Webinar: New Report on Breast Cancer and the Environment
By Rachel Walden — January 17, 2012
Breast Cancer Action is hosting free one-hour webinars on Tuesday, January 24th and Wednesday, January 25th to discuss the recent Institute of Medicine report on environmental risks for breast cancer, including how advocates can help move forward the report committee’s recommendations for better understanding and managing these risks.
BCA will discuss some of their concerns about the report, as well as focus policy changes required to reduce exposures to potentially cancer-causing agents.
The report, commissioned by Komen, explores the difficulties of studying how environmental factors affect breast cancer risk, recommends future research, and makes recommendations for steps women can take to reduce their breast cancer risk. Unfortunately, many of the clear actions provided in the report for reducing risk are well-covered things like “quit smoking,” while the strongest conclusion that could be drawn on many other exposures (like cosmetic and personal care products, plastics and other pollutants) was that more research was needed.
If you’re interested, you can register for register for 2pm-3pm (PST) on the 24th or 10am-11am (PST) on the 25th.
You mention much of the research reveals information we already knew and further research needs to be done on lesser known topics. It would be interesting to read an article on how breast cancer funding is spent. The Komen organization especially is such a marketing powerhouse. I would love to see where they and other organizations have elected to spend that money.