Breast Cancer

Websites

BreastCancer.org: Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer.

Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN): A national network of organizations and individuals, the CBCN is a national link between all groups and individuals concerned about breast cancer in Canada. Their site provides numerous links to information about all aspects of breast cancer. 

Breast Cancer Action: Is an advocacy organization, working to make changes in legislature as well as to empower others to create change by being informed. 

Susan Love, MD is a renowned physician in the field of breast cancer. This site combines the latest in information about the topic with special notices of the most current research. 

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered: A nonprofit organization for women who are at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers due to their family history and genetic status, and for members of families in which a BRCA mutation may be present.

Rethink Breast Cancer:  Their mission is to empower young people worldwide who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer.

Support groups

Hope and Cope: a volunteer support system for cancer patients and their families.

Cedars’s Can Support Cedars CanSupport provides free, humanitarian support to cancer patients and their families at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).

Canadian Cancer Society: Peer Support services.


Breast Cancer and the Environment

Websites

Breast Cancer Fund: TBCF believes that most breast cancer can be prevented, and has adopted the bold mission to eliminate the environmental causes of the disease. Through public education, policy initiatives, outdoor challenges and other innovative campaigns, TBCF mobilizes the public to secure the changes needed to stop this devastating epidemic. 

Breast Cancer and Asbestos Exposure: A website that provides free information and resources on the effects of asbestos exposure, specifically the correlation between exposure and the prevalence of certain types of cancer.

Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors: A resource that provides science-based information on the relationships between breast cancer and environmental risk factors, including pesticides and dietary factors. Its materials are developed for a diverse audience, including consumers, educators, public policy makers, scientists, media representatives. 

Environmental Risks and Breast Cancer (Vassar College): Explores how common chemicals may affect risk factors for breast cancer—and that the timing of exposure is also important, according to growing scientific evidence. 

Harmful substances and environmental risks: The Canadian Cancer Society website link that discusses pesticides, the risks they have for human health, and makes suggestions for everyday alternatives to their use. 

Prevent Cancer Now: Intended to build and sustain a Canada-wide movement that generates both the resolve and action required to eliminate preventable causes of cancer. 

Silent Spring Institute: Researching the environment and women’s health 

Prevention is the Cure: a UK working group.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance (CBCRA-ACRCS): a unique repository of peer-reviewed literature on breast cancer research, research supported by CBCRA.

Living Downstream: Information about Sandra Steingraber's work, her books, media clips, speeches and a good list of links to activist organizations, information sources, publications. 

Articles/publications

State of the Evidence: A publication of the Breast Cancer Fund, exposing the links between breast cancer and the environment.


Environmental Health

Websites

The Environmental Health Association of Québec (ASEQ-EHAQ): ASEQ-EHAQ is a group that has been built and run by volunteers who strongly believe in the necessity for change with regards to environmental sensitivities (ES).

Canadian Network for Human Health and the Environment: CNHHE/RCSHE is a Canadian-based network of non-governmental, research, health professional and policy organizations focusing on human health and the impacts of environmental exposures. 

Hazardchecka Health Canada Environmental Health Guide: The guide provides general advice to Canadians on simple actions that they can take to reduce exposure to a number of environmental health risks that may be present inside their homes. 

Clean Production Action : A nonprofit organization that promotes the use of products that are safer and cleaner across their life cycle for consumers, workers and communities. Our mission is the societal realization of Clean Production and Sustainable Consumption. 

Health Care Without Harm: An international coalition working to transform the health care industry so it is no longer a source of harm to people and the environment, focusing on mercury, PVC & DEHP, medical waste, healthy buildings, pesticides and cleaners, and green purchasing. Useful information and links to related sites. 

Science and Environmental Health Network: a network and a think tank, SEHN “advocates the wise application of science to protecting the environment and public health”. Links to like-minded organizations and documents on relevant topics such as the Precautionary Principle. 

The Environmental Working Group : a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. 

Environmental Defence : A Canadian environmental action organization who challenges and inspires change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

The Health and Environment Alliance is a network of groups representing citizens, patients, women, health professionals and environmental organizations across Europe and the world.

Pesticide Action Network: works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society.


Safe Cosmetics

Websites

Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia’s Guide to Less Toxic Products: A guide that helps identify less toxic alternatives for personal care, household cleaning, baby care, and household pest control.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: A coalition effort launched in 2004 to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products. 

Environmental Defence has a new information page about cosmetics and personal care product regulation in Canada. 

Women's Environmental Network: highlights the thousands of potentially harmful chemicals used in skincare products and toiletries, generates many enquiries from those seeking out alternative products.


Health and Women’s Health

Websites

Women’s Healthy Environments Network: WHEN actively promotes the primary prevention of environmentally linked health problems such as cancer, asthma, immune system related conditions and others by advocating the reduction of toxic emissions; a shift to safe production models, biological agriculture and lawn care; more efficient, renewable energy sources; affordable public transportation; and more. 

Imaginis.com: A comprehensive resource for women and physicians on various aspects of breast cancer and other women’s health issues put together by an “independent team of health care specialists to ensure that it is up to date and accurate.” 

The Canadian Women’s Health Network: Archive of thousands of resources, organizations, and research projects on a variety of women’s health topics. 

Council of Canadians: The Council of Canadians campaigns to strengthen public health care and stop privatization.

The Cochrane Library: Canadians are one click away from the best available evidence on which health treatments work, which ones don’t, and which may cause harm.

Public Health Agency of Canada : A health government site. 

In French only

Passeport Santé : This website provides reliable, objective and independent information about health prevention. 

Le Réseau des femmes en environnement : The Réseau des femmes en environnement promotes innovated actions and offers women a common space to speech out for their health and the environment. 

Le Réseau québécois d’action pour la santé des femmes (RQASF) : A network that promotes women’s health and rights.