Synopses & Reviews
Anyone concerned with the threats environmental hazards like radiation and toxic chemicals pose to human health should read this book.
How Much Risk? illustrates how scientists investigate controversial issues such as high rates of breast cancer attributed to pesticides, cancer clusters near toxic waste dumps and nuclear plants, and the recent worldwide increase in asthma. It explains in lay language the technical terms often appearing in news stories or government reports, such as statistical significance, ionizing radiation, and biological markers. It also describes how scientists distinguish a real cluster of disease from a chance event, the interaction of genetic predisposition and environment in disease, and how radiation can cause some types of cancer.
If you have ever wanted to know how scientists investigate these controversies, why they sometimes fail to come up with defmite answers, and why they sometimes disagree, How Much Risk? is a must. By informing its readers what is known about the nature and causes of diseases like asthma and certain forms of cancer and their links with environmental exposures, it provides them with a deeper insight into environmental health issues in general, and the ability to make more informed, rational decisions about them.
An excellent critical analysis and scientific assessment of the nature and actual level of risk leading environmental health hazards pose to the public. Issues such as radiation from nuclear testing, radon in the home, and the connection between electromagnetic fields and cancer, environmental factors and asthma, pesticides and breast cancer and leukemia clusters around nuclear plants are discussed and how scientists asses these risks is illuminated. This book will enable readers to better understand environmental health issues and with the proper scientific understanding, make informed, rational decisions about them.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: What We Hope to Do
2. Atomic Bombs, Nuclear Fallout, and Dental X-Rays
3. Radon in Your Basement
4. Childhood Leukemia Near Nuclear Plants
5. Breast Cancer, Part 1: The Rise of Activism and the Pesticide Hypothesis
6. Breast Cancer, Part 2: Testing the Pesticide Hypothesis
7. Power Lines, Magnetic Fields, and Cancer
8. Cancer from the Landfill?
9. Asthma, Allergy, and Air Pollution
10. Summary: Lessons from a Disaster