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Breast Cancer Fund Focuses on the Environment

By Pat Lynch

Editor in Chief and Host of ‘Speak Up!’


Breast Cancer Awareness Month seemed like the ideal time to share information from the Breast Cancer Fund, a unique organization that funds the research to find and eliminate the environmental and other preventable causes of this terrible disease. Join in the conversation with the Fund’s Executive Director, Jeanne Rizzo, under who’s leadership, the Breast Cancer Fund launched several precedent-setting public health initiatives.

More About The Breast Cancer Fund
The Breast Cancer Fund identifies – and advocates for elimination of – the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease. Only 10 percent of breast cancers are genetic, and science increasingly points to environmental factors in the sharp rise of breast cancer incidence. For this reason, the Breast Cancer Fund has adopted the bold mission to eliminate the environmental causes of the disease, including toxic chemicals and radiation. Through public education, policy initiatives, outdoor challenges and other innovative campaigns,the Breast Cancer Fundmobilizes the public to secure the changes needed to stop this devastating epidemic.

More About Jeanne Rizzo, Executive Director
Under Ms. Rizzo’s leadership, the Breast Cancer Fund launched several precedent-setting public health initiatives. The organization published the landmark report State of the Evidence: What is the Connection between the Environment and Breast Cancer?, now in its fourth (2006) edition, convened California Senate and Assembly legislative hearings on breast cancer and the environment, and initiated the first-ever International Summit on Breast Cancer and the Environment. As a leading member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the Breast Cancer Fund has successfully pressured major cosmetics companies to reformulate their products to eliminate certain carcinogens and reproductive toxins.In 2005, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two Breast Cancer Fund-supported bills, including SB 484, the Safe Cosmetics Act, which will require cosmetic companies to report to the state the use of chemicals that are linked to cancer or birth defects. The organization sponsored California legislation to create a statewide biomonitoring program and led efforts to secure passage of the nation’s first Precautionary Principle ordinance.

Ms. Rizzo’s vision has been instrumental in the Breast Cancer Fund becoming a moving force to end the epidemic of breast cancer. A longtime women’s health advocate, Ms. Rizzo’s commitment to progressive causes began during her career as a registered nurse and continued through her years as a music, film and theatre producer. Before joining the Breast Cancer Fund as executive director, Ms. Rizzo was a recipient of the organization’s Bella Abzug Advocacy Award for producing the award-winning film Climb Against the Odds. In 2005, she received the KQED/Gap “Local Heroes” award and was named one of 25 Environmental Champions by EnvironDesign Journal.

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One Response to “Breast Cancer Fund Focuses on the Environment”

  1. Aftercancer Says:
    January 15th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Thanks for highlighting the Breast Cancer Fund. They are the only group that really seems to be looking into the environmental links to cancer.

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