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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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Sue Fenzl

I am a family physician who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41 (I found the lump myself). I was shocked because I am healthy, athletic and breast fed both my babies. I had already started making changes toward more organic food choices and less toxic cleaning products, and I have no family history of breast cancer.

I was naive about the everyday products I was using - personal care products, household cleaners, the plastics, non-stick bakeware, lawn products, and things like VOC's, off-gassing, and BPA... and the list goes on. I have made many changes as a result of being more informed, looking for healthier, non-toxic solutions for everything.

I am finding that friends and patients are in various states of "readiness" to accept that there is a problem with our environment, as it relates to our health, including cancer risk. Generally, people have blind faith that we wouldn't be sold products that could harm us - "they're tested, right?” I will continue to become more informed myself and share my knowledge, encourage others to inform themselves, and act!