Unreliable report on pesticides

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Chief Public Health Office released a 300-page report claiming that pesticides have little or no impact on Island disease rates. It states pesticides sold on P.E.I. are not associated with the four common cancers in the Province such as lung, breast, colorectal and prostrate cancer. However, it has possible connections to cancers of the blood, bone marrow and the lymphatic system particularly non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Epidemiology is the study of how often diseases occur in different groups of people and why. It is the cornerstone of public health and shapes policy decisions by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive health care. To my knowledge P.E.I.’s Public Health office does not have staff person who is fully trained and qualified in epidemiology therefore this report is not valid and is guesswork at best. It is an unprofessional and unreliable report, which never has been released to the public.

David Steeves,

Charlottetown

Organizations: Public Health Office

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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