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…

Top Tips for National Nutrition Month

It’s National Nutrition Month, which is focused on the importance of making informed food choices.  One way to stay healthy and informed is by avoiding exposures to toxic chemicals in food. Here are our top 8 food-related tips: 1. Eat Your Veggies, but Kick the Can We all know vegetables are great for us, but … 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…

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…

Ready for a challenge in 2015?

In October, Carol Porter decided to take on one of the biggest challenges of her life: hiking the Cactus to Clouds trail in Southern California. The trail is strenuous, climbing over 10,000 feet in the steepest elevation gain of any hike in the United States.  Starting at the desert floor in Palm Springs, it climbs high into … 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…

The Count– 324 days into this mess by Nola Agha

This story appeared in The Day My Nipple Fell Off and Other Stories of Survival, Solidarity, and Sass: A BAYS Anthology. You can order a copy on Amazon. The count – 324 days into this mess by Nola Agha 1 mutated gene 1 breast removed 1 time I fainted 2 times I almost fainted 2 … 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…