American Medical Women’s Association speaks out about endocrine disruption and breast cancer risk

In a recent joint statement with the Breast Cancer Fund, the American Medical Women’s Association called for a reduction of exposures to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and urged physicians and healthcare providers to educate the public and their own patients about ways to avoid chemicals linked to endocrine disruption. They’re not the first professional medical association to … 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…

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…

Gov. Brown Signs Flame Retardant Labeling Bill into Law

California consumers will soon have the power to make informed decisions about whether or not to buy furniture containing toxic and ineffective flame retardant chemicals. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1019, authored by Senator Mark Leno, which requires disclosure of the use or absence of flame retardant chemicals on existing furniture labels. “This … Read more…

Top 10 tips to prevent breast cancer

Welcome to Breast Cancer Awareness month, when pink ribbons cover everything from toxic cosmetics to BPA-lined food cans, urging us to be aware of breast cancer. But when 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease, how much more awareness do we need? The Breast Cancer Fund is working to shift the conversation … Read more…

The right to know about fracking chemicals

Watch our Fracking Web Chat with the amazing Sandra Steingraber as part of our Prevention Speaks series.  Sandra has written three critically acclaimed books exploring the connections between health and the environment: Living Downstream, Keeping Faith and Raising Elijah. For the past several years, she has been on the frontlines of the movement oppose fracking due … Read more…

Why we should be optimistic (guest blog by the co-author of “Toxin Toxout”)

“Because of the perseverance of the Breast Cancer Fund and others, over the past year major companies like Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Avon and Walmart have all announced that they are moving to eliminate toxic chemicals from their products and their inventories.”

FDA Jumps the Gun on Bisphenol A and Undermines Ongoing Safety Research

Guest post by Maricel V. Maffini, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council At low doses the FDA says bisphenol A, the substance used in cans, plastics and dental fillings, is safe. But, the agency is in the midst of a multimillion dollar study examining the safety of this synthetic estrogen. Haven’t they jumped the gun?  … Read more…

Roundup: Flame retardants under fire

Firefighters and advocates take a stand to give toxics the boot.

Should I Drink Potentially Toxic Water? WV Gov. Says, “It’s Your Decision” (Huffington Post, 1/28/14)

Photo of Charleston skyline by Tim Kiser Following a disastrous chemical spill in West Virginia, the state's governor, Earl Ray Tomblin told people they could make their own decision as to whether or not they would like to use the water. And in her latest Huffington Post piece Breast Cancer Fund President and CEO Jeanne … Read more…