By Jayla Burton, Program Manager
When government agencies and corporate leaders agree to make changes but then only do the bare minimum required of them, sometimes their efforts are the result of a conservative approach or a bureaucracy of red tape. But sometimes their inaction is an outright deception, done to placate organizers, grassroots movements, and the general public while maintaining the status quo of their operations.
With the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) lack of response to our request to produce and disseminate the most accurate information on environmental exposures and breast cancer risk, their changes are at best the former, and at worst, as we fear, the latter.
The NCI is trying to appease breast cancer activists like us by acknowledging the link between environmental exposures and breast cancer, while actively undermining the science.
We’re the breast cancer industry watchdog, and we won’t be placated. Join us today by telling the NCI their revisions aren’t enough, and we demand more. We envision a world where we don’t have to go neck and neck with industry polluters and ask for basic protections through laws and regulations. We can’t get there unless there is a fundamental change in how breast cancer prevention is understood and addressed.
We want a world in which those agencies take care of our environment and put public health first. We will continue to push for the links between environmental exposures and breast cancer risk to be readily acknowledged by the leading cancer agencies. Until that day, we’ll keep driving the science forward.