Prioritizing Prevention

In order to lift the burden of breast cancer, prevention through the identification of modifiable risk factors—those we can change—must be a priority.

Despite medical advances, breast cancer remains the most common cancer in the United States. Although cures are important, investing in prevention will have a much larger impact on society by reducing the incidence of the disease and sparing people from the medical, psychological, and financial burdens of a cancer diagnosis. Research shows more than half of cancers are preventable and that environmental chemicals are important contributing factors. Because many chemical hazards are ones we can avoid, they represent important opportunities for prevention. Our research is guided by the principle that when significant risks to public health are suspected, efforts should be made to reduce those risks, and that evidence of harm, rather than definitive proof, should prompt action.

Related Projects

We are developing ultra-fast chemical screening tools that will allow researchers to identify chemicals that increase breast cancer risk.

Our mission is to make human health an integral part of sustainability practices on college campuses by raising awareness of the link between health and exposure to everyday toxic chemicals. 

With an eye on prevention, we developed Detox Me, a free mobile app to help consumers reduce their exposures to toxic chemicals in their everyday environment.