#RethinkThe Pink: Top 5 Food Tips for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We are what we eat – but that isn’t always a good thing. By reducing our exposure to toxic chemicals in our food, we reduce our risk of disease. Choose organic fruits and veggies—avoid pesticides Pesticides are formulated with the intent of destroying pests—it’s no wonder that they’re harmful to our health as well. Studies … 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…

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…

Big Chem’s lock on FDA over darling hormone disruptor, BPA

The FDA announced in December that bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used to make plastics hard and to line cans, was safe for humans at current levels found in food. The safety assessment was based on the FDA’s four-year review of 300 BPA studies, including those done both by independent academic scientists and industry scientists. … Read more…

American Public Health Association calls on Surgeon General to protect women workers from chemicals linked to breast cancer

In a new policy statement, the American Public Health Association (APHA) is calling on the U.S. Surgeon General to take steps to protect women workers who are exposed to toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer on the job. The APHA explains that environmental chemicals in workplaces play a significant role in breast cancer causation, and … Read more…

Team will embark on Himalayan adventure to honor loved ones

La Dawn Beardsley learned about the Breast Cancer Fund in 1999 when her mom was finishing treatment for stage III breast cancer. Her mom lived in Seattle, but loved spending time with her daughter in the Colorado mountains. They looked into visiting a small, quiet mountain town called Crested Butte for a weekend getaway and … 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…

Media Roundup: Fracking for the Cure (10/8/14-10/12/14)

October’s pink ribbon frenzy reached rock bottom last week when Susan G. Komen teamed up with fracking company Baker Hughes to make pink fracking drill bits. It’ll get even dicier next week when the Houston-based company hands Komen founder Nancy Brinker a $100,000 check at Pittsburgh’s Heinz field before the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Indianapolis … Read more…

Gov. Brown Signs Flame Retardant Labeling Bill into Law

California consumers will soon have the power to make informed decisions about whether or not to buy furniture containing toxic and ineffective flame retardant chemicals. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1019, authored by Senator Mark Leno, which requires disclosure of the use or absence of flame retardant chemicals on existing furniture labels. “This … Read more…