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Monday, May 12, 2014

On the subject of women, this Mother's Day week....

Studies that address toxic chemical exposure account for just a drop in the bucket of money spent on breast cancer.

"The study by researchers at the Silent Spring Institute and Harvard School of Public Health was published Monday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "Every woman in America has been exposed to chemicals that may increase her risk of getting breast cancer. Unfortunately, the link between toxic chemicals and breast cancer has largely been ignored," Julia Brody, PhD, study author and Executive Director at Silent Spring Institute, said in a statement. More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year, but the SSI states that only "5‐10 percent of those (breast cancers) are due to high‐risk inherited genes," emphasizing the need for research on environmental exposure-related diagnoses. Yet "studies that address toxic chemical exposure account for just a drop in the bucket of money spent on breast cancer," Brody stated. (As a cancer-surviving friend's sign on Mother's Day at the Komen Race for the Cure states: "What about prevention?" Lots of $$$ spent studying cures, while all the poisoning continues and increases, if you live in industrial zones...like the Marcellus Shale.)

The (identified chemicals) include chemicals in gasoline, diesel and other exhaust, flame retardants, stain-resistant textiles, paint removers, and disinfection byproducts in drinking water. Among the specific chemicals on the list of 17 are benzene, which can be found in gasoline, vehicle exhaust, tobacco smoke and solvents; styrene, found in building materials and consumer products made from polystyrene, indoor air, cigarette smoke, polystyrene food packaging; and PFOA and related compounds, which can be found in grease-, water- and stain-proof coatings, or contaminated drinking water. The list also includes endocrine disruptors, which have received increased attention in recent years due to their connection to products containing BPA."

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/12-2 and http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1307455/

And it is no secret - it is a well-documented fact* - that fracking emits endocrine-disrupting compounds...but hey, living in PA, on top of the Marcellus Shale involves risk, right? (As in "they profit, we absorb the risk.") One guy's response to that risk of fracking? "Hey, '%&#*' happens!" Nice of him, being a guy, being so willing to risk vulnerable breasts for his convenience. Gotta love the thoughtful men among us.
*http://endocrinedisruption.org/chemicals-in-natural-gas-operations/introduction