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Salon Conversations: Safe Cosmetics Advocacy with Janet Nudelman

Salon Conversations: Safe Cosmetics Advocacy with Janet Nudelman

In this episode of Salon Conversations by the Bench to Community research project, BCPP”s Janet Nudelman discussed safe cosmetics advocacy with host Tonya Fairley. Recorded March 23, 2021. Read More

BCPP’s Director of Program & Policy and Director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Janet Nudelman was featured as a Guest Speaker on the Salon Conversations series

In this episode of Salon Conversations by the Bench to Community research project, BCPP”s Janet Nudelman discussed safe cosmetics advocacy with host Tonya Fairley. Recorded March 23, 2021. 

 

About Salon Conversations

Salon Conversations is a community forum where we bring awareness, educate, and provide actionable steps towards sustainable change on environmental exposures in personal care products and breast cancer risk. This forum is apart of the Bench to Community research project led by Dr. Dede Teteh and Dr. Lindsey Trevino. Join the conversation: https://is.gd/edcbreastcancer​​ For more information: bench2community@gmail.com.

About Janet

Janet Nudelman, MA directs program and policy activities and coordinates BCPP’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Cans Not Cancer Campaign. She draws on 30 years of experience working in the social change arena as a political organizer and lobbyist on women’s health issues to create and oversee BCPP’s cutting edge policy initiatives and market-based campaigns. Previously, Janet served as Political Director at Credo Mobile (formerly Working Assets) and Legislative Assistant for Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY). She has a M.A. in Public Policy from George Washington University. 


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BCPP’s Spring Gala March Forth: Moving Prevention Forward, Virtually

BCPP’s Spring Gala March Forth: Moving Prevention Forward, Virtually

BCPP’s 2021 Spring Gala March Forth brought together the BCPP community in support of breast cancer prevention. Aiming to activate, inspire and engage guests virtually, the evening featured entertainment and high-profile, celebrity speakers in environmental health and justice. Check out this recap of our celebration of the new decade, new leadership, and our vision of prevention moving forward.Read More

BCPP’s 2021 Spring Gala March Forth brought together the BCPP community in support of breast cancer prevention. 

With your help, we surpassed our goal by raising $227,500 and reaching over 700 people from across the country on the night of the event! 

After years of policy rollbacks affecting the health of the country, BCPP’s work marches forward, emerging stronger than ever. Linking our business and advocacy partners, and others affected by breast cancer, BCPP is leading the coalition towards a future where fewer people hear the words, “You have breast cancer.”  

Aiming to activate, inspire and engage guests virtually, the evening featured entertainment and high-profile, celebrity speakers in environmental health and justice.

Watch the edited video recording of our celebration of the new decade, new leadership, and our vision of prevention moving forward: 

 

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BCPP premiered a new mission video at the event:

Featured Guest Speakers 

Dr. Linda Birnbaum  |  Former Director, NIEHS & NTP

Senator Cory Booker  |  U.S. Senator of New Jersey

Tiffany Coates  |  Director of Sales Earth Mama Organic

Meera Dasgupta  |  2020 National Youth Poet Laureate

Nourbese Flint  |  Policy Director, Black Women for Wellness

Dr. Rachel Morello-Frosch  |  Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Michelle Kalbearer | Co-Owner/Co-CEO, Klean Kanteen

Alyssa Milano  |  Actor and Activist

Alex Morgan  |  Olympic Gold Medalist

Vanessa Richards  |  Artist & Facilitator, Creative Together

Wesley Schultz  |  Guitarist and Lead Vocalist, The Lumineers

Congresswoman Jackie Speier  |  U.S. Representative (D-CA 14th District)

Joanne Starkman | Co-Founder and Owner, Innersense Organic Beauty

Extended Cuts

Watch the extended, full-length versions of interviews with select guest speakers. See our full Youtube playlist of clips from March Forth.

