Breast Cancer and the Environment
Allergy and Environmental Health Association of Quebec: Knowledge, attitude and behaviour change among parents, caregivers, service providers and decision-makers can significantly reduce children’s exposure to toxic substances.
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.
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.
Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring Trust: Protecting humans and wildlife from harmful chemicals
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.
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.
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.
International Conference on Fetal Programming and Developmental Toxicity: Conference highlighted new insights into the effects of prenatal and early postnatal exposure to toxicants, and their sustained effects on individuals throughout their lifespan. The Conference brought together, for the first time, key researchers to focus on human data and translation of laboratory results to elucidate the environmental risks to human health.
Pesticides and Your Health: What You Can Do: 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.
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.
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.
Silent Spring Institute: Researching the environment and women’s health
State of the Evidence: A publication of the breast cancer fund, exposing the links between breast cancer and the environment.
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.
Breast Cancer and Environmental Advocacy, Education & Information
Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR): a comprehensive site of scientific information on cancers, including definitions, treatment options, clinical trials, publications etc.
Breast Cancer Action San Francisco: Is an advocacy organization, working to make changes in legislature as well as to empower others to create change by being informed.
Bulletin of the Canadian Network for Human Health and the Environment: The Canadian Network for Human Health and the Environment covers broad human health-related environmental issues relating to air, water, soil, food, climate change and consumer products.
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.
Canadian Network for Human Health and the Environment: This is a Canadian-based network of non-governmental, research, health professional and policy organizations focusing on human health and the impacts of environmental exposures.
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. .
Hazardcheck, a 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.
The Health and Environment Alliance is a network of groups representing citizens, patients, women, health professionals and environmental organizations across Europe and the world.
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.”
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.
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.
Prevention is the Cure, a UK working group
Women's Environmental Network’s Ending the Cosmetics Cover Up campaign, highlights the thousands of potentially harmful chemicals used in skincare products and toiletries, generates many enquiries from those seeking out alternative products.
The Young Survival Coalition: An international, non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to “action, advocacy, awareness” on issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer.
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.
Alternative/Complementary Cancer Therapies
The Annie Appleseed Project (a nonprofit corporation in Florida) acts to inform, educate, advocate and raise awareness for people with cancer, family and friends interested in, or using alternative/complementary cancer therapies (CAM).
Breast Cancer Research
The Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance (CBCRA): the primary funder of breast cancer research in Canada with major financial commitments from the Avon Flame Foundation, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Canadian Breast Cancer Network, Canadian Cancer Society, Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Cancer Institute of Canada.
Breast Cancer Stats
Health Canada Breast Cancer Site Online (BILINGUAL): a factual site with information on breast cancer in Canada, research, clinical practice guidelines, publications, and links to organizations across Canada.
Cancer Support Groups
Hope and Cope: a volunteer support system for cancer patients and their families.
The Canadian Women’s Health Network: thousands of resources, organizations, and research projects on a variety of women’s health topics.
South Asian Women’s Community Centre's Project Éco-santé tous ensemble explores the links between women’s heart, breathing, and mental health and their environments through a photo-video and a graphic booklet available in 10 languages
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.
McGill Life Sciences Library: Fosters excellence in life sciences education, research and service by providing access to knowledge based health care information…
America's Children and the Environment - brings together, in one place, quantitative information from a variety of sources to show trends in levels of environmental contaminants in air, water, food, and soil; concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies of mothers and children; and childhood diseases that may be influenced by environmental factors.