Agency ABCs is a recurring column on government agencies and the resources they offer pediatricians and their patients.

In the past two decades, childhood cancer has steadily increased and the asthma rate in children under age 5 has increased 160 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These trends have been at least partially attributed to environmental factors. The EPA, through its Office of Children's Health Protection (OCHP), works to educate the public and implement programs to eradicate environmental threats to children's health.

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