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04.16.14

Are lipsticks dangerous? (CNN, 4/4/2014)

Sharima Rasanayagam This article, which was written by Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam, appears on CNN.com. Every day millions of women apply lipstick without a second thought. What many don't know is that lipsticks may contain lead,...

04.16.14

Avon finally gives triclosan the boot (The Guardian, 4/1/2014)

Facing pressure from shareholders and consumers who want safer cosmetics, Avon announced it will phase out the toxic chemical triclosan from its beauty and personal care products. While the Breast Cancer Fund and our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are pleased...

03.28.14

Roundup: Flame retardants under fire

Firefighters and advocates take a stand to give toxics the boot.

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Janet Gray, Ph.D.

Janet Gray, Ph.D.

Dr. Janet Gray, editor of the 2008 and 2010 editions of the Breast Cancer Fund's groundbreaking report, State of the Evidence, has provided access to and clearer understanding of the complex science linking breast cancer to chemicals and radiation.

Janet, a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS) at Vassar College, has a background in behavioral neuroscience. Her laboratory research has focused on the effects of estrogens and mixed antiestrogens, especially tamoxifen, on brain activity and behavior.

In recent years, her research and writing focus has turned toward engaging the public in the complex issues surrounding breast cancer and environmental risks. As part of her work in this arena, she led a multidisciplinary group of students and professionals in the development of a widely distributed interactive CD that explores the scientific literature on breast cancer and environmental risks, released in 2006. An updated Web version of the CD was released in the spring of 2008.

It was after the release of the CD that Janet signed on as editor of the fifth edition (2008) of the Breast Cancer Fund's State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment. She also authored the sixth edition (2010).