March 30, 2010
HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
The Breast Cancer Fund depends on its community to be a driving force in helping to create awareness and change around eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer. One great way to help spread the word is to send your friends and family a Breast Cancer Fund E-Postcard at http://www.breastcancerfund.org/site/apps/ka/ecard/cardForm.asp?c=kwKXLdPaE&b=44861.
Become an advocate: The Strong Voices Leadership Development Program is a nationwide network of women and men who share their personal stories while inspiring the public to take action to end the breast cancer epidemic. The Strong Voices Leadership Development Program was envisioned when the Breast Cancer Fund founder, Andrea Ravinett Martin, first spoke out on behalf of the environmental links to breast cancer. As a leader and strong voice in the breast cancer advocacy movement, Andrea created the path for the Breast Cancer Fund to take issue with the single most compelling public health issue of this century – environmental health.
To become a Strong Voice, please fill the Volunteer Form and indicate that you are interested in additional advocacy training. http://www.breastcancerfund.org/volunteer.
Visit the Strong Voices website to learn more about the program, access tools and resources and find opportunities for involvement in your region. http://www.breastcancerfund.org/strongvoices.
March 25, 2010
Week #11: March 15
There are over 100,000 synthetic chemicals approved for market use today, from preservatives in our lipstick to flame retardants in our sofas, from plasticizers in our water bottles to pesticides on our fruit and vegetables. Less than 10% of these chemicals have been tested for their effects on human health. We know that the average American carries at least 116 chemicals in his or her body, yet scientists can tell us next to nothing about the lifetime effects of living with this toxic “cocktail” of chemicals.
Today, the environmental laws and regulations that guide the decisions we make about public health and the environment focus on managing risks rather than preventing harm. The Precautionary Principle shifts this kind of decision-making to a more comprehensive approach that looks at alternatives to a current activity, stresses meaningful public participation, and looks at all of the costs (economic, health, environmental) that are involved in a project or activity.
For example, in a traditional risk management model, a local Recreation and Parks manager would ask “How much arsenic is okay to allow in arsenic-treated wood playground equipment?” Following a precautionary principle approach, the manager would ask “do we need to use arsenic treated wood at all?” and “what are the alternatives to using arsenic treated wood”? Risk management asks “How much harm is allowable?” while the precautionary principle asks “How little harm is possible?”
The Breast Cancer Fund is a founding member of the Bay Area Precautionary Principle Working Group (BAWG), an innovative collaborative made up of leaders from the breast cancer, public health, environmental health and environmental justice communities, formed to promote the implementation of the precautionary principle in the Bay Area and assist other regions of the country in their efforts to do that same.
To learn more, visit http://www.TakingPrecaution.org.
March 23, 2010
JOIN US TO RAISE MONEY FOR TWO GREAT CAUSES.
We will be raising money through ticket sales and silent auctions. You can purchase tickets through the Alamo Drafthouse Website
and learn more about the films
All proceeds go to Seton Home and The Brest Cancer Fund so please invite everyone you know!!!
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT LUNAFEST….
LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues, and support worthy women’s nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
LUNAFEST is completely funded by LUNA and run by a small, dedicated group of LUNA employees. This year Stroller Strides is hosting our inaugural LUNAFEST here in San Antonio! 100 percent of all proceeds will be donated to charity, 15 percent to the Breast Cancer Fund and the remaining 85 percent of proceeds go directly to Seton Home, a charity that supports homeless pregnant teenagers.
Over the years, as LUNAFEST has grown from a single annual event to more than 140 festivals each season, LUNA’s commitment to this worthwhile program has grown as well. We are continually inspired by the individual and collective efforts of women, and we are awed by the results. To date, LUNAFEST has raised over $470,000 for worthwhile women’s organizations, while raising hope and awareness for the stories of women everywhere.
March 17, 2010
DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT OF BREAST CANCER
While more white women get breast cancer than African American women, more African American women will die of the disease. There are environmental exposures that are unique to African Americans like the more common use of hormone-containing personal care products. Please help us spread the word about the challenges for African American women. Request copies of and help distribute The Environmental Risks of Breast Cancer in African American Women at http://www.breastcancerfund.org/atf/cf/%7BDE68F7B2-5F6A-4B57-9794-AFE5D27A3CFF%7D/Env%20Risks%20of%20BC%20in%20AA%20Women.pdf.
And while fewer Latinas get breast cancer than other groups, breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in Latina women in the United States. Experts say Latina breast cancer is understudied and that we simply do not have accurate data to know just how hard breast cancer is hitting these women. Help us shed more light on breast cancer within these communities of color. Read more about the Latina experience in BCF’s 2006 newsletter http://www.breastcancerfund.org/atf/cf/%7BDE68F7B2-5F6A-4B57-9794-AFE5D27A3CFF%7D/BCFNewsSummer06.pdf. If you would like to help distribute our print newsletter a few times a year, fill out a volunteer form and let us know! http://www.breastcancerfund.org/volunteer.
March 4, 2010
Week #9: BREASTFEEDING AND HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH
One thing we can do to help combat childhood obesity is to promote breastfeeding early in life and support school-based healthy school lunch and obesity prevention programs for older children. Look into groups that are advocating for more breastfeeding like www.safemilk.org.