The release of our latest edition of State of the Evidence launched a month-long campaign to move the breast cancer conversation in October beyond awareness and to prevention. Through our online communities on Facebook and Twitter, we’re posting the latest themes in the emerging science linking breast cancer and exposures, tips for reducing your risk, action opportunities and things you can share with family and friends to spread the word. Here’s a roundup for week one of Breast Cancer Prevention Month:
One of the important themes from State of the Evidence explores the effect of chemicals at low doses. Growing evidence is finding that environmental toxicants, especially chemicals known as endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) that mimic hormones in the body, can have devastating effects at small levels. This is particularly a concern during gestation and early childhood when the body is developing. Learn more about low-dose exposures.
Many endocrine-disrupting chemicals, including bisphenol A (BPA), are found in our plastics, but there’s an easy way to help you identify what to avoid: just look for the recycling number on the bottom of plastic products. Check out our “What is the Connection Between Plastic and Breast Cancer” table in State of the Evidence to learn what the numbers represent.
To help you walk through the in-depth science, we’ve organized a series of Webinars. Sign up now to join the Breast Cancer Fund for our first State of the Evidence Webinar on October 20 to learn more about the environmental links to breast cancer, and what policy and personal changes can help reduce the risk.
This week we also launched a new video, Breast Cancer Prevention Starts with Us, to help tell the story of breast cancer prevention through the voices of supporters who, like almost all of us, have been touched by this disease. Please watch the video and share it with your loved ones.
Help us continue the momentum to move beyond awareness to prevention.