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Conference on hormone associated cancers and EDCs in French Senate

In order to understand the increase of breast cancer cases in France, environmental factors especially EDCs exposure need to be taken in to account. This was the central theme of a recent conference in which HEAL participated.

HEAL’s Chemical Health Monitor Coordinator Nadia Bennich recently participated at the conference on 29 October in the French Senate, organised by HEAL Member Réseau Environnement Santé (RES).

Scientists Ana Soto and Carlos Sonnenschein from Tufts University in Boston gave an overview of the role of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), focusing on two common hormone-associated cancers, namely breast and prostate cancer and on the chemical substance BPA, which is commonly used in plastics and suspected to be an EDC.

The presentations were followed by a roundtable discussion with representatives from the French National Cancer Institute, Food safety agency and including Members of the French Parliament and Senate, who have been involved in the French national EDCs debate, namely Gérard Bapt, Jean-Louis Roumegas and Chantal Jouanno.

The need for more precautionary measures and prevention was discussed during the conference and the French Members of the Parliament and Senate also underlined the importance of the political role in this process.

More information about the RES conference and the speakers can be found here

Last updated on 13 November 2014

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