Interview with Alex Morgan, Olympic Gold Medalist, and CEO/Founder of Sprout San Francisco and BCPP Board Member Suzanne Price:

Interview with actor and activist Alyssa Milano on clean beauty and how she’s using her voice for breast cancer prevention by BCPP’s Janet Nudelman, Director of Program & Policy and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics:

Nourbese Flint, Policy Director of Black Women for Wellness, speaks on beauty standards, racism, and how she’s working to pass policies to make a difference for black women’s health:

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Chat Highlights

So honored to be here tonight. Thank you for all you are doing to better the world. – Ruth Rosenthal​

Today my colleague told me her mother was diagnosed with stage 4. Let’s all help prevent this terrible disease. – Jen Jackson

BCPP: Thank you for doing such amazing work! – Bakty Motiram​

​Thank you everyone for coming!!!! already teared up for a sec!! – Mather Martin

Grateful for 4 years breast cancer free!! Science…. – Nancy Stephens

I love what is happening within BCPP – Mary Townes

Thanks to BCPP staff for all you do to make the products we use every day safer and healthier! – Joel Tickner ​

​Grateful to contribute to this group of leaders, world-changers, and friends – Julie Densmore

My contribution was small, but given with lots of love and in honor of my mom who died in 2011 of breast cancer. Let’s all work together with BCPP until breast cancer is a thing of the past. – Jen Jackson​

Senator Booker speaks for me!! – Abby Ginzberg​

Such a great evening! So fun! LOVE BCPP!!! – Michelle Kalberer, Klean Kanteen

What a spectacular evening!! Woot Woot!!! – Marcy Taylor

Brava to the BCPP for all the work you do every day to prevent breast cancer! Thank you! – Mary Gant​

This was amazing! Thank you to all involved and the BCPP team for all you do! – Jaclyn Lyman​

A very informative and inspirational event. Such an awesome cause! – Jessica Young​

​Thank you all so much for giving to this amazing organization!!! I’ve been donating for over 10 years and will never stop! – Marika Holmgren

​I’m proud and excited to support BCPP’s work to prevent breast cancer and advance health equity. This truly is a mission of love, as Senator Cory Booker so eloquently stated. – Kimberly Mulqueen

Thanks all for your support of BCPP. I’m so proud of all the great work that this organization does. – Sarah Janssen ​

What a list of achievements! – Beth Strachan​

So inspiring to see these results! – Ann Luk​

Amazing achievements, BCPP! Thank you! – Women Uninterrupted​

Thank you for all your great work! – Maricel Maffini

​Mather Martin is the reason I’m here and she did amazing on that intro. Thank goodness for Andrea Martin for bringing both BCPP and Mather into the world!! Awesome event everyone! – Anne Sciaino

Mather, I am so touched by your words! – Laura Fenster ​

Marika Holmgren, you have been through a battle, I will think of you and hope you continue to beat it. I’m happy to say I’m 1.5 yrs free and count my blessings every day. – Liz Szulczewski​

Aw thank you so much Laura! You are so inspirational and am so glad to have you in my life – Vivian Fan ​

Thank you everyone for your support for BCPP!!!! – Wanda Cole-Frieman​

​I wish we were all together but this is awesome!!! ​My tribe!!!! – Caroleigh Pierce

What a beautiful program! So much love! – Heather Sarantis

​ENDORPHINS ARE RAGING AFTER WESLEY’S PERFORMANCE!!! – Catherine Nasca

Great event!! – Julia Cooney​

Great time, great work, keep rocking BCPP!! – Amit Rosner, Clearya​

Thanks to our Event Committee & Table Hosts

The Believer: Betsy Gordon, Chris Pehl & Mark Headley

The Dreamer: Wanda & Karl Cole-Frieman, Julie Corbett, Laura Fenster & Jon Rosenberg, Rorrie Gregorio,  Ellen & Doug Kahn, The Mathieu Sevy Family, Kimberly Mulqueen, Mary Pomerantz, Lisa Stone Pritzker, Sideman & Bancroft LLP

