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Protect Yourself & the Environment

Learn how to protect yourself when you're outside, and protect the outside environment.



Jeff Cresswell and Michelle Kalberer
Jeff Cresswell and Michelle Kalberer

Co-owners of the stainless steel bottle company Klean Kanteen, Jeff and Michelle were honored with a 2010 Breast Cancer Fund Hero Award.

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Reform the Toxic Substances Control Act

Untitled Documen Our federal system utterly fails to protect the public from toxic chemicals all around us. Under the federal law that manages the safety of chemicals in commerce, or the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has required safety testing for just 200 of the 80,000 chemicals in use today. Only five have been banned or restricted. And, despite enormous advances in our scientific understanding of the connection between chemicals and disease, TSCA has not been updated in 38 years.


What chemicals are linked to breast cancer? Read our research summaries.

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The Breast Cancer Fund has been at the forefront of the TSCA debate. We have testified before the Senate and the House on the urgent need for chemicals policy reform so that we can make prevention of breast cancer a public health priority. The Breast Cancer Fund is advocating for chemical management reform laws that will finally give the EPA the tools it needs to truly protect public health, helping to prevent not only breast cancer, but many other diseases as well.

We are working for legislation that provides:

  • Quick action on the chemicals we already know are bad for human health and the environment;
  • Basic safety information on ALL chemicals in commerce, with industry bearing the burden of proof to show that chemicals are safe;
  • A health standard that will truly protect the public, including our most vulnerable citizens: our children.

Proposed Toxics Bills are Gifts to the Chemical Industry

Industry groups and their defenders in Congress have proposed legislation that would gut what little health protections already exist (particularly at the state level), weaken our already very weak federal laws, and jeopardize the ability of future generations to enjoy healthy lives.  Two deeply flawed bills are being considered by Congress including a draft House bill called the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA) and the Senate’s Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA).

Take Action: Tell Congress to Stop Playing Politics with your Health

Leaders in Congress need to step up and ensure our families aren’t unwilling subjects of a massive chemical experiment gone wrong. Congress must fix the broken laws in this country so that chemicals are proven safe before they are allowed into the market.