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…

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…

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…

Media Roundup: Calif. takes on controversial flame retardant chemical (3/13/14-3/14/14)

Solidifying its national leadership to halt the use of a highly toxic flame retardant chemical linked to cancer and other serious health effects, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration issued new rules requiring the evaluation of the safety of TDCPP (chlorinated Tris) and its alternatives used in children’s sleep products sold in the state of California. As … Read more…

How looking for cancer’s causes became a political act (Grist, 1/21/14)

Our fearless leader Jeanne Rizzo was featured in a Grist Q&A about her unusual path to leading the Breast Cancer Fund, the challenges facing a prevention-focused organization in an early detection/treatment-centered breast cancer movement and more. "Q. You ran the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and worked as a music and film producer. … Read more…

California’s safe cosmetics database officially online, but it’s still the wild west

Last week, the California Safe Cosmetics Program launched a new website and searchable database that documents the presence of ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm in cosmetics and personal care products sold in California. Mandated by the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005 (championed by the Breast Cancer Fund), … Read more…

5 ‘Beyond the Pink’ Facts about Breast Cancer (The Daily Green, 10/1/2013)

October has been so well-branded as Breast Cancer Awareness Month that pink has all but replaced Autumn’s reds and golds as the color most associated with the month…

California bill would warn pregnant women about prenatal chemical exposures

When I was pregnant with my daughter three years ago, no one in my doctor’s office mentioned anything about the potential risks associated with chemical exposures, nor did they mention anything about the steps I could take to avoid these exposures.

American Chemistry Council blocks state scientists from doing their jobs

Just as BPA disrupts our hormones, Big Chem is doing everything it can to disrupt the democratic process, using its money, power and influence to block government action that would protect pregnant women and children. On Friday, shortly after California’s Environmental Protection Agency had announced its decision to add BPA to its list of Prop … Read more…

California says BPA is toxic, France warns pregnant women

Two strikes against BPA this week: California’s Prop 65 and French report advising pregnant women to avoid exposure to the chemical.