Why are we talking about breast cancer prevention?

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Prevention, as Charlotte Haley learned in 1992, gets far less funding in breast cancer research than does the cure.

But focusing more effort on prevention just makes good sense. If we can learn the causes of breast cancer – and can prevent those causes from happening – we will get closer to getting rid of this disease.

We still don’t know enough about what causes breast cancer. We do know that it’s not all about our genes or our lifestyle choices. We know that 50%-70% of people with breast cancer have none of the known risk factors besides age.

This means over half of breast cancers may be caused by something in our environment, be it our external environment, our homes, in the workplace, or in public places. Shouldn’t our money and time go to learning about those causes?

Prevention follows the precautionary principle, which means we push for better regulations and laws so that we aren’t exposed to carcinogens in the first place.

Find out more about environmental and occupational links to breast cancer and what can be done to prevent them:

State of the Evidence 2010: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment

Exposure: Environmental Links to Breast Cancer

Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic

Fairly Foul

Day in the Life - A video from the Silent Spring Institute

Rethinking Breast Cancer and the Environment: The Case for the Precautionary Principle

Pathways to breast cancer: A case study for innovation in chemical safety evaluation

Women in Europe for a Common Future

Human fertility under attack : From research to action on phthalates and endocrine disruptors

Breast cancer and your workplace: What are the links?

Who’s supporting breast cancer prevention? Get involved!