Biden’s Ambitious Cancer Goals a Matter of Life or Death for Louisianans (VOA News)


    A school and neighborhoods sit near the Denka Performance Elastomer Plant, back, in Reserve, La., Sept. 23, 2022. The plant emits chloroprene, listed as a carcinogen in California and a likely one by the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Biden’s Ambitious Cancer Goals a Matter of Life or Death for Louisianans – By Matt Haines (VOA News) / Mar 19 2023

    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — Barbara Washington is a lifelong resident of Convent, Louisiana, a town of fewer than 500 residents along the Mississippi River that has been hit hard by cancer.

    “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven … about eight,” she told VOA, counting the number of people on her street who have died from cancer in recent years. “And my sister died from lung cancer at just 57 years old. She didn’t smoke. She just worked at one of the chemical plants at night.”

    Convent is in the southeastern part of the state, part of a corridor surrounded by chemical plants.

    U.S. first lady Jill Biden’s recent visit to the nearby city of New Orleans highlighted the region’s dubious distinction of having some of the highest cancer rates in the nation. It’s a scourge the Biden administration aims to combat with an ambitious effort to cut America’s cancer death rate by at least 50% over the next 25 years.


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