This past week, Michigan Radio's The Environment Report brought us a special series looking at the connections between cancer and the environment.
Producers looked at our current understanding of how the chemicals in our lives affect us, how neighbors in the White Lake area in West Michigan are mapping cancers, how some mothers in St. Clair County are asking why their children developed a rare type of cancer, how fights over potential carcinogens play out in court, and what scientists are doing to unlock the secrets of our genes.
They also collected stories of courage and warmth from those people affected by cancer around Michigan and posted their stories on a Tumblr page.
And finally, people were invited to ask questions in a "live-chat" with a noted expert on how some toxic substances might affect our health, Dr. Arnold Schecter of the University of Texas.
Here is a roundup of the stories produced for this series: