New study stokes debate about early-stage breast cancer treatments, shines light on need for primary prevention

  By Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D. A new study, published in JAMA Oncology, found that aggressive treatments (surgery followed by radiation therapy) of ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, did not lead to a reduction in death. While the study sparks questions about how DCIS should be classified and treated, … Read more…

5 tips to reduce your risk and protect the planet

Happy Earth Day! When we make protecting Mother Earth from toxic chemicals a priority, we are also prioritizing prevention of breast cancer and numerous other health issues. Here are our top five tips to protect people and planet: 1. Find safe ways to fight germs. These days it seems like everything claims to be antibacterial—soaps, … Read more…

6 things you can do to prevent breast cancer in 2015

The breast cancer movement has accomplished some remarkable things in recent years: breast cancer awareness is everywhere, we’re detecting it earlier than ever, and more women have access to quality care. So what’s next? It’s time to #RethinkThePink and turn our efforts toward prevention. Here are six things you can do to prevent breast cancer … Read more…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Q&A: Anandi Worden, Bay Area Young Survivors

Anandi Worden, a member of Bay Area Young Survivors, spoke with the Breast Cancer Fund about her thoughts on the environmental causes of the disease and the need for prevention. Q: What’s your take on the environmental causes of breast cancer-in particular toxic chemicals and radiation? I think environmental factors are what’s happening and what … Read more…