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…

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…

How Women’s Power Shifted an Entire Industry

by Cassidy Randall, Director of Outreach & Engagement, Women’s Voices for the Earth When Women’s Voices for the Earth launched our Safe Cleaning Products Initiative in 2007, no companies were listing ingredients in their cleaners. Not one of them. Not a single ingredient. And companies across industries—cleaning, personal care, feminine care, and beyond—routinely kept fragrance … Read more…

12k people say no to BPA

The Breast Cancer Fund’s Nancy Buermeyer delivered over 12,000 petition signatures to U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey, who sponsored legislation to ban BPA in food packaging. BPA is a toxic chemical used to harden plastics that is found in food and beverage cans, as well as dental fillings and register receipts. More than 300 laboratory … 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…

Groundbreaking Study to Investigate Why So Many Female Firefighters are Getting Breast Cancer

  (Guest blog by Silent Spring Institute Research Director Ruthann Rudel) Firefighters put their lives on the line to save people. What many people don’t know is that firefighters may also be facing risk from an entirely different source: the chemicals they encounter on the job. In San Francisco, which has many female firefighters, there … 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.”

5 tips to reduce your risk and protect the planet

Many of the things you can do to protect you and your family from toxic exposures are also good for the planet.

Are lipsticks dangerous? (CNN, 4/4/2014)

Sharima Rasanayagam This article, which was written by Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam, appears on CNN.com.  Every day millions of women apply lipstick without a second thought. What many don't know is that lipsticks may contain lead, the notorious metal that can cause learning, language and behavioral problems. Lead is a neurotoxin … Read more…