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A new step was taken in the search for the causes Childhood cancer in the Pont-de-l’Arche region.
Thursday 9 June 2021in Igoville, the results of the hair tests carried out on eleven sick and healthy children in Pont-de-l’Arche last March were communicated first to the parents of sick children and then to all residents:
“Pollution is foreseen. Results show a rare earth and lead contamination profile »
A chronic and worrying high
“Of the eleven samples, ten show the presence of rare earths and nine the presence of lead,” explains Matthieu Davoli, pointing out “a chronic and worrying intoxication since lead is usually present in 30% of the analyzes and not in 90%, as is the case here, and we should not find rare earths”.
According to the various studies carried out, the presence of rare earths could be due to this electromagnetic fields. A source of pollution pointed out last April by the parents of sick children after the discovery of two relay antennas near the College of Pont-de-l’Arche.
As for lead, it is necessary on the part of the industries to look for a possible pollution.
What are rare earths?
The rare earths include 17 metals (scandium, yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, and lutetium). These mineral materials are used in the manufacture of high-tech products and in industry, but their extraction and processing requires many solvents and acids and produces toxic waste.
For parents of sick children who have been plagued by concerns since the discovery of an accumulation of childhood cancer in 2019, this is a first way out: “Finally things are moving forward! We are very happy with these results, we suspected they were not good and we had long suspected an environmental cause,” responds Coralie Jarguel, board member of the brand new federation. Cancer, the truth for our childrenfounded with Charlène Bachelet and Manuella Ferreira, three mothers of sick children.
These first analyzes were possible thanks to the financial support of the association Victims of Lubrizol whose President, Simon de Carvalho, was present in Igoville on Thursday evening.
“Thanks to our association, we can carry out new analyzes and apply for grants from the local authorities so that they can help us. ‘Cause now that we’ve started, we won’t let go”
As a reminder, parents of sick children wanted to set up an association after studies conducted by government agencies revealed “no common factor” in childhood cancer cases in the region.
Support elected officials
In the room, many mayors intervened to reaffirm their support for the families of sick children and their investment in finding the causes of childhood cancer. Richard Jacquet, the mayor of Pont-de-l’Arche, recalled “doing what was necessary to enable the free antenna to be moved next to the college”. Nathalie Breemeersch, the mayor of Igoville, is fighting a battle to prevent a relay antenna from being set up in her town. As for Arnaud Levitre, the mayor of Alizay – a city that is home to many industries and could be a source of pollution – assured him “to wage a civil struggle if industrial development leads to pollution”. As departmental advisor to the canton of Pont-de-l’Arche, he will pass on the results of the analyzes to the department at the next plenary session.
Expect new analyses
The members of the association Cancer, the truth for our childrenwill share the results of the hair test analyzes so that investigations on the side of electromagnetic fields and polluting industries can continue.
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