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"By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox." – Galileo Galilei

Introducing the Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research — A Source for Accurate, Common Sense Information on Cancer Research

It’s been said many times that good health is the most important thing in life. Considering cancer is one of the world’s greatest health threats, publicizing science-based information about cancer research and prevention is critically important.


That is why the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has launched a new public initiative, the Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research (CAPHR), with a focus on promoting credible, unbiased and transparent public health research that is based on the best available scientific data.


The project includes the launch of our new user-friendly website as well as a Twitter handle (@The_CAHPR). Each tool is designed to provide easy access and increased awareness of the importance of fact-based research, grounded in studies that are based solely on transparent and rigorous science.


The website features a wealth of information on this important topic, including fact sheets, infographics, and relevant news stories — all designed to better inform the public on what prominent public health studies do and do not mean.


In recent years, a growing number of misleading headlines have trumpeted alarmist claims that many everyday products, activities and occupations can cause cancer.


At the core of this issue has been the work of the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which has produced research indicating everything from sunlight, cell phones, hot beverages, and red meat can cause cancer.


The CAPHR initiative cuts through the confusion and unfounded alarm generated by this research by presenting:


  • Facts, and nothing but the facts. You will find extensively-sourced case studies on coffee, cell phones, glyphosate and red meat that demonstrate why — contrary to IARC’s conclusions — these substances present little to no carcinogenic threat.


  • Answers to frequently asked questions. Did you know IARC determines carcinogenic hazards rather than risks? Or that IARC has evaluated 989 agents and determined just one is “probably not carcinogenic”? CAPHR answers these questions and more, revealing why many of IARC’s determinations should be taken with a grain of salt (which, IARC may soon determine is carcinogenic, by the way).


  • Links to media reports that set the record straight. The mainstream media is catching on to IARC’s alarmism, flawed methodology and questionable tactics. We have all the links to keep you informed.


  • Infographics. Did you know IARC places processed meat in the same carcinogenic classification category as plutonium? We’ll show you how IARC’s flawed methodology mischaracterizes numerous substances and spreads confusion.


  • What’s coming next? Learn which everyday products, occupations and activities that IARC will soon be evaluating (and likely be determining can give you cancer).


ACC hopes that this undertaking will expose problematic scientific processes and help prevent confusion and subsequent misallocation of resources on important health issues.

Public health is paramount, and cancer is a significant public health threat. But there is no place in the discussion for misleading information. CAPHR’s mission is to bring reason and rationality back into the public health debate. Get the facts, educate yourself, and protect your health.