Written By: Jayla Burton, Program Officer
Every year in the U.S., more than a quarter of a million people are diagnosed with breast cancer—a number that continues to rise. Many of these people have no family history of the disease, which raises the question “What causes breast cancer?” Increasingly, researchers are finding environmental links to the disease, including exposure to fossil fuel-based chemicals.
Join me, Jayla Burton Program Officer with Breast Cancer Action alongside two panelists: an expert scientist, and a grassroots leader as we discuss fossil fuels’ connection to breast cancer and which communities are impacted the most.
Our guest speakers are Kathryn Rodgers, Staff Scientist with Silent Spring Institute, and Monic Uriarte, Community Organizer and Health Promoter with Esperanza Community Housing Corporation.
At Breast Cancer Action, we focus on true prevention of breast cancer. We make the connections between environmental injustices and corporate profiteering – both symptoms of the fossil fuel economy – and the public health crisis that is the breast cancer epidemic.
Fossil fuels take many forms, including oil, gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and coal. Many chemicals in our air, water, food, and everyday items come from extracting, processing, and burning fossil fuels. The use of fossil fuels not only contributes to climate change, but it may also increase our risk of developing breast cancer.
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