9/4/12 News Release: Cancer Action NY Writes to Nirav Shah, MD, Commissioner NYS DOH Setting Forth Demands Concerning Content of 2012-2016 NYS Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan

Cancer Action NY Writes to Nirav Shah, MD, Commissioner NYS DOH
Setting Forth Demands Concerning Content of 2012-2016 NYS
Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan

(The letter is provided below.)

“The draft 2012-2016 NYS Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan is very
deficient in the area of preventing exposures to pollutant
carcinogens.  After a decade of advocacy for dioxin and persistent
organic pollutants (POPs) exposure reduction and minimization
educational outreach by the New York State Department of Health (DOH)
and no concrete action by the DOH, I am very displeased with the
administrators of the Center for Environmental Health and those people
in the upper tier of DOH administration.  I can not understand how
these people can look their children in the eye, sleep at night and
look at themselves in the mirror when they know that childhood cancer
incidence is increasing for numerous anatomical sites and that POPs
exposure is a major contributor to cancer risk.  It is so wrong for
adults in powerful governmental positions to choose not to warn
children and their caregivers of the avoidable dioxin and POPs
exposure cancer hazards.”-Donald L. Hassig



Nirav Shah, MD, Commissioner
New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Commissioner Shah,

The concept of cancer control planning comes from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP).  The states and tribes are
encouraged to adopt cancer control plans by the CDCP Division of
Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC).

Cancer Action NY has worked for years seeking to motivate the DCPC and
state cancer control programs in New York, MIchigan, Wisconsin and
Pennsylvania to provide the American public with warnings of the
dioxin exposure, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure and
constituents of combustion of fossil fuels emissions exposure cancer
hazards.  These are avoidable cancer hazards.

Neither the DCPC or any of the state cancer control programs have yet
provided such warning.  The blood of millions of Americans is on
their hands.

Why won’t the DCPC and the state cancer control programs provide
warnings of the avoidable pollutant carcinogen exposure cancer hazards?
These public health entities are controlled by politics.  Chemical and
manufacturing corporations control politicians. Cancer control
planning is run by corporations.  It is used to create the illusion
that efforts are being made to address cancer burden in a science
based manner.  In America, cancer control planning is a lie.

For dioxin exposure alone, lifetime excess cancer risk is estimated at 1 in
1000.  This means that every 70 years, 300,000 Americans die of cancer
because of dioxin exposure.  The actual death toll is far, far higher
because the 1 in 1000 estimate is for exposures of adult males only.
No epidemiological studies with children or women were included in the
development of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) cancer
slope factor.  Actual total POPs exposure cancer death toll is likely
to be in excess of 1,000,000 Americans every 70 years.

If the American people knew the Truth about POPs exposure and cancer
outcome, they would be out in the streets right now demanding that the
government step down to be replaced by those who were chosen by the
people in publicly financed elections.  Cancer is reason for revolution.

I demand that the New York State Department of Health start telling
the Truth.  The 2012-2016 New York State Comprehensive Cancer Control
Plan (CCCP) must be renamed.  The word prevention must be placed
before the word control.  The 2012-2016 NYS Comprehensive Cancer
Prevention and Control Plan (CCPCP) must make know to the public the
past bad behaviors of cancer control planners.  The CCPCP must include
a section dedicated to bringing out the Truth concerning corporate
control of governmental public health entities.  The CCPCP must set in
place a process for presenting this Truth to New Yorkers.  This
process must include a series of public forum style meetings conducted
throughout the state to address the matter of corporate control as
described above.

The CCPCP must include an approximate accounting of the cancer death
toll that has resulted from corporate control of the governmental
public health entities at the national and state levels.  It is
especially important that Americans see the numbers of cancer planning

The CCPCP must list known pollutant carcinogens for which cancer
hazard advisories will be published during the first year of existence
of the plan.  The list of pollutant carcinogens for which cancer
hazard advisories will be published must include:  POPs, benzene,
formaldehyde, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and the
carcinogenic metals, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, nickel and lead.

The CCPCP must include a time-line for production and dissemination of
the cancer hazard advisories.  The CCPCP must set in place a mechanism
for insuring joint New York State Department of Health, county public
health departments and grassroots cancer prevention organizations work
to create and disseminate the cancer hazard advisories.

The CCPCP must contain a section that establishes a ban on the
participation of the American Cancer Society (ACS) in any activities
set forth in that document.  The ACS is a corporate entity and must be
driven out of America.

Thank you for your careful attention to this correspondence.

joyous in Nature-Viva the Revolution,

Donald L. Hassig

Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625


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