The Designer: B. Braun Medical, Deloitte, Sarah Janssen, Joyce Lee, Susan Lowenberg, Marcy Taylor Pattinson

The Builder: Shoko Emily Abe, Jennifer Ayer, Lisa Bailey, Shelly Frieman, Bethany Hornthal, Marion Hunt, Susan Kutner, Mara Lowry, Sprout San Francisco, Nancy Stephens, Toby Rubin, Ingrid Tauber


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Why We Need Fragrance Ingredient Transparency: Congressional Staff Briefing

Why We Need Fragrance Ingredient Transparency: Congressional Staff Briefing

Learn why we need U.S. federally mandated fragrance ingredient transparency in this congressional staff briefing hosted by Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and the American Sustainable Business Council.Read More

Virtual Congressional Briefing Zoom Recording February 18, 2021

Learn why we need U.S. federally mandated fragrance ingredient transparency in this congressional staff briefing hosted by Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and the American Sustainable Business Council.

 

Speakers include:

  • Julie Froelicher, Senior Director, Global Product Stewardship, Procter & Gamble
  • Tiah Tomlin, Breast cancer survivor, Advocate & Organizer on Black women’s health
  • Dr. Robin Dodson, Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute
  • Mia Davis, VP Sustainability and Impact, Credo Beauty
  • Janet Nudelman, Director of Program and Policy at Breast Cancer Prevention Partners & Director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Topics Covered:

  • Why 100’s of companies are voluntarily disclosing these “secret” ingredients and why fragrance and flavor disclosure is becoming the “new normal”
  • The science and the health impacts of hidden fragrance and flavor chemicals
  • How recently enacted California legislation requiring cosmetic fragrance & flavor ingredient disclosure relates to existing federal law, and what more must be done

This virtual briefing took place February 18, 2021.


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Give or get: clean Valentine’s Day gifts

Give or get: clean Valentine’s Day gifts

Spread the love! Fun Valentine’s gift ideas from BCPP’s partners. Treat someone special to a gift, or even better – yourself – this Valentine’s Day!Read More

Spread the love! Fun Valentine’s gift ideas from BCPP’s partners

 

Purchases support our prevention work

Love is in the air. Treat someone special to a gift, or even better – yourself – this Valentine’s Day! Our partners in prevention are bringing you safer products that value your health and the planet this V-Day and all year round. Check out the lovely products below!

Vibrant Body Company

Vibrant Body Company designs clean intimates: bras, tops and underwear. Always free from harmful toxics. Always wireless. Always silky-soft and supportive. Now through March 15, Vibrant Body Company will donate $20 for each bra sold and give you $10 off of our $69 price.

 

Please use code BCPP10 at checkout to redeem and of course feel free to tell a friend! Vibrant Body Company

Goodlight

At GoodLight Candles, our mission is to provide truly affordable clean-burning candles while contributing to positive change in the world. This Valentine’s Day, we are partnering with select retailers to offer two limited edition “Love” candles scented with our popular Fig Grapefruit blend.

 

We are contributing $1 from the sale of every Love apothecary jar candle and $0.50 from the sale of every Love tin, to BCPP. See where they’re sold near you!

NeuEve

The best part of Valentine’s Day is Valentine’s Night. Our all-natural OBGYN-approved intimate moisturizer makes “getting shot by Cupid’s Arrow” less painful and more pleasurable. How? By promoting natural self-lubrication with nutrients that nourish the intimate collagen and elastin.

 

We love and support BCPP’s mission, and we sponsor them as 1% for the Planet members.

Innersense

“Prevention is the most sustainable way to support women’s breast health. We must start by eliminating toxic exposure and encouraging self-care.” Joanne Starkman, Co-founder and President, Innersense. Show some self-love and self-care this Valentine’s Day and gift yourself Innersense Organic Beauty!

 

Innersense is proud to partner year-round with BCPP.

