Mother's Day is May 13 and this year,  consider honoring someone special by making a donation to MBCC or pledge someone on Against the Tide Mother's Team.


We have two great ways to let her know you're thinking of her this year.


Option 1 - Honor her with a gift to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, and receive a complimentary printable Mother's Day 8.511 poster card. Simply click "Donate Now" on the right. Be sure to mention Mother's Day in the comments section of our PayPal website, and we will email you a complimentary printable Mother's Day 8.511 poster card.


Option 2 - Honor her by supporting the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition's Against the Tide Mothers' Team, and receive a complimentary printable Mother's Day 8.511 poster card. Register and join the Mothers' Team here ($175 fundraising minimum) OR pledge someone on the Mothers' Team in Hopkinton or in Brewster  ($20 donation suggested to honor our 20th anniversary event, although we are grateful for any amount). After making your contribution, we will email you your complimentary printable Mother's Day 8.511 poster card.


As always, thank you for your support as we work toward the elimination of breast cancer by fighting for prevention.


Erin Boles, M.S.W.

Interim Executive Director

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Swim, Kayak, Walk or Run for Breast Cancer Prevention.

Call us at 617-376-6222 or email at to help us fight for breast cancer prevention! 

 Chemicals and Breast Cancer: Building on National Initiatives for Chemical Safety Screening


Understanding how exposure to chemicals in the environment may raise the risk of breast cancer could offer clues to preventing the disease. Currently, the vast majority of chemicals found in homes, consumer products, and the environment have not been safety-tested. For those chemicals that are tested, most of the methods used are not designed to detect chemical effects specific to breast cancer, and they are typically too time- and resource-intensive to screen the tens of thousands of chemicals already on the market. Improving chemical testing methods was a primary research recommendation in the recent report from the Institute of Medicine "Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach."


To increase the relevance of chemical testing to breast cancer, we will develop new screening methods, adapting cell-based (in vitro) chemical tests for use in breast cells and developing new assays, such as those for the mammary-cell specific enzymes involved in estrogen production. By conducting the new tests using animal mammary carcinogens, as well as chemicals that do not cause cancer in animal models, we aim to identify the assays that best predict which chemicals might contribute to the disease.


Results will improve the ability to screen large numbers of chemicals as well as chemical mixtures, such as those in consumer products, house dust, drinking water, and air. The new screening tools could inform the design of safer chemicals (green chemistry), enable manufacturers to select better materials, help regulatory agencies identify chemicals of concern, and contribute to the understanding of environmental factors that contribute to breast cancer risk.


This project is a collaboration between scientists at Silent Spring Institute , University of California-Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the US Environmental Protection Agency National Center for Computational Toxicology. An Advisory Council consisting of members of the breast cancer advocacy community provides input to the project and assists with disseminating research findings to policymakers and affected communities.


The project is funded by a 3-year grant from the California Breast Cancer Research Program.


It builds on major new initiatives at the US Environmental Protection Agency (ToxCast) and the National Toxicology Program (Tox21), both of which are developing rapid chemical screening methods to fill current gaps in chemical safety evaluation. The project would be strengthened by additional funding to increase the number of chemicals that can be tested. Testing more chemicals would increase the project's statistical power to discriminate between the breast 

carcinogens and other chemicals.
In the News:

On Flame Retardants - Did you know that your couch most likely contains up to a pound of flame retardants? And that these are toxic chemicals that may cause cancer, harm reproduction, or adversely impact brain development? More from Harvard School of Public Health...


On Overdiagnosis - New Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research suggests that routine mammography screening-long viewed as an essential tool in detecting early breast cancers-may in fact lead to a significant amount of overdiagnosis of disease that would otherwise have proved harmless. Based on a study of women in Norway, the researchers estimate that between 15% and 25% of breast cancer cases are overdiagnosed. More from Harvard School of Public Health... 


On New Cancer SubtypesWe've known for some time that breast cancer was more than just one disease. Currently, we think of it as divided into five or six categories, and we classify it-and treat it-according to whether the tumor responds to estrogen or is HER2-positive. In the future, the findings from a newstudy that divided cancers into subtypes based on their genetic fingerprints may make it possible for us to develop new treatments and new treatment strategies. More from Dr. Susan Love...


In This Newsletter:

Happy Mother's Day

Get Involved

Silent Spring Chemical Safety Screening Project

In the News - Flame Retardants, Mammography and Overdiagnosis, and New Cancer Subtypes


Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition 

1419 Hancock Street, Suite 202

Quincy, Massachusetts 02169 

Phone: 617-376-6222

Fax: 617-376-6221




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