Breast cancer and your workplace: What are the links?

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I was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago. I’ve worked in a plastics factory for a good part of my adult life. The health professionals I saw throughout my treatment asked me about family history, cigarettes, drinking and stress. But not one asked me where I worked. That’s just not right.

-       Sandy Knight, breast cancer survivor  

There is growing evidence that substances we are exposed to in some of our workplaces are causing cancers. 

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with breast cancer – or any other cancer – has your doctor or any other health professional asked you about where you work and chemicals you might have been exposed to there?

We think that health providers should be talking to us about possible cancer risks in our workplaces.

Learn more…

How can health professional help draw attention to toxic exposures?

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Incorporating Environmental Health in Clinical Medicine

What are the links between breast cancer and women who work with plastics?

Plastics Industry Workers and Breast Cancer Risk: Q & A

Defining Endocrine Disruptors: Are Women Workers In The Automotive Plastics Industry Particularly At Risk?

Not a flower shop: Exploring breast cancer risk and gender bias

Chemical exposure and plastics production: Issues for women's health | A Review of literature

Hazardous substances: Plastics (Canadian Auto Workers Health, Safety and Environment Fact Sheet)

Plastic invasion: The consequences of convenience on the human body

Do you think medical school teaching should teach more about the environmental links to breast cancer? Should doctors be talking to you about possible toxins in the workplace?

Contact these organizations and let them know what you think!*

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Canadian Medical Association

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

*Check back here soon for a sample of a letter you might send to one of these associations.

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