What is Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures?
The Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures medical booklet for health professionals summarizes scientific evidence linking exposure and effect for many common chemicals of concern and suggests how to begin environmental health conversations with patients. The accompanying Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures medical brochure for patients — also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese — describes basic steps for individuals and families to reduce problematic exposures and choose safer alternatives to toxic products. The goal of this program is to reduce toxic exposures which have implications for reducing the burden and cost of all environmentally-linked diseases, including breast cancer. This is a one-of-a-kind program and the first to be developed that supports toxic exposures reduction.
What is the Let’s Talk Prevention Tour?
The Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures tour is an exhibition and lecture series throughout Massachusetts featuring the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s Let’s Talk Prevention materials. The materials can be easily exhibited and displayed at hospitals, health centers, community centers, libraries, high schools, and colleges. The Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposure tour can be tailored to the specific needs of a community and can include: community outreach table in a lobby/oncology office, an exhibition at a health and wellness fair, speaking engagements and lectures, special events, private events, and hospital staff meetings. We are visiting hospitals, health centers, community centers, libraries, high schools, colleges, and private groups to share the materials and encourage discussions about the reduction of toxic exposures in our communities.
Due to COVID-19, the Let’s Talk Prevention Tour is currently paused.
(To see previous locations since the Tour’s inception in 2014, click here.)
What is the community saying about Let’s Talk Prevention?
Dr. Patricia Raney, MD, family medicine specialty: “I am grateful that the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is starting this dialogue between health professionals and their patients through Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxics Exposure. The message that breast cancer is an environmental issue and we must take steps to reduce our exposure to chemicals of concern is crucial to improving public health. It is with this understanding that I will work to share program materials with my patients to help them take steps to reduce their exposure to common chemicals linked with breast cancer and other diseases. I am very impressed with the booklet and the pamphlet, and this is an excellent and informative presentation that I look forward to sharing with my colleagues.”
Dr. Michael Misialek, Physician, Newton-Wellesley Hospital: “As a physician at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, specializing in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Medical Advisor of Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, I’m very pleased to see the Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures program develop as a resource for patient-doctor engagement. The value of such a program is not to be minimized. This program will provide much needed information about reducing toxic exposures in daily life to physicians and patients alike. I look forward to promoting doctor-patient discussions concerning the link between health and toxic chemical exposures.”