Posted on April 25, 2024

By Haleemah Atobiloye, Program Manager

We’re truth-tellers. And our unique role within the breast cancer landscape includes staying up-to-date on the latest developments in breast cancer, and translating them into unbiased, patient-centered resources.

We update our fact sheets to reflect the current science and research, in order to equip you with accurate information for navigating the issues related to your breast and chest health.

The BCAction team has been busy researching three of our info-packed fact sheets. These resources provide information on the need for primary breast cancer prevention strategies, environmental factors affecting risk, and common misconceptions about breast cancer.

Access our fact sheets now.

Breast Cancer Risks: Facts & Myths

This is a guide to understanding and navigating breast cancer risks in which we clarify common misconceptions and misinformation. We present evidence-based information on topics including abortion, alcohol consumption, antiperspirants, birth control pills, bras, high-fat diet and obesity, hormone therapy, and radiation, among others.

We also discuss breast cancer “risk reducers,” such as breast- and chest-feeding, nutrition, exercise, prophylactic mastectomy, and pills for prevention. Taken together, we share the importance of informed decision-making and highlight the pressing need for systemic changes that will address environmental factors that increase our risk of breast cancer.

See how we separate fact from fiction in this fact sheet.

Pills for Prevention

Since the launch of Breast Cancer Action in 1990, we have focused on the root causes of the disease to better understand how to stop breast cancer before it starts. This fact sheet explains our opposition to the use of medication-based approaches to prevention, and we emphasize the need to identify and address the leading cause of the disease – our toxic environment.

Read the straight talk we’re known for in this resource.

In this fact sheet, we discuss the history and outcomes of clinical trials testing drugs like tamoxifen and raloxifene for breast cancer “prevention.” We raise concerns about the safety and efficacy of “chemoprevention” drugs, pointing out the potential harms that often outweigh the benefits. We conclude by sharing our position on the phenomenon of “prevention creep,” wherein drugs initially used for treatment are later promoted for prevention, potentially leading to over-medicalization and exposure to additional risks. 

Breast Cancer and the Environment

Established risk factors account for only a small portion of breast cancer cases, while the body of evidence linking environmental exposures to increased breast cancer risk continues to grow. Here we cover exposures stemming from a wide array of chemicals and toxins present in our daily lives, from sources such as food, consumer products, and environmental pollutants. Despite the prevalence of these exposures, regulatory oversight remains inadequate, with existing laws falling short of ensuring the safety of chemicals and products.

Read why we demand better chemical regulation in this fact sheet now.

We use a social justice lens to highlight the disproportionate burden of chemical exposure borne by marginalized communities and call for regulatory practices that prioritize health equity. And finally, we continue to highlight the need for comprehensive chemical policy reform to prevent harmful exposures and protect public health for all.

We continue to educate ourselves and our community in order to strengthen the understanding necessary for navigating the breast cancer terrain, for yourself or a loved one, with confidence and compassion.

Thank you for being an integral part of our community and for your unwavering support in our shared mission.