REMINDER: These products come from fabulous companies that financially support our efforts to prevent breast cancer, so purchases you make also support BCPP!

You can also donate directly to prevent breast cancer.


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Why Breast Cancer Prevention Matters

Why Breast Cancer Prevention Matters

“As a survivor, I don’t want any more women to suffer this disease…Read More

Post by BCPP Volunteer & Breast Cancer Survivor Andrea Dannenberg 

In 2021, I doubt there are many Americans who aren’t aware of “Pink October” aka “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” The marketing for that annual event is amazing. I give corporate America and the organizations behind this annual event a lot of credit.

But as a breast cancer survivor, I must admit that it makes me cringe. I kind of dread it. It seemingly glamorizes an awful illness that is in no way pretty, pink or glamorous. At the same time, companies profit off us breast cancer patients and survivors: do we really know where those funds go and if they really are funding “awareness” or if “awareness” is really what needs funding? We all see it. So now let’s DO something already!

For me, February’s Breast Cancer Prevention Month is so much more important. It is critical. As a survivor, I don’t want any more women to suffer this disease. I made it through cancer treatment, but the side effects are lifelong. They aren’t easy. My life is forever changed by this diagnosis. I live with pain. My body is maimed. I live with constant fear that my cancer could return. Because, although early-stage breast cancer is treatable, there still is no cure for breast cancer. For some of us, it will return. In fact, more than 40,000 Americans die from breast cancer annually.

When I received my diagnosis 3 years ago, I spent countless hours wondering “Why me?” Like most breast cancer patients, I don’t have one of the genetic mutations associated with breast cancer risk. None of my relatives had breast cancer. I was in my 30s and fit—I led a healthier lifestyle than most probably do. Did I do something wrong? Was it my diet? Was it pesticides? Did I not exercise enough? Maybe it was the secondhand smoke I was exposed to as a child. Our minds don’t handle the unknown well. We naturally seek explanations.

But my own (maybe irrational) desire for answers to my unanswerable questions and my hope that others can avoid this awful diagnosis brought me to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. I’m driven to support BCPP’s work to identify breast cancer causes AND address them. The groundbreaking Paths to Prevention: California Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan identifies 23 breast cancer risk factors and interventions which can help mitigate those risks.

While some of these risk factors can be addressed by us individually, many require societal changes and actions by our policymakers. But each action, each improvement, gets us closer to preventing another person from facing a breast cancer diagnosis.

If you’re wondering what you can do this Breast Cancer Prevention Month, please consider the following:

  1. Read Paths to Prevention and consider changes you can make to lower our own risk and ways you can advocate for change in your community to protect those around you.
  2. Visit BCPP’s Take Action page and join in, supporting legislative changes that reduce breast cancer risk and grow the movement for safer beauty, food, and homecare products.
  3. Sign up for BCPP’s emails to learn about future actions and BCPP campaigns.
  4. Refer a friend! Urge your loved ones to check out our work and get involved too!
  5. Download shopping tools, such as Clearya, that empower you to make conscious decisions as a consumer to avoid toxic, carcinogenic products.

Consider donating to support BCPP’s work to identify and eliminate environmental causes of breast cancer.


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Honoring BCPP Heroine Mary Ann Castimore

Honoring BCPP Heroine Mary Ann Castimore

“Through BCPP, I have become an advocate, and by climbing mountains I hope to be a positive influence on others facing what I and so many others face when dealing with breast cancer. “Read More

Mary Ann Castimore, Mt. Rainier 2005

“Through BCPP, I have become an advocate, and by climbing mountains I hope to be a positive influence on others facing what I and so many others face when dealing with breast cancer. I stand on a summit with prayer flags in hand to convey the message of hope and remembrance: hope of a cure, of a long life, of a good quality of life, of a cancer-free world for the future; remembrance for all those who lost the battle.”

