Synthetic Turf Fields, Crumb Rubber, and Concerns about Cancer

May 25, 2016, Archie Bleyer, MD* — Oregon Health and Science University

Dr. Archie Bleyer, former decade-long chair of the Children’s Cancer Group, then the world’s largest pediatric cancer research organization, has analyzed the debate around recycled rubber and potential health effects and posted a detailed analysis online. He concluded the following:

“… we naturally have a need to find something to blame but it’s not the crumb rubber or anything else in synthetic turf that caused the cancers. On the contrary, physical activity should be encouraged and promoted by year round, weather-resistant fields to help prevent cancer and other chronic diseases. Limiting field development could in the long run actually increase cancer incidence.”

Read the full analysis here: Bleyer Letter

*Dr. Bleyer is Clinical Research Professor in Radiation Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University, and founding member of the Critical Mass Young Adult Cancer Alliance and founder of DEFEATcancer. Dr. Bleyer chaired the Children’s Cancer Group for 10 years, then the world’s largest pediatric cancer research organization, the Department and Division of Pediatrics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Community Oncology in the Department and Division of Medicine at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.