A Post-Election, Pre-Thanksgiving Message from Jeanne

For all Americans, and I dare say the world, the November 8th presidential election in this country casts a shadow or a light on this traditional American holiday when we are called to give thanks. I’m writing today with gratitude for the determination of our dedicated staff and all who support us as we navigate … Read more…

October Shopping Guide: Safe & Transparent

Welcome friends, to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when pink ribbons cover everything from toxic cosmetics to BPA-lined food cans, urging us to be aware of breast cancer. When 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease, how much more awareness do we need? The Breast Cancer Fund is working to shift the conversation from … Read more…

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…

Beyond the Label Bewitching: Kids’ Makeup Exposed

In 2009, we sent 10 Halloween makeup kits to a lab to test for heavy metals. We suspected these products could contain heavy metals due to the substantial pigmentation in the products. Very sensitive tests revealed low levels of lead in 100 percent of the products. Further, half of the products contained chromium, four contained … 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…

Media Roundup: The High Price of Pretty Nails

A New York Times investigation released on Thursday, May 7, which uncovered  the horrendous conditions nail salon workers face on the job, led to a maelstrom of buzz and debates about worker rights and toxic exposures. The exposé revealed that salon workers are not only grossly underpaid and mistreated, but they are being poisoned by the … Read more…

Lani Luthard, advocate for prevention, dies at age 51

Lani Luthard, mother, wife, daughter, and strong advocate of breast cancer prevention, died on Thurs., Feb. 5 in San Jose, Calif. She was 51. After she was diagnosed at 40 with breast cancer, Lani was told by Stanford doctors that she only had a couple of years to live. She sought to change her life to … Read more…

Honoring the Legacy of Theo Colborn

by Breast Cancer Fund President and CEO Jeanne Rizzo When I first got involved with the Breast Cancer Fund in the late 90’s, our organization’s founder, Andrea Martin had a dog-eared copy of Our Stolen Future and told me to read it. Andrea had begun to amass file boxes of research papers and commentary on … 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…

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…