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…

Not Good Enough – Breast Cancer Fund Opposes Senate TSCA Bill

By Jeanne Rizzo, R.N., Nancy Buermeyer and Janet Nudelman After years of debate and negotiations, the United State Senate just passed legislation amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since the original bill became law in 1976. Unfortunately, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act does not … Read more…

Five products containing cancer chemicals in Walmart’s 2015 Sustainable Leaders Shop

Guest blog by Maija Witte, M.P.H When WalMart revealed that they were working with the Sustainability Consortium to develop a section on their website devoted to sustainable products called the Sustainable Leaders Shop, I was thrilled! It seemed that they were finally coming around to the idea that supporting sustainable products (both in an environmental … Read more…

Nola’s Story

In November of 2010, at the age of 35, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It had spread to my lymph nodes but thankfully not to the rest of my body. I endured five months of physically and mentally debilitating chemo, a mastectomy, and five weeks of daily radiation. All the while we taught my … Read more…

2015 To-do list: Change laws, shift markets. Check, check!

The Breast Cancer Fund’s single focus on preventing breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals is what sets us apart from any other breast cancer organization. Together, we have worked to protect those we care about from these dangerous exposures. After all, prevention starts with what we put on and into our bodies. … Read more…

Nontoxic holiday gift guide: Jess’s top 10 tips

‘Tis the season to give the gift of a healthier future and  Breast Cancer Fund Development Manager Jessica Smith is here to help with her top 10 holiday gift recommendations. She has put together a shopping guide to assist you in your hunt for those perfect nontoxic gifts from companies that care about breast cancer … Read more…

La Rhonda’s Story

At age 17, La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson came home from school one day to find her entire extended family gathered at her house. That’s strange, she thought. She knew that her mom had been sick, but she didn’t know it was cancer. Her mother died later that night. “I had a mother who put a lot … Read more…

Leading breast cancer journal article makes the case for prevention

Environmental exposures offer one of the greatest opportunities to reduce breast cancer risk, according to a recent article published in Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly, an interdisciplinary publication for medical professionals. While both scientific literature and mainstream media tend to focus breast cancer research and coverage on primary genetic mutations, these account for just … Read more…

How to find safe cosmetics: Tools and companies

Guest blog by Lauren Trambley, Breast Cancer Fund Intern After working for the Breast Cancer Fund and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics for a couple of months, the most common questions I get are: “Well, what is safe? What products can I substitute for my current ones?” While the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics provides scientific resources … Read more…

Breast Cancer Prevention Begins in the Womb

Guest blog by Ted Schettler, M.D., M.P.H. As breast cancer awareness month ends with its primary emphasis on early detection I’ve been more interested in what we’ve learned about opportunities for prevention. Amidst all the pink ribbons and disagreements about optimal mammography scheduling an important theme seems to be finally taking hold. Although opportunities abound … Read more…