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WECF – Conference on breast cancer, reproductive health and EDCs

Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) France successfully held their international conference on breast cancer, women’s reproductive health and EDCs: from knowledge to prevention on 14 October. A group of international scientific experts, health professionals, NGOs, journalists, representatives from Ministries, regional and local authorities gathered in Lyon (France) in order to discuss about cancer prevention and share their information and expertise on cancer research and prevention with the common objective of making primary prevention a reality.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women both in the developed and less developed world: in France and Europe, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lives. A growing body of evidence makes it urgent to devote a consistent part of public health policies to the primary prevention of exposures. 50% of cases of breast cancer and 58% of deaths occur in less developed countries (GLOBOCAN). There has also been the observation of increasing reproductive health problems which affect around 10 to 15% of women of childbearing age.

The conference started with an overview of research and science in cancer and breast cancer in France followed by two morning sessions focusing on women’s reproductive health, EDCs, breast cancer and environmental factors and two afternoon round tables about policy implementations to train health professionals.

The experts highlighted the importance of raising awareness about chemical exposure and potential health impacts, especially to pregnant women and the fetus, and of informing consumers about products they consume. Prevention for all, political will and collective action are the keys for changes.

The sessions looked at the current scientific evidence and gave an overview of the current situations in France, Europe, and the US and in some developing countries, underlining that the access to screening, adequate medication and treatments, especially for breast cancer, vary significantly depending on the location. In addition, the need for more training on environmental factors of health professionals and actions at local, regional, national and European level are essential. For raising awareness and contribute to policy change, everyone can participate in their own way and at their own level.

For more information about the conference click the WECF website here!

Originally posted on 21 October 2014

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