Mary Ann Castimore

Climb Against the Odds, Mt. Shasta 2003

Japanese Alps Trip 2007

Note from BCPP Director of Development Julie Pofsky

Mary Ann Castimore “MAC” was a fierce warrior in her battle against breast cancer. Diagnosed in 1986, she lived hard over 30 years past diagnosis. A member of the original guard at BCPP, MAC began her journey with us on Climb Against the Odds on Mt. McKinley in 1998. With the love and support of our BCPP community, she passed the day after Christmas on December 26, 2020. Rest in peace Mary Ann. This is our tribute to you, lionheart and dragon.

A letter to our community from your close friends:

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To our BCPP Family,

It is with great sadness that we write with the news of the passing of another great warrior/heroine. Mary Ann Castimore ascended from these earthly bounds on December 26.

She was a survivor extraordinaire, having been initially diagnosed in 1986 and in 1995 with mets. Undaunted by her decades long war against metastatic breast cancer, Mary Ann defied logic and science, never letting her cancer limit or define her.

She signed onto the Denali Climb in 1996 and in 1998 with mets to her sternum climbed higher than any other survivor. The following year she returned to “The Great One” with her husband, John and made it to 19,000 feet.

She was a guide on BCPP’s Climb Against the Odds: Mt. Fuji in 2000 and was instrumental in growing a relationship with our Japanese climbing friends. She, Cat, Iris, and Diane continued the outreach to our Japanese sisters, setting up a climb in the Japanese Alps in 2007, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 2010, and lastly in the Adirondacks, climbing the Saranac 6 in 2017. The Japanese repaid the invitations by inviting us back for climbs in the Japanese Alps and Mt. Fuji.

Mac was also part of the first Mt Shasta Climb in 2003 and the Mt Rainier Climb in 2005. Mac was the rudder in our boat, with the heart of a lioness and the will of forged steel she was a natural to lead the way.

Perhaps, because breast cancer was a part of more than half her life she truly had mastered what we all strive for, “to live life to its fullest, leaving nothing on the table.”

To paraphrase a poem by Jack London, succinctly sums up Mary Ann, “I would rather be ashes than dust, I would rather be a meteor than a star to flash across the sky in a fleeting moment of glory than to remain sedentary for all my life.”

Of course, we will always have an emptiness in our lives without her but we will also carry her spirit of courage, determination and resolve.

Forever in our hearts,

Iris Lancaster, Diane Matsumoto, Sandy Badillo, Cathy Ann Taylor

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Japanese Alps Trip 2007

Climb Against the Odds: Mt. Fuji 10-year reunion on Mt. Washington

Mt. Rainier 2005: Shiori, Iris Lancaster, Diane, and Mary Ann Castimore

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Climb Against the Odds Mt. Fuji 10-year reunion on Mt. Washington

Ann Castimore front row, 4th from left

Climb Against the Odds, Mt. Rainier 2005: Cathy Ann Taylor and Mary Ann Castimore

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3 Tips for Reducing Your Risk in 2021

3 Tips for Reducing Your Risk in 2021

New year, fresh beginnings. Let’s start this year off right, together! Today we offer a gift to you: our top 3 science-backed tips for how to reduce your breast cancer risk in 2021.Read More

From all of us at BCPP, thank you for your support as we closed the chapter on an incredibly challenging year. During these first days of 2021, we want to let you know how grateful we are for you. We are so inspired by the tremendous generosity of our community. New year, fresh beginnings. Let’s start this year off right, together!

Today we offer a gift to you: our top 3 science-backed tips for how to reduce your breast cancer risk in 2021. These tips are pulled from our groundbreaking Paths to Prevention: Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan.

Cut back on alcohol

We may have indulged a bit, or more than a bit, during the holidays. Now it’s time to establish healthy, long-term habits that reduce risk. Substantial scientific research links alcohol consumption with breast cancer risk, so reducing consumption is a very healthy choice to make. See if you can start by cutting back or substituting one drink a day or one drink each week with another beverage or even a favorite food.

