Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today applauded the work of researchers at the Environmental Health Laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC research, published in the British medical journal Lancet, found an association between exposure to the pesticide Dieldrin and risk for breast cancer. "The Lancet research is testimony to the important work of the Environmental Health Laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Lab develops state-of-the-art laboratory science that is able to measure actual levels of toxic substances in people, and made the research reported today possible," Pelosi said.
This year Rep. Pelosi, a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, made increased funding for the Lab a top priority and won a $14 million increase, to $21 million, in total funding for the Lab.
Rep. Pelosi, along with leaders in the environmental health community in the Bay Area, has long been concerned about possible environmental factors for breast cancer. "We must make every effort to identify substances like Dieldrin which threaten the public health. Additional research is needed on the environmental links to breast and other cancers, and we also must act on the research at hand by implementing appropriate safeguards to protect the public from dangerous toxins," Pelosi said.
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