Un­re­li­able re­port on pes­ti­cides

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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