Get Active

The evidence is undeniable that exercise—for all people, of any age—is protective against breast cancer (and COVID too). Rather than committing to a massive fitness New Year’s Resolution, try a small, achievable goal this year. How about a 20-minute midday walk to clear your head and get mentally prepared for the afternoon? Or bring the kids or grandkids to a nearby trail for a nature walk once a week? Can you join them in a game of catch? They’ll get moving, and you will too!

Clear the Air

Winter can mean more time indoors, so it’s that much more important to keep the air you’re breathing fresh and clear! You can make a long-term investment in your health by buying a HEPA air purifier to help filter dust and particulates that contain toxic chemicals from household furniture and other products. A low-cost option is simply improving your cleaning habits! Dust and mop with a damp cloth to trap toxic chemicals in instead of dry dusting or sweeping, which can lift them back into the air you breathe. Check out our blog Cleaning Safer and Toxic-Free with BCPP for healthy tips to breathe easier in your home.

Take Action

Send a message to urge your elected officials to put health above profits and pressure major corporations to stop selling toxic products.

Whether you pick one or more tips to reduce your breast cancer risk, we wish you a healthy and happy start to 2021!

P.S. Another great way to start the new year is to donate to prevent breast cancer.


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Why Prevention is My Priority

Why Prevention is My Priority

The search for a cure for breast cancer must continue, but the physical and mental impacts of diagnosis and treatment cannot be underestimated. For too long we have not given breast cancer prevention the priority needed to stop this disease before it starts. And on a personal level, I want to protect all my loved ones from having to deal with this devastating disease, whether as a patient or caregiver.Read More

Interview with Dr. Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D., Mother, Wife, BCPP’s Chief Scientist

How Sharima came to BCPP:

In 2008, I had a friend I knew through a baby group (our sons were born within a month of each other and our daughters within 3 months). At one of our coffee mornings, she announced that the lump in her breast that we all thought was an enlarged milk duct (she was breast feeding at the time) was cancerous. We all rallied around her and her family, but within 6 months she had passed. It was devastating. Three years later I had the opportunity to join BCPP, and I jumped at the chance to learn more about this disease and how I could help reduce its incidence so that fewer women, their families, and their friends would experience such loss.

I’ve been BCPP’s Director of Science since 2011, nine years now. I have had a career in lab science, science, policy, and now advocacy. I am originally from the UK—having grown up in London, and moving to the U.S. in 2001. My husband and I are parents to two wonderful children and a dog, and grandparents to a parakeet and a betta fish.

Why prevention is important right now:

The search for a cure for breast cancer must continue, but the physical and mental impacts of diagnosis and treatment cannot be underestimated. For too long we have not given breast cancer prevention the priority needed to stop this disease before it starts.

And on a personal level, I want to protect all my loved ones from having to deal with this devastating disease, whether as a patient or caregiver.

With many causes asking for support this holiday season, why should people support BCPP?

BCPP is the only national U.S. organization solely focused on the primary prevention of breast cancer. We are focused on eliminating toxic exposures linked to the disease by educating the public, holding companies accountable, and advocating for health protective laws and regulations throughout the U.S. We have a track record of success, and with your help we can prevent more deaths and suffering due to this disease.


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Top 5 Holiday Gifts to Avoid Giving

Top 5 Holiday Gifts to Avoid Giving

Just as our holiday gift giving can support breast cancer prevention, here are a few holiday gifts you might want to reconsider, as they may increase breast cancer risk for your loved ones.  Watch our video for the tips or read on.Read More

Just as our holiday gift giving can support breast cancer prevention, here are a few holiday gifts you might want to reconsider, as they may increase breast cancer risk for your loved ones. 

Watch our video for the tips or read on.

Video Transcript

I’m Andrea Dannenberg, a Breast Cancer Prevention Partners volunteer and breast cancer survivor. I’m going to share with you 5 holiday gifts you might want to reconsider, as they may increase breast cancer risk for your loved ones. 

