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Breast Cancer UK: Obituary for Clare Dimmer, Chair of Breast Cancer UK

Clare will be missed by all who knew her but remembered for the huge amount of work she did to try and make the world a safer and healthier place.

Clare was an avid campaigner and activist. She strongly believed that environmental pollutants and chemicals were behind the rise in breast cancer rates and, despite her own diagnosis with the disease, its grueling treatments and caring for a young family, she was determined to do something about it. Ultimately, she became one of the country’s leading campaigners for the removal of carcinogens in the environment.

Clare joined the Women’s Environmental Network in the 1990s and travelled widely, speaking at conferences and lobbying Members of Parliament as well as doing workshops and training to learn genetics and the science behind cancer. Months after going into remission in 1995, she became a Trustee and Secretary of Breast UK, which was set up to help protect patients and provide a voice for those suffering from the disease. In time, Breast UK became Breast Cancer UK, a charity dedicated to reducing our exposure to carcinogens.

Together with colleagues and friends, she worked ceaselessly to raise awareness of the chemical causes of breast cancer amongst politicians and members of the public. Whilst Chair of Breast Cancer UK, the charity helped fund ground-breaking research on the creation of the 3D model of breast cells for toxicological research at Ulster University (work that is still ongoing) and successfully managed to establish an EU ban on the hormone-disrupting chemical Bisphenol-A being used in babies’ bottles.

Clare’s legacy lives on in her numerous achievements over the years and also in Breast Cancer UK, which remains committed to pursuing her vision of preventing as many cases of breast cancer as possible.

Originally posted on 6 March 2014

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