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Breast Cancer: Policy and Prevention

Linking Breast cancer and our environment; is chemical exposure the missing link factor in the rise of the breast cancer epidemic?

| WECF Campaign


Countries: EU
Donors: WECF; European Commission DG-Environment
Partners: WECF Netherlands, WECF Germany, WECF United Kingdom
Issues: Chemicals & Health, Gender & Rights
Duration: 01/2007 - 12/2025

Is chemical exposure the missing link factor in breast cancer?
Mounting evidence points to exposure to environmental contaminants as a major concern in relation to rising cases of breast cancer. WECF, as the women's organisation on health and the environment, calls on the EU for a strategy on the primary prevention of breast cancer.

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Project Description

This project focuses on the current epidemic of breast cancer which cripples health budgets all over the EU and links it with chemical exposure. What if this epidemic was preventable? To highlight the neglect of the risk factors, WECF released a a reporton January 8th focusing on the missing link between breast cancer and the environment.

The 20 paged publication explores the politics of prevention and asks why primary prevention is being ignored in favour of an unsustainable and costly epidemic. Survival rates continue to fall despite increased spending. Every 6 minutes a woman dies from breast cancer in the EU.

WECF, as the women's organisation on health and the environment, calls on the EU for a strategy on the primary prevention of breast cancer.This publication focuses on the current epidemic of breast cancer which cripples health budgets all over the EU and links it with chemical exposure. What if this epidemic was preventable