Alcohol: While a bottle of wine or liquor is a common host or hostess gift during the holidays, it’s best to reconsider. Plenty of research links alcohol consumption with breast cancer risk. And, the more we drink, the higher our risk. Reducing how much we drink, lowers our risk. Instead of a bottle of wine, consider bringing sparkling water, or maybe juice or cider. Or maybe bring holiday napkins.  But, this year, think twice before gifting alcohol.  

Toxic Beauty Products: Many cosmetics and bath and body products include toxic fragrances, allergens, endocrine disruptors and known carcinogens. To gift non-toxic beauty products, first check the ingredient labels. We have a link on the blog to a great tool that will check ingredients for you!     

Products Made of Plastic: Plastics can leach harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates. Plastic food storage and drink containers are especially problematic. When heated, even “microwave-safe” plastic can leach chemicals into food. Instead, gift items made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel. 

Non-Stick Cookware: Non-stick cookware, such as Teflon® products, are made with PFOAa known hormone disruptor. Many studies link PFOA exposure with breast cancer. Instead, gift ceramic or cast iron cookware. 

Water-Resistant or Stain-Resistant Clothing: As with non-stick cookware, most water- and stain-resistant clothing is made with highly-toxic PFOA. To limit exposure, gift clothing made of natural materials without the added chemical treatments.   

There you go: 5 gifts to avoid and some great, safer options to consider this holiday season. Happy holidays! 

1. Alcohol

While a bottle of wine or liquor is a common host or hostess gift during the holidays, it’s best to reconsider. Considerable research links drinking alcohol with breast cancer risk. Reducing consumption is extremely beneficial. Instead of a bottle of wine, consider bringing sparkling water, sparkling juice or cider, or even an herbal tonic. Or maybe a special food to share! You can even gift decorative napkins or simple housewares. This year, think twice before gifting alcohol.  

2. Toxic Beauty Products

Many cosmetics and bath and body products include toxic fragrancesallergens, endocrine disruptors and known carcinogens. Before you choose which beauty products to gift, first check the ingredient labels. Tools like Clearya, an app and browser extension, check the ingredients for you! You can also check out our Glossary of Exposures, highlighting substances with the strongest evidence linked to breast cancer that are best to avoid. 

3. Plastic

Plastics can leach harmful chemicals like BPA (bisphenol A), questionable BPA-substitutes like BPS, and phthalates. Plastic food storage and drink containers are especially problematic. When heated, even “microwave-safe” plastic can leach chemicals into food. Instead, gift items made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel.

4. Non-Stick Cookware

Non-stick cookware, such as Teflon® products, are made with perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA is a known endocrine (hormone) disruptor and many studies link PFOA exposure with breast cancer. Women, particularly pregnant women, and children are most vulnerable to the potential health effects of this exposure. To avoid harmful non-stick chemicals, gift ceramic or well-seasoned cast iron cookware, both of which are naturally non-stick!  

5. Water and Stain-Resistant Clothing

As with non-stick cookware, most water- and stain-resistant clothing is made with highly-toxic PFOA. To limit exposure to dangerous PFOA, gift clothing made of natural materials without the added chemical treatments.   


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Top 5 Holiday Gifts Ideas that Prevent Breast Cancer

Top 5 Holiday Gifts Ideas that Prevent Breast Cancer

With the holidays fast approaching, you may be searching for perfect gifts for your family and friends. Believe it or not, our shopping decisions can reduce the cancer risk for our loved ones. Our Paths to Prevention report identifies 23 known breast cancer risk factors.Read More

With the holidays fast approaching, you may be searching for perfect gifts for your family and friends. Believe it or not, our shopping decisions can reduce the cancer risk for our loved ones. Our Paths to Prevention report identifies 23 known breast cancer risk factors. Based on that research, we compiled a list of gift ideas which can reduce these risks for your family and friends!

Watch our video for the tips or read on.

Video Transcript

The holidays are upon us and I know you’re looking for the perfect gift for your friends and loved ones.  

