A Post-Election, Pre-Thanksgiving Message from Jeanne

For all Americans, and I dare say the world, the November 8th presidential election in this country casts a shadow or a light on this traditional American holiday when we are called to give thanks. I’m writing today with gratitude for the determination of our dedicated staff and all who support us as we navigate … 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…

How beauty products got safer over the past decade

Since 2004, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has used smarts and sass to pressure the cosmetics industry to make safer products. A project of the Breast Cancer Fund, the Campaign works to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment through public education and engagement, corporate accountability and sustainability campaigns and legislative advocacy designed to eliminate … Read more…

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…

San Francisco Chronicle: Senate bill goes wrong way on toxic-chemical rules

The San Francisco Chronicle editors are weighing in on the Toxic Substances Control Act in an editorial published April 27, 2015. They’re coming out swinging on the right side of history– that is, in opposition to the industry-sponsored Udall-Vitter bill, and in support of the Boxer-Markey bill, which offers up REAL reform of TSCA. Full … Read more…

Could 2015 be the year of a new & improved chemical safety law?

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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…

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…

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…