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The Elusive Causes of Childhood Cancer

Science  03 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5446, pp. 1833
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5446.1833

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Researchers who probe whether environmental hazards cause cancer in children have an advantage over colleagues who study adults: It should be simpler to track what children have been exposed to in their brief lifetimes than to sift through decades of exposures. But making an unequivocal connection between tumor and toxicant has proved to be anything but easy.