Help us get EDCs removed from everyday products.

No one’s health should be put at risk because of exposure to the harmful chemicals found in everyday products and the environment.

We’re exposed to hundreds of synthetic chemicals, as we go about our daily lives, which may be harming our health including our risk of breast cancer:

  • Parabens in our cosmetics
  • Flame retardants in our mattresses and carpets
  • Certain pesticides in our food
  • Forever chemicals, such as PFAS, found in greaseproof paper and the wider environment polluting our drinking water and soil.

It’s impossible to avoid every synthetic chemical that may be hazardous. But we have a right to live in an environment that doesn’t harm our health and that of future generations.

Known EDCs are used widely in products.  As more evidence emerges regarding the full health implications of these synthetic chemicals, we need to adopt a precautionary approach to their use.*

We must urge the UK Government to strengthen public protections to ensure known EDCs are removed from products to safeguard public health and the environment and to support breast cancer prevention.

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EDCs are used in thousands of products. 

Yet they have been linked to breast cancer, infertility and other health issues.

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What other people say

It's time to acknowledge EDC exposures as a risk factor

Many hundreds of EDCs have now been measured in human breast tissue, and long-term exposure to these low-dose mixtures may provide an explanation for the rising incidence of breast cancer.

With oestrogen being a risk factor for breast cancer, and many EDCs interfering in oestrogen action, it is time to acknowledge EDC exposures as a risk factor for breast cancer and to include reduction in EDC exposure as a preventative strategy. **



Professor Philippa D. Darbre, University of Reading

Tougher regulation is needed

Toxic chemicals, some of which are known EDCs, are in everyday products from fragrances to flame retardants. We need to remove the hazard completely, not just reduce the risk. That’s why more stringent regulation is essential.

Anna Turns author

Anna Turns, Environmental Journalist

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With your support, our scientists can carry out vital animal-free research into the links between EDCs and breast cancer risk.


* Precautionary approach (or principle)means that while we don’t understand the full extent of the risk EDCs pose to health and the environment, we must take protective steps to avoid future harm.

** Professor Darbre has published a book, Endocrine Disruption and Human Health (Sep 2021) and published a recent scientific paper on the subject, Endocrine disrupting chemicals and breast cancer cells published in Advances in Pharmacology.