Drum Roll, Please: No Estrogenic Activity Found in Tests of New Replacement for BPA in Food Can Linings

by Janet Nudelman, MA and Sharima Rasanayagam, PhD THE GIST What is the problem? Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disrupting chemical used in the lining of many food and beverage cans. Studies have shown that BPA can leach from the lining of cans into the food and then into people. Growing consumer concern over … Read more…

What’s Hiding in Kids’ Face Paints and Makeup?

We sent face paints and kids’ cosmetics to the lab to find out what might be lurking in these products. After extensive label reading, we tested 48 Halloween products for the presence of heavy metals and 65 kids’ makeup products—collected by 14 partners across the country—for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). We found the widespread presence … Read more…

Scary Secrets: What’s Hiding Inside Your Kids’ Makeup?

Earlier this month, colleagues from around the country scoured toy aisles across the country for kids’ products containing fragrance or ingredients made with the chemical styrene (see table below). Now, the 51 products they purchased are at an independent, certified laboratory to be tested for volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). We’ve also sent more than 14 … Read more…

Beyond the Label Bewitching: Kids’ Makeup Exposed

In 2009, we sent 10 Halloween makeup kits to a lab to test for heavy metals. We suspected these products could contain heavy metals due to the substantial pigmentation in the products. Very sensitive tests revealed low levels of lead in 100 percent of the products. Further, half of the products contained chromium, four contained … Read more…

2015 To-do list: Change laws, shift markets. Check, check!

The Breast Cancer Fund’s single focus on preventing breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals is what sets us apart from any other breast cancer organization. Together, we have worked to protect those we care about from these dangerous exposures. After all, prevention starts with what we put on and into our bodies. … Read more…

Leading breast cancer journal article makes the case for prevention

Environmental exposures offer one of the greatest opportunities to reduce breast cancer risk, according to a recent article published in Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly, an interdisciplinary publication for medical professionals. While both scientific literature and mainstream media tend to focus breast cancer research and coverage on primary genetic mutations, these account for just … Read more…

Breast Cancer Prevention Begins in the Womb

Guest blog by Ted Schettler, M.D., M.P.H. As breast cancer awareness month ends with its primary emphasis on early detection I’ve been more interested in what we’ve learned about opportunities for prevention. Amidst all the pink ribbons and disagreements about optimal mammography scheduling an important theme seems to be finally taking hold. Although opportunities abound … Read more…

Five facts about the drop in Marin County breast cancer rates

By Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D., Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Non-Hispanic white women in Marin County once had among the highest breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in the world. In 2001, there were 188 cases per 100,000 women. Recently, breast cancer rates plummeted, bringing Marin County on par with the California average. Since 2001, … Read more…

#RethinkThePink: Top 5 Beauty Tips for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Beauty can be expensive, but should it cost you your health? Unfortunately, many of the beauty products we slather on our faces, swab on our eyes and paint on our lips contain toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer. Some of the companies that sell these products even have the audacity to slap a pink ribbon … Read more…

Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Elected Chair of the California Breast Cancer Research Program Council

Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D., the director of science at the Breast Cancer Fund, has been elected chair of the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) Council, and begins her one-year term on September 1. For nearly a decade, the Breast Cancer Fund has played a leadership role in CBCRP, which is the largest state-funded breast cancer … Read more…