Argumentative Essay on Pollution

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Pollution

Pollution has become a major issue over the years because it contaminates the Earth's
environment and affects human health. While some environmental pollution is a result of
natural causes such as volcanic eruptions, most is caused by human activities. The
increase of various types of pollution has made cancer pollutant more prevalent among the
people, raising the risk of getting cancer. After being exposed to theses pollutants, the
effects may be immediate or delayed. Some of the delayed effects, due to the exposure, can
go unnoticed for many years. Another major issue that pollution creates is the tremendous
cost for preventing and cleaning it up. However, we can not regulate the pollutants to the
extent where there are no more possible threats. The most we can do is to minimize the
effects of the potential risks, which we may encounter as a society. We can approach this
matter by conducting different types of test from animal studies and epidemiological
studies.

To regulate pollution, we first have to have an idea of what type of effects it will have
on the general population and then determine the acceptable amount of exposure level.
Since the specific risk here is that the individual will get cancer, after being exposed
to a pollutant, possibly leading to their death, we have to consider a few factors such as
age, sex, and their health status. Depending on how old the person is, if they are
relatively young then he or she may not be affected by the pollutant because their immune
system can probably fight off the pathogens. Gender can also make a difference, since
males and females have different biological anatomies, thus the pollutant may be resistant
to females but not the males or vice versa. Finally, the health status of a person also
has to be considered. If a person is healthy and fit then maybe age might not matter and
it will decrease their potential threat from the pollutant. After all of these factors are
taken into account we have to regulate the carcinogenic pollutant and determine an
acceptable level of risk. To determine what the effects are after an individual has been
exposed to this pollutant and gets cancer, we can perform animals or epidemiological
studies. Even though the animal studies will not be deterministic since we are not using
human subjects to collect the data, it will give us an idea on how another living organism
is affected. Another study we can conduct is the epidemiological analysis. This is the
study of short and long term effects of a pollutant in a particular population.

One possible way to control the carcinogenic pollutant is to get a bill passed by
Congress, which makes it mandatory for industrial places to reduce the amount of pollution
they create. By reducing the amount of pollution production, the exposure level of the
carcinogenic pollutant will decrease. This law enforces the industrial companies to
establish new methods and strategies to create their products with less pollution
distribution in the end. As another preventive measure, there are products available to
the population that contains carcinogenic elements that can be taken off the market until
they are redesigned and approved by the government. One last effort to regulate the cancer
pollutant is to increase the funds for research so that we can have a better understanding
of cancer and how to cure it. Consequently, we can create better drugs available to the
population, which can decrease the chances of people, with cancer, from dying.
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