Female Firefighters and Breast Cancer Risk
All too often we’re told that “lifestyle changes” will help reduce our risk of breast cancer. But what if our job exposes us to cancer-linked toxins?
Join BCAction and guest experts for a webinar about breast cancer risk for female firefighters. Many occupations expose women to toxic chemicals, and a new groundbreaking study may help us understand more about how chemical exposures on the job impact women’s health.
We’ll discuss the groundbreaking Women’s Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative Study, which explores how chemical exposures on the job impact female firefighters’s health, including breast cancer risk. We’re excited to host this webinar with three dynamic presenters:
- Heather Buren, Lieutenant and Paramedic in the San Francisco Fire Department and United Fire Service Women (UFSW) President;
- Connie Engel, Science & Education Manager at the Breast Cancer Fund and;
- Rachel Morello-Frosh, Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and Principal Investigator on the Women’s Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative Study.
Cancer rates are higher among firefighters than the general population. And women firefighters in San Francisco are specifically concerned about the number of younger women in their ranks facing a breast cancer diagnosis. Simply telling women to “avoid toxic chemicals” isn’t helpful advice when you’re exposed every day as part of your job. Understanding how occupational exposures impact women’s health can point us toward systemic solutions that protect women’s health as a way to address the breast cancer epidemic.
Can’t make it at this time? No worries; register anyway, and we’ll send you a recording of the complete webinar so you can tune in whenever is convenient for you.