How do we identify chemicals that cause breast cancer?
Although, studies in humans can yield meaningful results in the long-term, they are unable to serve populations at risk in the short term. We cannot wait for a whole community to be exposed to a chemical for decades to see if it causes breast cancer. Instead, we need new strategies today for identifying risky chemicals. To accelerate progress, Silent Spring is developing new cost-effective chemical screening tools and other methods to help zero in on those chemicals likely to increase breast cancer risk. The ultimate goal is to shift the burden so that it’s no longer on consumers to reduce their exposures to toxics, but on companies and regulators to ensure the chemicals that make their way into consumers products are safe.