I’m Andrea Dannenberg, a Breast Cancer Prevention Partners volunteer and breast cancer survivor.  

I’m going to share with you our Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas that can Prevent Breast Cancer!  

Yes, you heard that right: these gifts can help protect the health of those you care about.

1. Sleep Mask  

A sleep mask will give your loved ones a better night’s sleep 

And it can actually help reduce their risk of breast cancer!  

Light at nightthe streetlights outside your window and sleeping with the television or lights on— has been linked to increased breast cancer risk.  

So, gift better sleep AND lower their risk!  

I was shocked how much more soundly I sleep when I started using one. 

2. Homemade Bath and Beauty Gifts or Kids Art Supplies 

It’s really easy. A few simple ingredients are all you need to make non-toxic, bath products, safer cleaning products and awesome kids craft supplies 

We’ve posted recipes and ideas on our site that your family and friends will love! 

3. Gifts that Get Us Moving 

We all know that most of us don’t get enough exercise 

But, exercise at any age is protective against breast cancer.  

Consider gifts that will encourage your loved ones to move more.  

Maybe that’s sports equipment or an annual zoo or National Parks pass.  

Consider giving gifts that will inspire your friends and family to be more active.
 

4. HEPA Air Purifiers and Vacuum Cleaners 

HEPA filters are the best way to keep dust and harmful chemicals out of the air we breathe.  

Much of the furniture in our homes is likely treated with chemical flame retardants.  

These retardants use cancer-causing chemicals.  

But, we can reduce our loved one’s exposure to these chemicals by gifting air purifiers and vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters.  

5. Support Businesses that Fund Cancer Prevention 

Finally, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners has partnered with a number of socially responsible companies that fund BCPP’s work.  

2 for 1: you give a great gift and also support BCPP’s efforts to identify and eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to breast cancer.

So, there you have it: 5 great gift ideas that will help reduce breast cancer risk for your loved ones! Please check out our blog for more on the science behind these suggestions and for links to purchase some of the gifts mentioned. Happy holidays! 

1. Sleep Mask

A simple sleep mask will give your loved ones a better night’s sleep and can actually help prevent cancer! Light at night—including streetlights outside your window and sleeping with the television or lights on— has been linked to increased breast cancer risk. Gift your loves ones a better night’s sleep and protect their health! Our partner, Ettitude, offers a luxurious, non-toxic sleep mask.

2. Make Non-toxic Homemade Bath and Beauty Gifts

Who doesn’t love a thoughtful, homemade present? You would be surprised to see how simple it is to make non-toxic and luxurious bath products, cleaning products and kids’ craft supplies. We’ve compiled simple recipes your friends and family will love.

3. Gifts to Get Moving

We all know that most Americans don’t get enough exercise. Exercise at any age—from childhood through old age—is protective against breast cancer. Consider gifts that will encourage your loved ones to move more. Maybe that’s soccer equipment for your young niece or granddaughter. Or a new yoga mat for your best friend. Does Grandma enjoy birdwatching? Maybe a new set of binoculars or a birding guidebook will inspire her to get out, walk more and enjoy her hobby. Or maybe a family gift like a zoo membership or National Parks and Recreation Lands Pass will help your family get moving in 2021.

4. HEPA Air Filters & Vacuum Cleaners

HEPA filters are the best way to keep dust and harmful chemicals out of the air you breathe. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. These filters work by forcing air through a fine mesh. With the ongoing COVID pandemic, we’re all staying home more than before. But, that means we’re also exposed to harmful chemicals, such as flame retardants, commonly used in furniture and other household products. HEPA filters help remove cancer-causing chemicals from our air. What could be better?

5. Support Businesses that Fund Cancer Prevention

You can find wonderful gift ideas from socially responsible companies that help fund BCPP’s work at Purchases Supporting Prevention. These companies offer non-toxic gifts and also support BCPP’s work to identify and eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to breast cancer.


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