people use home filtering devices to decrease exposure to cancer-causing agents.
“This reaffirms what independent testing shows,” said Peter J. Censky, executive director of
the Water Quality Association. “Home water treatment is a proven final barrier against many
The report is entitled “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risks: What We Can Do Now.” In
it, the panel states, “Individuals and families have many opportunities to reduce or eliminate
chemical exposures. For example, filtering home tap water or well water can decrease exposure
to numerous known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals.”
The President’s Cancer Panel is a three-person body that reports to the President of the United
States on the development and execution of the National Cancer Program. Members serve threeyear terms, and at least two of the three panel members must be distinguished scientists or
physicians. The President appoints one of the members to a one-year chair position.
In addition to cancer-causing agents, water quality experts are examining other emerging
contaminants, such as those found in personal care products and pesticides. Many of these are
endocrine disrupting chemicals which interfere with normal hormonal function. WQA provides
Gold Seal certification for products that remove a variety of contaminants.
Consumers can learn about different treatment systems by contacting Culligan. A copy of the panel’s report
can be obtained at pcp.cancer.gov.
Culligan offers Free In-Home Water Testing and Lab Analysis on your water.