Modern Life Is KILLING Children: Gadgets, Pollution Blamed As Cancer Rates Soar

Modern Life Is KILLING Children: Gadgets, Pollution Blamed As Cancer Rates Soar

Pollution, pesticides and fast food is killing our children with new statistics revealing that the number of youngsters diagnosed with cancer has risen by 40% over the past 16 years.

Analysis compiled by researchers from the charity Children with Cancer UK found new cases of cancer in young people rose by 1,300 every year since statistics were last compiled in 1998.

The charity found this is most evident in colon cancer which has increased by 200% and thyroid cancer which has seen its cases doubled during the 18 years since the last report was released.

Although researchers can attribute some of the rise to improvements in cancer diagnoses and more screening, they admit the majority is probably caused by environmental factors.

Alasdair Philips, science adviser at Children with Cancer UK told Sky News that there seems to be ‘a correlation between the lifestyle of young people’

‘They tend to be doing a lot less exercise and there’s also a lot of fast food being eaten, which is fine in moderation, but we know they do contain cancer giving substances,’ he said.

‘So if you eat well-cooked meat and burgers and it goes into your colon and hangs around because you’re not doing much exercise, it’s more likely to cause damage. I think that’s part of the issue.’

Dr Denis Henshaw, Professor of Human Radiation Effects at Bristol University and the scientific adviser for Children with Cancer UK, said air pollution is the main reason for the increasing number of cancer cases while rising rates of obesity, among other causes, played there part too. 

‘When you look at cancers such as childhood leukaemia there is no doubt that environmental factors are playing a big role,’ said Dr Henshaw. ‘We were shocked to see the figures, and it’s modern lifestyle I’m afraid.

‘Many items on the list of environmental causes are now known to be carcinogenic, such as air pollution and pesticides and solvents. There has been good research to suggest a mother’s diet can damage DNA in cord blood. Light at night we know is very disruptive for the body, which is why shift workers have such bad health.

‘Burnt barbecues, the electric fields of power lines, the electricity supply in your home. Hairdryers. It’s all of these things coming together, and it seems to be teenagers and young people that are most affected.

‘What’s worrying is it is very hard to avoid a lot of these things. How can you avoid air pollution? It sometimes feels like we are fighting a losing battle.’