Impact of Energy and Industrial Pollution on Public Health

  • Samuel C. MorrisIII
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 25)


Among all major killer disease, cancer alone has steadily increased during this century (Fig 1). Moreover, those cancers more likely to be environmentally produced seem to be increasing the fastest (Fig 2). Figure 3 shows results from surveys of cancer incidence rather than mortality. Although there may be comparability problems since the survey populations were different, these data provide the best available evidence of positive cancer trends. The First National Cancer Survey was made in 1937–39, the Second in 1947–48, and the Third in 1969–71. The National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program began in 1973. The SEER results shown are for 1973–76. Incidence trends from these surveys were examined in detail by Devesa and Silverman (1,2) and by Pollack and Horn (3).


Lung Cancer Cancer Mortality Occupational Exposure Vinyl Chloride Diesel Exhaust 
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  • Samuel C. MorrisIII
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  1. 1.Biomedical and Environ. Assessment DivisionBrookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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