No More Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer UK was a part of the No More Breast Cancer Campaign, a coalition that came together to raise awareness and take action on the links between environmental pollutants and breast cancer.
Why was the campaign established?
The No More Breast Cancer Campaign was established in 2005 by a group of individuals that shared concerns about the impact our exposure to synthetic chemicals were having on human health. The group went on to attract the support of a wide range of interest groups including unions, NGOs and retailers.
The campaign grew out of a report published by the UK Working Group on the Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer entitled Breast cancer: an environmental disease. This report illustrated how daily exposure to synthetic chemicals used in pesticides, plastics and industrial manufacturing and present in our diet, air, cosmetics, soil, water and workplace were putting people at increased risk of ill health.
What did the campaign call for?
The No More Breast Cancer campaign called for:
- government, industry and the mainstream cancer establishment to acknowledge that 'lifestyle factors' (lack of exercise, smoking, alcohol) and 'established risk factors' (obesity, age, late-onset menopause, late first pregnancy) do not adequately account for the alarming rise in breast cancer rates;
- acknowledgement that low-level, life-long exposure to a toxic cocktail of cancer-causing chemicals and hormone disruptors in our everyday environment is linked to the rising incidence of this disease;
- a strategic plan to reduce exposure to environmental pollutants that prioritises primary prevention - not just early detection - of the disease;
- a national programme to establish which chemical pollutants are in breast tissue and breast milk (while supporting breast-feeding) and to monitor their health effects;
- research into the long-term health of people who minimise their own chemical exposures, for example by eating an exclusively organic diet;
- investment in developing more green technologies that offer alternatives to our current dependency on toxic chemicals found in everyday products.
Who was it supported by?
The campaign was supported by numerous organisations including the Scottish Breast Cancer Campaign, Women’s Environmental Network and Unison as well as a number of European Union networks focussing on health and environmental issues.
The campaign ran until 2008 but Breast Cancer UK continues to work towards its aims and continues to work with partners to promote awareness, understanding and action on the issue of chemical pollutants and breast cancer.
How can I find out more?
To find our more about the No More Breast Cancer campaign, please visit the website.