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RES maps chronic disease in “Toxic Planet”

President of Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) André Cicolella has published a new book in which he shows that more than 50% of cancers are “location specific” and are therefore caused by factors related to the environment in which people live.

The book, entitled, "Toxique Planète, le scandale invisible des maladies chroniques" (Seuil, 10 October 2013) reveals the huge inequality in rates of cancer, diabetes and stroke between different in health departments in France.

In an article in the French weekly, Le Nouvel Observateur, recommendations on "controlling exposure to environmental hazards" contained in a proposed third cancer plan in France (2014-208) are cited. They include, for example, a recommendation that exposure to exhaust gases of diesel engines should be reduced.

Responding to this important section of the proposed plan, André Cicolella says: “The Ministry of Health and INVS (National Institute of Health) should look at the regional data and analyse the inequality of the changes in chronic disease. This would probably allow them to much better assess the causes of the huge wave of prostate cancer (71,000 new cases per year), breast cancer (53,000 per year), cardiovascular disease and diabetes in France. Opting for prevention is less costly for health - and for the health insurance system as well.”

Note: HEAL has recently co-authored a report on “Non-communicable diseases and environmental determinants” available here and our Chemicals Health Monitor online is a source of information about chemicals and diseases

Last updated on 8 October 2013

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