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Help us expose and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer.

Together we can stop this disease before it starts.

November 20, 2012

Dear Breast Cancer Fund Supporter,

The women working in the factories suspected that an unusual number of them were getting breast cancer. New research now proves it—and links their increased risk to chemicals in their workplaces.

A study released yesterday found a staggering fivefold increase in pre-menopausal breast cancer among women who worked in factories that make canned food or plastic auto parts.

The study followed 1,000 women with breast cancer and a control group without the disease from Windsor, Ontario, a manufacturing-rich area that, among other pursuits, supplies parts to the nearby U.S. auto industry.

Women who worked for 10 years in jobs classified as highly exposed to cancer-causing substances and endocrine-disrupting chemicals had elevated breast cancer risk. Among the highest-risk sectors, food canning workers may be exposed to BPA in the can linings as well as pesticides from the food; automotive plastics workers may be exposed to phthalates, vinyl chloride, formaldehyde, styrene and flame retardants.

These women are canaries in the coal mine. While their exposure levels may be higher, we are all exposed to a cocktail of carcinogens and endocrine disruptors every day that puts us at greater risk for breast cancer.

Women should not have to face a breast cancer diagnosis because of the work they do. And none of us should have to face cancer because industry and government failed to protect us.

We need to prioritize and invest in preventing exposures to these toxic chemicals. With your help, that’s what the Breast Cancer Fund works to do every single day. Thank you for being part of this community. And on behalf of the women of Windsor, thank you for telling your friends and family about this important research.

Warm regards,

Jeanne Rizzo, R.N., Breast Cancer Fund President and CEOJeanne Rizzo, R.N.
President and CEO


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