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Proximity To Fracking Sites Associated With Risk Of Childhood Cancer


“Pennsylvania children living near unconventional oil and gas developments at birth were two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with leukemia between the ages of 2 and 7 than those who did not live near this oil and gas activity, a novel study from the Yale School of Public Health finds.” [Source:]


Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a technique for obtaining oil and gas from shale rock. The process involves drilling into the earth and directing a high-pressure mixture of water, sand, and chemicals at rock.

A highly controversial means of energy production, previous research has associated fracking with significant adverse health effects, water contamination, and environmental damage. A review published in 2017 identified 55 chemicals released into air and water by fracking that may cause cancer, including 20 that have been shown to increase the risk of leukemia and lymphoma.

For information on the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s studies examining natural approaches to fighting these blood cancers, see the feature articles on leukemia and lymphoma on our website.

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