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Alliance for Cancer Prevention - Why are we still ignoring the elephant in the room?

This year the Alliance for Cancer Prevention has joined with From Pink to Prevention to prepare an on-line toolkit and organise an event for October. As we find ourselves mid-way through the global fundraising phenomena that is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we ask, are environmental and occupational links to the disease ‘an elephant in the room?’

The idea is to draw attention to a breast cancer narrative that is excluded from the ‘pink’ limelight. For decades now, scientists and activists alike have argued that the persistent exclusion of environmental and occupational risk factors for breast cancer (e.g. carcinogens, EDCs and shift work) by government, breast cancer charities and industry is, at the very least baffling and, at worst, obstructing a basic public health right to know. The time has come for policy-makers to explain why they are refusing to acknowledge the evidence that links these risk factors to breast cancer.

Hopefully there is something of interest to you in the activities for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Help widen the breast cancer risk-factor debate and let everyone know about this ‘elephant in the room’ each and every October.

Please see the Press release for the Tool Kit here and a pdf.

Originally posted on 28 October 2016

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