<<Once you eliminate the effects of smoking and longevity, most cancer
rates have stayed the same.>>
My father died of brain cancer at the age of 55, which is not elderly.
It is actually two years younger than my husband and I are now and we
have not yet been retired. I have since learned that vinyl chloride is
among the causes of brain cancer and that vinyl chloride, until somewhat
recently, was among the misnamed inert ingredient in pesticides! These
pesticides were used on agriculture and have been identified in some
crops, such as tobacco, according to court testimony in the tobacco
An (Internatinal Agency for the Research on Cancer) IARC Working Group
reported that there is sufficient evidence for the carcinogenicity of
vinyl chloride in humans (IARC S.7, 1987). Vinyl chloride has been
associated with tumors of the liver, brain, lung, and
hematolymphopoietic system.. A large number of epidemiological studies
and case reports have substantiated the causal association between vinyl
chloride and angiosarcoma of the liver. Several studies also confirm
that exposure to vinyl chloride causes other forms of cancer, i.e.,
hepatocellular carcinoma, brain tumors, lung tumors, and malignancies of
the lymphatic and hematopoietic system.
More recently, other substances are suggested as links to brain cancer,
such as the genetically engineered enzyme which creates asparatame
''In the U.S., brain cancer has been steadily increasing about 0.7% per
year since 1973. This steady increase is noteworthy by itself. However,
among people over age 65, brain cancer has been increasing 2.9% each
year...Today roughly 17,500 Americans (9600 males, 7900 females) are
diagnosed with new brain cancers each year. During the period
1973-1990 brain cancer steadily increased in other industrialized
countries as well, especially among the elderly.''
Source: Brain Cancer Update, http://www.monitor.net/rachel/r520.html >
 Benjamin F. Hankey and others, "Brain and Other Nervous System
[Cancers]," in Barry A. Miller and others, editors, SEER CANCER
STATISTICS REVIEW 1973-1990 [NIH Publication No. 93-2789] (Bethesda,
Maryland: National Cancer Institute, 1993, pgs. III.1-III.20. And: Nigel
H. Greig and others, "Increasing Annual Incidence of Primary Malignant
Brain Tumors in the Elderly," JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
Vol. 82, No. 20 (October 17, 1990), pgs. 1621-1624.
 Yang Mao and others, "Increasing Brain Cancer Rates in Canada,"
CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL Vol. 145, No. 12 (December 15,
1991), pgs. 1583-1591. And: M. Bahemuka and others, "International
Mortality from Primary Nervous System Neoplasms:
Distribution and Trends," INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY Vol. 17,
No. 1 (1988), pgs. 33-38.
Are Helseth and others, "Neoplasms of the Central Nervous System in
Norway," APMIS Vol. 96 (1988), pgs. 1066-1074.
Anders Ahlbom and Ylva Rodvall, "Brain Tumor Trends [letter]," THE
LANCET November 25, 1989, pg. 1272.
Y. Ben-Shlomo and G. Davey Smith, "[Untitled letter]," THE LANCET
November 25, 1989, pgs. 1272- 1273.
F. Levi and C. La Vecchia, "Trends in Brain Cancer [letter]," THE LANCET
October 14, 1989, pg. 917. And: Anders Ahlbom, "Some Notes on Brain
Tumor Epidemiology," in Devra Lee Davis and David Hoel, editors, TRENDS
IN CANCER MORTALITY IN INDUSTRIAL COUNTRIES [Annals of the New York
Academy of Sciences Vol. 609] (New York: New York Academy of
Sciences, 1990), pgs. 179-190.
Devra Lee Davis and others, "Is Brain Cancer Mortality Increasing in
Industrial Countries?" AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE Vol.
19 (1991), pgs. 421-431. And: Devra Lee Davis and others, "Is Brain
Cancer Mortality Increasing in Industrial Countries?" in Devra Lee Davis
and David Hoel, editors, TRENDS IN CANCER MORTALITY IN INDUSTRIAL
COUNTRIES [Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Vol. 609] (New
York: New York
Academy of Sciences, 1990), pgs. 191-204.
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