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Munich workshop for health and patient groups on EDCs

On 5 March, HEAL organised with its member Women in Europe for a Common Future Germany (WECF) and the Women’s Health Centre (Frauengesundheitszentrum) a one day event to discuss EDCs and their link to health problems including chronic diseases.

The event focused on the health impact of EDCs associated with several chronic diseases, such as hormonal cancers (breast, prostate and testicular cancer), infertility, neurological and metabolic problems. It also aimed to discuss prevention of these diseases and current challenges for patients and health groups, looking especially at national policies and what can be done.

A morning presentation was giving by Alexandra Caterbow (left) from WECF on the scientific evidence of EDCs.

HEAL’s Chemicals and Health Coordinator Nadia El Bennich (right) followed with a presentation on HEAL’s latest report “Health costs in the European Union. How much is related to EDCs” for which HEAL released for the first time the evaluation of costs for each disease in Germany. For Germany, the total costs of the endocrine related diseases and conditions are €101 714 million euros annually. If 5% of these costs were attributable to exposure to EDCs, the bill for Germany would be €5 085 million euros annually.

Gudrun Kemper from Breast Cancer Action Germany gave her presentations on the work of her organisation and on prevention of breast cancer.

The afternoon session consisted of a workshop focusing on prevention, working with NGOs, health and patient groups in the field of health and environment in Germany. The groups discussed challenges in their day to day work and were encouraged to launch ideas for future common projects and event to promote prevention and raising awareness about EDCs at national level. In particular, they were encouraged to raise awareness among pregnant women and about children’s health. According to the groups, citizens should have access to better information about the products they daily use as to reduce exposure.

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Originally posted on 12 March 2015

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