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Environmental Toxins Linked to Breast Cancer

SPH’s David Sherr follows toxins’ trail to understand aggressive cancers.

Cosmetics can be sold solely on manufacturers’ tests and claims for effectiveness and safety – meaning that the ingredients don’t have to be filed with the government. With chemicals unregulated, the contents of our cosmetics are more dangerous than ever.

Eating an “inflammatory diet” as a teen may increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests.

Groundbreaking news of a new lawsuit regarding Monsanto’s collusion, cover ups, and corruption inside the EPA is a part of a long string of unraveling safety claims.

Multiple papers flag serious issues with chemical regulation and public health failures. Julian Cribb reports.

New data released recently by the FDA shows a rise in the occurrence of pesticide residues detected in thousands of samples of commonly consumed foods.

Poor diet and physical inactivity are not the only factors leading to weight gain. Research shows that chemicals in the environment are also making you fat!

Heading in the Right Direction

Precision medicine holds great promise for managing and treating cancer. Yet an underfunded and underutilized breakthrough is already available: cancer prevention.

BPA breakthrough: New treatment takes controversial chemical out of water.

As water treatment plants struggle to keep up with the chemical cocktail heading into our pipes, researchers say they’ve come up with a solution to remove one of the most ubiquitous contaminants—BPA.

The public is taking back local water supplies in Sacramento by suing the Federal Governement for tainted water.

Wal-Mart Puts Chemicals in Spotlight by Joining New Program

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has joined a new program that rates companies on their use of chemicals, a move that puts fresh pressure on the consumer-products industry to police its ingredients.

Costco’s new “Smart Screening” program addresses toxic chemicals in some of the products the company sells. The company is now testing products for certain toxic chemicals of “regulatory and social concern” and keeping products containing other harmful chemicals off its shelves entirely.

Senate Bill 258 embraced by environmental groups, consumers and manufacturers – will lead to disclosure of hazardous chemicals and allergens in household and workplace cleaners

Unilever announced a new transparency initiative to provide people with access to additional ingredient information about its home and personal care products.

Stories We are Following

Robert Bilott’s battle against Dupont

Rob Bilott was a corporate defense attorney for eight years. Then he took on an environmental suit that would upend his entire career – and ecpose a braze, decades-long history of chemical pollution.

Rob Bilott has been demanding that the E.P.A. take action on PFOA, a carcinogenic chemical, since 2001. After exposing the dangerous chemical, officials are finally listening.

A U.S. jury in Ohio on ordered DuPont (DD.N) to pay $2 million to a man who developed testicular cancer from exposure to a toxic chemical leaked from one of the company’s plants, according to the plaintiff’s lawyer Robert Bilott.

The New York State Senate has officially recognized national water contamination problems and made suggestions on ways to lower the public’s exposure to PFOA.

Following Bilott’s case, DuPont and Chemours Co have agreed to pay over $671 million in cash to settle several lawsuits related to the leak of a toxic chemical, used to make Teflon, that has been linked to cancer and other diseases.

Watershed by Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith’s 2017 poem, Watershed, provides an artistic, yet accurate, telling of the DuPont water contamination in West Virginia. Smith tells the complete story of the contamination, showing how posioned cattle led to posioned people. 

Citizen Groups will Sue DuPont and Chemours for Contaminating Drinking Water in North Carolina

DuPont and Chemours may have stopped using PFOA due to recent lawsuits, but citizens groups are now suing the companies again for trading the harmful chemical for an equally unsafe replacement, GenX.

Investing in Prevention Consortium Published Papers

As part of the Consortium’s deliverables, scientists in all 4 laboratories have disseminated the results of their breast cancer prevention work through peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and papers delivered at national and international scientific conferences, and at invited lectures. A listing of these efforts and some metrics on the impact of the respective work are provided in the link below:

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