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08.29.14

California poised to enact historic flame retardant labeling law

A statement by Breast Cancer Fund Director of Program and Policy Janet Nudelman You have a right to know whether or not toxic flame retardants are in a couch you’re thinking about buying. And fortunately, people in the state of...

08.27.14

The right to know about fracking chemicals

A Q&A with Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam What do you see as the biggest problem with fracking? We're in an uncontrolled experiment. We know, from a Congressional investigation, that companies sometimes use carcinogens such as benzene,...

08.22.14

The Case for Transparency: Unveiling the Dirty Secrets of Industry

Guest blog by Breast Cancer Fund Senior Policy Strategist Nancy Buermeyer On Thurs., Aug. 21, the Breast Cancer Fund joined Earthjustice and 4 other health, labor and environmental groups in filing a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting...

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Rosanne Iversen

Rosanne Iversen

At age 44, living in a small ski town in Colorado, I thought I was living a healthy life but was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer. Most patients are shocked when they hear the diagnosis of cancer and their name in the same sentence. I was no exception to that rule. I am a doctor myself, armed with all the knowledge of medicine, applying that knowledge not only to patients, but to myself. I exercised, limited alcohol use, never smoked, breastfed both of my babies and had five sisters older than me, not one with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

I realized prevention was more than not smoking, maintaining ideal body weight, eating fruits and vegetables and exercising. I started to look more at the skin care products I have used for years. I started to look at the plastic in my world. Not only did I stop heating in plastic, change many skin care products, but I also changed my water bottles too. I buy more organic.

I now talk to my patients about environmental health. Just today, I had a woman come for a visit in my office, to ask me how she can lower her risk for breast cancer. I teach patients on a one-on-one basis but have also spoken to the community about ways to lower breast cancer risk.

We now have the knowledge and ability to make safer products and safer foods. It is my hope we can implement more of these healthier choices on a larger scale, thus creating a healthier world for the next generation. Join me in my goal to spread the word, prevention starts here.