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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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Mary Brune

Mary Brune

Mary Brune was nursing her baby when she saw a news report about breast milk being contaminated with perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel. Turning her outrage into activism, she co-founded Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS).  Since that moment in 2005, MOMS has become a unique and powerful force in the environmental health movement: nursing mothers working to reduce children’s exposure to harmful chemicals linked to later-life diseases, including breast cancer. Under Mary’s leadership, MOMS has been an invaluable partner to the Breast Cancer Fund, and both MOMS and Mary were honored in 2009 with a Hero Award.