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WECF and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Breast Cancer: Policy and Prevention

WECF training programmes and capacity building on gender and sustainability

International “Nesting” programme – A Healthy Environment for Healthy Children

Women's Major Group -Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 Development Agenda

WECF representation in international and UN policy processes

Safe and Sustainable Sanitation for Women and Girls

EDC Free Coalition Public Consultation

Asbestos: a silent killer on a global scale – substitute it now!

WHO European Environment and Health Process (EEHP)

EVENT: WHO 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Ostrava

EVENT: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Conference of the Parties, 2017

EVENT: Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards, COP22, Marrakesh

EVENT: WECF on the road to the COP22

Women and Gender Constituency at UNFCCC

Women's Global Call for Climate Justice

EVENT: WECF at the COP21

Don't Nuke the Climate - Paris 2015

Gender E3 Working Group in the European Parliament

Women and Gender Constituency at COP20 Lima, Peru

UNECEs 5th MOP to the Aarhus Convention, Maastricht 2014

Nuclear Power is not a solution to climate change – plug into renewables

WECF at the COP19 in Warsaw: Climate Finance and Gender Equality

International ‘Safe Toys’ Coalition – toxic free children products

Online discussion group INTERA

UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 - Rio +20

Toxic free beauty - safe cosmetics

The Golden Nuclear Fuelrod Award

ToNi-Finder - WECF's Map for Sustainable School Toilets and Nitrate Levels

Children's Environmental Health Award 2010

Children's Environmental Action Plan for Europe

REACH - Eliminating Toxic Chemicals in the EU

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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"Women are exposed to hazardous chemicals not only differently than men, but they also have a higher susceptibility to them"
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"From Science to Prevention": WECF organized international conference on breast cancer
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Delays are wasting opportunities for prevention of chronic disease and healthcare savings
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Why aren't we up in arms?
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Avoid Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) – German Advocacy Campaign
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Brustkrebs ist keine Geschäftsidee - Gemeinsame Erklärung zum „Brustkrebsmonat“
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Scientists and health professionals urge UN and WHO to tackle the challenge of non-communicable diseases by global action
United Nations High Level Expert Committee Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases at the global level, 19th-20th September: will action follow the Asturias declaration?
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WECF Pressemitteilung: Wenn Umwelt krank macht – Umweltbelastung und Brustkrebs
WECF und AKF nehmen mit der neuen Broschüre „Die verkannte Gefahr - Umweltbelastung und Brustkrebs“ den Zusammenhang von Umweltbelastungen und Brustkrebs unter die Lupe und fordert mehr politisches Engagement
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European food panel fails to protect EU citizen’s health from plastic component, BPA
The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), WWF, CHEM Trust and Breast Cancer UK are dismayed at today's conclusion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that no stronger protection for public health is needed from the controversial synthetic chemical bisphenol A (BPA)
07.10.2010 | HEAL

Risk of breast cancer
Recent research suggests that the risk of breast cancer is higher among women who try to keep their houses clean and fragrant. Usage of fresheners, mould removers and cleaning products is linked to appearance of breast cancer.
02.08.2010 | Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Massachusetts, USA

Cancer Action NY Files Complaint Against US EPA Alleging Chemical Industry Control
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President's Cancer Panel: Environmentally caused cancers are 'grossly underestimated' and 'needlessly devastate American lives".
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Joint action of NGOs and scientists to call for a reduction of BPA exposure, especially for children and pregnant women
WECF signed a letter to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) pointing out new scientific data and the need for a stricter regulation of BPA.
23.06.2010 | Alexandra Caterbow

Un Plan cancer sans prévention primaire (A plan for cancer but without primary prevention )
France's Second Cancer Plan (2009-2013) – WECF’s position
12.11.2009 | Press Release WECF France

'Le rôle de l’environnement dans le cancer du sein', tel est le titre de la brochure présentée par WECF France
WECF France presented the brochure at the Congress 'Un autre regard sur le Cancer', held in Aix en Provence on 17 and 18 April
20.04.2009 | WECF Press Release

Duizenden gevallen van borstkanker kunnen worden voorkomen
WECF artikel in VAMP, Magazine voor Vrouwelijke Artsen Met Power
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October Breast Cancer Month: Beauticians magazine publishes article on WECF Brochure
Article in Estheticienne on 'Linking Breast Cancer and the Environment' (text in Dutch)
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Breast is best, concludes a new scientific review
Despite the health risks posed by contaminants, breastfeeding nearly always remains the optimal choice for infant feeding.
31.10.2008 | Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Environmental factors increase breast cancer risk! WECF launches Dutch Brochure
WECF, Platform Gezondheid en Milieu, Vrouw en Milieu and Ecobaby have launched Dutch brochure on Breast Cancer and the Evironment
17.10.2008 | WECF Press Release

Borstkanker en Milieu - Naar een Preventief Beleid (Dutch publication of WECF Brochure 'Linking Breast Cancer and the Environment')
WECF launched Dutch adaptation of report 'Linking Breastcancer and the Environment'

First Reach substance hit-list emerges
The European chemicals agency has published a first draft list of substances that could eventually be subject to tough authorisation requirements prohibiting marketing and use unless firms can show there is a compelling reason to allow them.
04.07.2008 | ENDS Europe DAILY

Chemicals may increase breast cancer risk
Natural and synthetic estrogens are well-known risk factor for developing breast cancer. Manmade chemicals with oestrogen effect may also raise risk for breast cancer. That is shown by new report “Breast cancer and exposure to hormonally active chemicals: An appraisal of the scientific evidence”.
13.06.2008 | CASCADE newsletter

Board Europa Donna Germany has stepped back
Major breakthrough in the interest of women with breast cancer. German board stepped back because of discontent with financial dependence on pharmaceutical industry by mother organisation Europa Donna Europe
12.05.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche

Prevention is the cure!
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16.04.2008 | Chantal van den Bossche

European Parliament passed important resolution on combatting cancer
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Politics and Prevention
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Cancer and Environmental Chemicals
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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