Unhealthy allies?

Submitted by Margo Simon Golden, President, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. The New York Times (NYT) reported that of two common materials “used daily by millions of Americans…one causes cancer and the other might.”   The National Toxicology Program (NTP), a branch of the National Institute of Health, issued warnings: “[C]onsumers should…avoid contact with formaldehyde and […]

Cape Cod & Islands Community Health & Wellness Expo!

Cape Cod & Islands Community Health & Wellness Expo! Saturday and Sunday, October 22 & 23, 9AM-4PM Sponsored by Willy’s Gym in Eastham (4730 State Highway Route 6) to benefit Silent Spring Institute and MBCC Following is a glimpse of all the wonderful events planned at the Expo: Basketball, racquetball, squash, jacuzzi, sauna, salt-pool, play […]

Jessica Alba

Actress Jessica Alba joined Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s Erin Boles on Capitol Hill Tuesday to support the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition’s efforts to pass the Safe Chemicals Act.  Alba told her compelling story of how difficult it was to find everyday products for her daughter that didn’t contain chemicals liked with cancer (including breast […]

Is anyone protecting us?

By Margo Simon Golden, MPH

Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, not many things shock me anymore. Yet, at a Silent Spring Institute forum and in a recent interview, Margaret Kripke, Ph.D., a co-author of the April 2010 President’s Cancer Panel report, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now, did just that.

Dr. Kripke, a prominent immunology cancer researcher at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said that before beginning this groundbreaking report, she was skeptical about the link between environmental toxins and cancer. She erroneously believed that consumer products were tested for toxic chemicals before they were put on the market. She thought that if a chemical was a known carcinogen, it would be regulated or banned. She further assumed that if something were regulated in the United States, that those regulations would be enforced. Dr. Kripke stated that all it took was one meeting to learn that those assumptions were simply not true. Dr. Kripke quickly went from being a skeptic to a crusader for toxic chemical reform.