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On the next few Fridays (and perhaps beyond), Breast Cancer FundJanet_Gray_120 Science Advisor Janet Gray, Ph.D., of Vassar College, will lend her scientific expertise in environmental health to answering burning questions around the link between breast cancer and environmental exposures.

Question from Norma, Texas:
All I read about not using personal care products or cleaning products with toxic chemicals seems overwhelming. It makes me want to throw my hands up in the air! Where would you suggest I start?

Dear Norma,
This information can seem overwhelming because chemicals are so pervasive in our surroundings, but by making changes where you can – and being aware of what you’re putting in and on your body – you can reduce your risk and the risk for future generations.  

To introduce and raise awareness around the environmental causes of breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Fund and LUNA launched the Pure Prevention campaign, which provides easy, everyday tips to help individuals reduce their exposure to chemicals linked to the disease. The tips for prevention focus on reducing exposure to common risks found in our homes (plastics, household cleaners and insecticides), on our foods (pesticides and hormones), and in our personal care products. It also provides recommendations for how to choose – or create – safer alternatives, as well as how to learn more and take action through the Breast Cancer Fund to eliminate these environmental causes through smart public policies and regulations.

In collaboration with faculty, students and technical professionals at Vassar College, we’ve also created the Environmental Risks and Breast Cancer project, a multimedia Web site to encourage people to learn more about common exposures found both inside and outside the home and make informed choices to reduce your risk.

The Breast Cancer Fund works to aggregate the in-depth science linking environmental exposures and breast cancer and to mobilize the public in support of policy initiatives, corporate accountability campaigns and other innovative programs that promote breast cancer prevention. To learn more about the science, look to the Breast Cancer Fund’s State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment, a comprehensive report of the scientific evidence on chemicals and radiation linked to breast cancer. The scientific evidence provides the basis to move toward research and public policy changes necessary to stop breast cancer before it starts.

And, don’t forget to check out my 20 Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention on The Daily Green! 

Have questions about breast cancer and environmental exposures? Ask Janet! askjanet@breastcancerfund.org.

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