Toxic Terror: The Truth Behind the Cancer ScaresBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6927.545 (Published 19 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:545
- D J J Heederik
Toxic Terror analyses some widespread beliefs about environmental health risks and tries to confront them with “scientific realities.” It discusses some specific environmental hazards, focusing on the published scientific evidence of the magnitude of the risks and on the role of all those concerned in risk analysis and decision making - such as researchers, victims, policy makers, and government officials.
For some relations between environmental factors and health, causality is clearly proved. The experimental and epidemiological evidence for a link between occupational exposure to asbestos and deaths from lung cancer and mesothelioma is massive. This enables health risks at low exposure levels to be estimated by extrapolation. Such …