The Public Interest

The science of cancer

Richard D. Pollak

Winter 1992

HAS CANCER reached epidemic proportions? In recent years there has been a barrage of newspaper, magazine, and television stories about the carcinogenic potential of everything from pesticides and nuclear power plants to apples and broiled meat. Ask the man or woman on the street and he or site will probably tell you that the incidence of cancer has increased tremendously since the turn of the century because we now use too many chemicals and artificial substances. 

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