently receiving no exposure to dioxins.  This is false.

“Cancer Action NY continues to move forward with its campaign to make know to Americans the bad behaviors of the federal government’s public health entities, which have led to much confusion among non-experts concerning the degree to which chemical exposure contributes to cancer causation.  As the Founder and Director of Cancer Action NY, I feel a great excitement for holding the federal government accountable for its deceptions.  Many people have died of cancer not knowing what caused them to die.  It is time for the federal government public health entities to start telling Americans the truth about chemical exposure cancer risk and admit to having sought to deceive the public in the past.  The federal government public health entities must publish and disseminate a POPs Cancer Hazard Advisory now.”-Donald L. Hassig