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Italy:Woman Dying of Stomach Cancer from Dioxin
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>Date: Tue, 8 Jul 1997 12:19:05 +0000
>Subject: Italy:Woman Dying of Stomach Cancer from Dioxin
>SEVESO: WOMAN DYING OF CANCER PRESENTS DRAMATIC CONCENTRATION
>OF DIOXIN IN HER STOMACH
>Rome (Italy), 8 July 1997 --- A woman who lived in the area
>contaminated by the ICMESA explosion in 1976 (in Seveso) has
>developed a form of stomach cancer, said Greenpeace today.
>According to several scientists (1), stomach tumors similar to
>the one found in the patient have been correlated with exposure
>to TCDD, the type of dioxin released at Seveso, also called
>Last February, Greenpeace was asked by the family of Linda L. ,
>aged 52, to conduct analysis on the patient, so to check the
>presence of dioxin in the body. Samples were taken of the
>stomach and the adjoining adipose tissue. The analysis revealed
>a dramatic concentration of TCDD, which accounts for 77.8% of
>total toxicity in the adipose tissue and 76.4% in the organ
>These data show that contamination is largely due to dioxin
>exposure at the 1976 accident. Dioxin, in particular 2,3,7,8
>TCDD, was labelled categorically a human carcinogen by the
>International Agency for Research on Cancer in March 1997.
>"For too long the chemical industry has denied the harmful
>effects of dioxins.", said Fabrizio Fabbri of Greenpeace
>"Nowhere has this travesty of bad science and injustice been
>more perpetrated than at Seveso."
>After the accident, the patient's family as well as other
>victims appeared as plaintiffs against the company responsible,
>but nobody has been compensated yet, except for a few
>individuals reimbursed for material damage.
>"It is time multinationals and uncaring politicians put an end
>to their irresponsible behaviour" said Fabbri. "We urge an
>immediate investigation into the political ineptitude
>surrounding these legal claims".
>Greenpeace asked quick compensation by Hoffman-La Roche, owner
>of the ICMESA plant, to the mother, her family and the rest of
>the community contaminated by the 1976 explosion. The
>environmental group also renewed its demand for further
>investigation on the residual dioxin-contamination of the area
>around the site of the accident (area B). end
>Fabrizio Fabbri, Greenpeace Italy, t.+39 330 92 43 73
> Luisa Colasimone, Greenpeace Communications, t. +31 20 52 49
>(1) * Manz A., Berger J., Dwyer J. H., Flesh-Janys, Nagel S.,
>Waltsgott H., 1991. Cancer mortality among workers in chemical
>plant contaminated with dioxin. The Lancet, 338: pp. 959-964.
> * Fingerhut M. A., Halperin W. E., Marlow D. A., Piacitelli L.
>A., Honghar P. A., Sweeney M. H., Greife A. L., Dill P. A.,
>Steenland K., Suruda A. J., 1991. Cancer mortality in workers
>exposed to 2, 3, 7, 8-tetrachlorodibenso-p-dioxin. The New
>England Journal of Medicine, 24 Jan. 1991, p. 212
>. * Kogevinas M., Saracci R., Winkelmann R.,
> Johnson E. S., Bertazzi P. A., Bueno de Mesquita B. H.,
>Kauppinen T., Littorin M., Lynge E., Neuberger M., Pearce N.,
>1993. Cancer incidence and mortality in women occupationally
>exposed to chlorophenoxy herbicides, chlorphenols, and dioxin.
>Cancer Causes and Control, 4: pp. 457-553.
> * Thiess A. M., Frentzel-Beyme R., Link R.,
> 1982. Mortality study of persons exposed to dioxin in a
> trichlorophenol-process accident that occurred in the BASF AG
>on 17 November 1953. American Journal of Industrial Medicine
>3 (2): pp. 173-189.