Report faults priorities in studying breast cancer (New York Times, 2/12/2013)

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The New York Times spoke with Breast Cancer Fund President and CEO Jeanne Rizzo about yesterday's groundbreaking report, "Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention." Jeanne served as co-chair of the federal advisory committee that produced the report.

Jeanne Rizzo, another member of the committee and a member of the Breast Cancer Fund, an advocacy group, said there was an urgent need to study and regulate chemical exposures and inform the public about potential risks. "We’re extending life with breast cancer, making it a chronic disease, but we’re not preventing it," she said.

"We have to look at early life exposures, in utero, childhood, puberty, pregnancy and lactation," Ms. Rizzo said. "Those are the periods when you get set up for breast cancer. How does a pregnant woman protect her child? How do we create policy so that she doesn't have to be a toxicologist when she goes shopping?" (Read complete article.)

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