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Environmental cancer--a political disease?
Lichter, S. Robert.
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New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, 1999.
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xiii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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RC268.25 .L53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An examination of the controversies surrounding environmental cancer. The authors draw on surveys by cancer researchers and environmental activists to reveal differences between the two groups' viewpoints. They examine these opposing views and document how they are reflected in the media.

Author Notes

S. Robert Lichter is co-director of the nonpartisan Center for Media & Public Affairs (CMPA) & co-author of over 10 books, including "Peepshow". Lichter frequently appears on FOX News & Radio America. He lives in the Washington, DC, metro area.

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Booklist Review

The Depression generation called it "Big C"; the word was too terrifying to utter. If Georgetown University political scientist Lichter and emeritus Smith College government professor Rothman are correct, war babies, boomers, and their children have access to more scientific information about cancer, but data in the media are as likely to be "junk science" as authentic risk assessment. Environmental Cancer is a more genteel version of recent "environmental backlash" books. The authors sketch environmentalism's history; describe ideologies within the movement; define environmental cancer; and then compare the opinions of cancer scientists, environmental activists, the media, and the public. Their most valuable contribution may be a Roper Center phone survey that asked several hundred American Association for Cancer Research members about the role in cancer causation of various substances and behaviors. But the authors' opinions are clear in their sources (the American Council for Science and Health, for example, is an "environmentally moderate activist group"; activists consider it a mouthpiece for corporate polluters). Not evenhanded, but likely to be useful. --Mary Carroll