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Up-to-date science on breast cancer & chemicals

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Every October, The Breast Cancer Fund updates State of the Evidence. The report examines the latest on what scientists know about the links between chemicals in the environment and breast cancer. The 2010 edition is chock full of information on how pesticides and other chemicals (in food packaging, cosmetics, health care products, household cleaners and more) are contributing to our breast cancer epidemic.

The report recommends we limit our exposure whenever we can. That we choose local, organic foods that reduce chemical intake and are safer for farm families and farm workers on the frontline. And it calls for strong new policies to reduce exposure to cancer causing chemicals across the board.

Good stuff. Following recommendations like these will take us much further than pink ribbons ever could.

Kristin Schafer
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donlouis /
This is such an important subject. Many women do not know that they can minimize their odds of getting cancer by simple actions that will reduce their exposure to carcinogenic chemicals in their environment. A recent report, “Everyday Exposures and Breast Cancer” from the Silent Spring Institute, makes a strong case for the linkage between breast cancer and toxics in the environment. They state that 216 chemicals have been found to cause mammary gland tumors in animals. Of these, people are commonly exposed to about 100 of these chemicals. In a scientific review of new evidence regarding causes of cancer, scientists at the University of Massachusetts concluded that there is mounting evidence that links cancers with exposures to toxins in our workplaces and general environment, and these toxins contributed to the nearly one and a half million new cases of cancer in the U.S. in 2007. Their report states that breast cancer was linked to exposure to DDT prior to puberty. Don Hoernschemeyer {www.toxicfreehealth.net}
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Kristin Schafer /
Thanks so much for sharing these great resources Don! The evidence just keeps rolling in. As you say, important that women are aware of simple things they can do to reduce their own exposure to chemicals that cause cancer. But the next - and harder - step is getting them off the shelves, out of the fields, off our food and out of our products. This means making cancer prevention a common goal of our society, rather than an individual's personal responsibility. Onward!!
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Kristin Schafer was PAN's Executive Director until early 2022. With training in international policy and social change strategies, Kristin was at PAN for over 25 years. Before taking on the Executive Director role in 2017, she was PAN's program and policy director. She was lead author on several PAN reports, with a particular emphasis on children's health. She continues to serve on the Policy Committee of the Children's Environmental Health Network. Follow @KristinAtPAN