State of the Evidence 2017

At a Glance Background: In this review, published in the journal Environmental Health, we examine the continually expanding and increasingly compelling data linking radiation and various chemicals in our environment to the current high incidence of breast cancer....

1,3-Butadiene

At a Glance 1,3-butadiene is a chemical processed from petroleum.[i] It is most commonly used in the production of rubber. 1,3-butadiene has been listed as a human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program and by the Environmental Protection Agency.[ii],[iii] What...

Cleaning Products

At a Glance Are the products we use to clean our homes and workplaces—dish soaps, laundry detergents, disinfectants, glass cleaners, carpet cleaners, stain removers, air fresheners, all-purpose cleaners, and more—truly safe? When we breathe in a fresh scent, most of...

Market Actions on BPA

At a Glance BCPP has been at the forefront of educating the public and policymakers about the dangers of bisphenol A (BPA) since 2006. The visibility and pressure created by BCPP and allies, along with emerging science, has brought BPA to the forefront of the federal...

BPA Laws and Regulations

At a Glance Bisphenol A (BPA) is an estrogenic chemical used in products such as soft plastics, thermal cash-register receipts, and dental sealants. We get most of our exposure to this chemical by eating canned food—the cans are lined with BPA which leaches into the...

Food Packaging

At a Glance Our regulatory system governing the use of chemicals in food packaging falls far short of ensuring that these chemicals are safe. We know from research studies that chemicals present in food packaging routinely leach into food and enter people’s bodies. In...

Mixtures & Interactions

At a Glance In our everyday lives, we are exposed to multiple repeated low doses of the same chemical and also to mixtures of exposures that may act together to increase risk of disease, including breast cancer. The social and biological contexts in which those...

Low Dose Effects and Timing of Exposures

At a Glance For many years it was believed that the harmful effects of all toxic chemicals increased with an increasing dose or exposure, and that there was a low threshold dose below which there was no harmful effect. It was also assumed that both adults and children...

Hormone Disruption and Breast Development

At a Glance The endocrine system is comprised of glands that secrete hormones—chemical substances that travel in the bloodstream to target tissues, where they help to regulate body growth and direct the development and functioning of primary and secondary sexual...

Genetics

At a Glance Cancer cells behave differently than normal, healthy cells and tissues. For a long time, cancer was thought to occur because of mutations in the genes (DNA) in individual cells. Newer understandings suggest that the picture is more complex. There are three...