This is to bring to your notice that your (date) editorial titled "Fear no
more," on the recent General Electric-funded study finding no correlation between
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and cancer deaths, left out several key facts. Perhaps
the researchers in the GE study found no link between PCBs only on cancer deaths, rather
than on cancer incidence.
The study was conducted on all workers, many of whom have had no known exposures to PCBs.
The workers also had very limited exposure to the most toxic/carcinogenic PCB, (_______).
Its production was stopped in (year), but it continues to affect humans and the
environment as many other studies have shown a strong link between PCB exposure and
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization's
International Agency for Research on Cancer all consider PCBs to be a "probable human
carcinogen." There is solid scientific evidence that PCBs impede development. Their
presence can have long-term effects on a developing fetus, leading to intellectual,
behavioral, immune-system and reproductive impairment. In addition, children exposed in
the womb, such as those in Japan and Taiwan following the rice-oil poisonings of the late
(year, deacde) clearly have problems with skin, teeth, hair, nails, growth and puberty.
I would like to emphasize that this study was funded by GE, which faces steep litigation
and clean-up costs from irresponsible PCB dumping in (areas), therefore, the study found
exactly what is was designed to find: nothing.