Storify: Chemicals linked to cancer don’t belong in L’Oreal cosmetics

After more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling on L’Oreal to make safer products, the company responded with charges of a “misinformation campaign.” The Breast Cancer Fund and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D countered: “The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics stands on very firm ground regarding its identification of chemicals … Read more…

American Public Health Association calls on Surgeon General to protect women workers from chemicals linked to breast cancer

In a new policy statement, the American Public Health Association (APHA) is calling on the U.S. Surgeon General to take steps to protect women workers who are exposed to toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer on the job. The APHA explains that environmental chemicals in workplaces play a significant role in breast cancer causation, and … Read more…

Cancer, Stem Cells, and Bad Luck

Guest post by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH The new year got off to a fast start in cancer-related research with a paper published in the January 2nd issue of the prestigious journal Science titled “Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell divisions”, co-authored by C. Tomasetti and … Read more…

Q&A: Investigative reporter unearths petrochemical industry’s dirty secrets

The Breast Cancer Fund recently spoke with Center for Public Integrity Reporter Kristen Lombardi, whose recent exposé, Benzene and worker cancers: ‘An American tragedy’ focused on the petrochemical industry’s efforts to counteract damning science on the carcinogen benzene. BCF: How did you get interested in this issue? Lombardi: I’m on the environment team at the … Read more…

Team will embark on Himalayan adventure to honor loved ones

La Dawn Beardsley learned about the Breast Cancer Fund in 1999 when her mom was finishing treatment for stage III breast cancer. Her mom lived in Seattle, but loved spending time with her daughter in the Colorado mountains. They looked into visiting a small, quiet mountain town called Crested Butte for a weekend getaway and … Read more…

Ready for a challenge in 2015?

In October, Carol Porter decided to take on one of the biggest challenges of her life: hiking the Cactus to Clouds trail in Southern California. The trail is strenuous, climbing over 10,000 feet in the steepest elevation gain of any hike in the United States.  Starting at the desert floor in Palm Springs, it climbs high into … Read more…

Honoring the Legacy of Theo Colborn

by Breast Cancer Fund President and CEO Jeanne Rizzo When I first got involved with the Breast Cancer Fund in the late 90’s, our organization’s founder, Andrea Martin had a dog-eared copy of Our Stolen Future and told me to read it. Andrea had begun to amass file boxes of research papers and commentary on … Read more…

Five facts about cancer-causing chemicals in L’Oreal products

Our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found seven chemicals linked to cancer in L’Oreal products including benzophenone-1; titanium dioxide; and four formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. In addition, the Campaign found four ingredients that were possibly contaminated with the known cancer-causing chemicals PFOA, acrylamide and asbestiform fibers. The Campaign found these chemicals in: shampoos , nail polishes, eye liners, … Read more…

Are food additives messing with your hormones?

Guest post by Maricel Maffini, Ph.D As the season of eating approaches, it’s a great opportunity to talk about chemicals in food. Although there are some familiar names such as bisphenol A (BPA), we don’t often hear about food additives and their association with breast health or disease. But before I dig in, there are … Read more…

Study could reduce firefighter exposures to toxic chemicals

Being a firefighter has always required bravery and fire safety smarts. But fighting fires in today’s modern buildings, which are filled with chemicals, has increased the health risks to firefighters exponentially. Essentially, the chemical industry has made firefighters’ work environment even more dangerous and unsafe than it was 40 years ago. For decades, pounds of … Read more…