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Statement in Support of "The Health Case for Reforming TSCA"

The Safer Chemicals Healthy Families campaign, of which the Breast Cancer Fund is a member, released a report today: The Health Case for Reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act. This report affirms that a growing body of scientific evidence links chemical exposure to a wide range of serious diseases and draws attention to the urgent need to reform how chemicals are managed in the United States. It points to the fact that, by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals, we will reduce disease incidence and the related health care costs.

This analysis supports the findings of the Breast Cancer Fund’s State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment – a comprehensive report that aggregates the scientific evidence linking chemicals and radiation to increased risk of breast cancer and outlines research and public policy changes needed to reduce breast cancer risk.

The Breast Cancer Fund joins Safer Chemicals Healthy Families in calling for the overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the federal law governing chemical safety which has never been significantly amended since its adoption in 1976. By passing legislation to bring the toxics law into the 21st century, we will not only reduce disease incidence and health care costs, we will also achieve unquantifiable “human savings,” as we will prevent countless families from having to confront the suffering and death of loved ones.

As science confirms the links between chemicals and disease, it becomes an ethical imperative that we fix our broken chemical management system, which will help control skyrocketing health care costs and reduce human suffering.