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Federal Report Says Breast Cancer Prevention Fails to Account for Chemicals

Today the federal Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee (IBCERCC) released its report: Breast Cancer and the Environment–Prioritizing Prevention. The report echoes the President’s Cancer Panel of 2011 in finding that federal efforts are overly-focused on finding a cure and focus too little on prevention, including intelligent regulation of substances known to cause cancer.

Andy Igrejas, director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families released this statement in response to the report:

“The vast majority of chemicals have not been evaluated for their cancer-causing impacts and new ones come on the market every day without any health information. That has to end. It’s painfully clear we are doing too little to prevent cancer, including understanding and controlling environmental factors like chemicals.

“One of the simplest things Congress can do is to pass the Safe Chemicals Act. It would, for the first time, set up a common sense process to restrict those chemicals already known to cause cancer and to test the rest.”