Measuring Pollution In People
Billions of pounds of chemicals are released into the environment each year.
By testing human body fluids for industrial and toxic chemicals, a process known as "biomonitoring," public health professionals can measure our exposure levels and assess the impact on our health.
California is leading the way to ensure this essential tool is utilized to improve health and reduce healthcare costs.
The Breast Cancer Fund is proud to have been a strong sponsor of the California biomonitoring bill, which created the first statewide program in the country.
How do we measure the pollution in people—and what we can do with the data?Biomonitoring and beyond >
Unfortunately, budget constraints have limited the state's ability to fully implement the program, and other states are struggling, too. That's why we're urging the federal government to expand its commitment to helping states implement local programs.
In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $5 million to California, New York and Washington's biomonitoring programs, thanks in part to Breast Cancer Fund advocacy. This award marked a major milestone for California's trailblazing program, and it is poised to continue its groundbreaking work.
Meanwhile, the Breast Cancer Fund will continue to advocate for more resources to help other states fully implement this important public health tool.