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…

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…

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…

Roundup: Flame Retardants Under Fire

It’s been quite a couple of years for toxic flame retardants, which are losing supporters left and right, as more and more people see these chemicals for what they often are: ineffective and detrimental to human health. Sen. Schumer introduces flame retardant bill In the latest flame retardant news, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled … 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…

Q&A: NIEHS scientists explain findings of breast cancer study

A recent study conducted by scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Science found that women who work with organic solvents had a greater risk for developing breast cancer. Researchers used data on women taking part in the Sister Study, which has followed more than 50,000 women whose sisters had breast cancer. Lead authors, Christine … Read more…