As recognized by over 230 medical journals around the world, the health effects of climate change are catastrophic, and will impact our ability to treat and care for cancer patients.
                                                                                                                                               — Wise 2021

Air Pollution

An estimated 7 million people die each year from causes related to air pollution, with a majority occurring in the Asia-Pacific region. Air pollution levels vary around the world, and the harmful contaminants in the air are not always visible to the naked eye. In an effort to increase understanding about air pollution levels and their harmful effects on public health, the United Nations has designated September 7 the International Day of Clean Air.

"The impact of climate change is disproportionally worse on underserved populations who contribute the least."
                                                      — Tessum 2021 and Shultz 2020

Extreme Weather & Access to Care

Events such as hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, mud slides, and tornadoes can have devastating consequences on the care of patients with cancer. Extreme weather events can result in:

"The incidence of childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is correlated inversely with distance from fracking sites."
                                                                                             — Clark 2022