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Alliance for Cancer Prevention – Open letter to Breast Cancer Now

The newly merged UK charity Breast Cancer Now (BCN) has been urged to acknowledge the environmental and occupational risk factors for breast cancer and to act on primary prevention.

An open letter signed by concerned organisations and scientists expresses the hope that the merger between Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Breast Cancer Campaign will prompt “progressive changes to breast cancer prevention policies.”

The signatories of the letter to Breast Cancer Now, the new organisation headed by Baroness Delyth Morgan and which describes itself as ‘the UK’s leading breast cancer research charity’, include From Pink to Prevention, Breast Cancer Consortium, Challenge Breast Cancer Scotland, the Hazards Campaign and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL). The letter was also signed by the two Canadian researchers Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith responsible for the American Public Health Association resolution on breast cancer and occupation.

The letter asks BCN to review its thinking on breast cancer and expresses the hope that “future prevention policies will include the previously downgraded or overlooked roles of environmental and occupational risk factors in breast cancer”. The signatories agree that the new charity should “use its public and political influence to shape a new vision for breast cancer policy”, recognising the environmental and occupational links to breast cancer and promoting action to prevent exposures.

In the past the organisations forming the new charity has consistently opposed precautionary policies to reduce exposures to know carcinogens and have downplayed the associations between endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and breast cancer.

The open letter is available here

More information available here

Originally posted on 13 July 2015

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