“Thank God for those writers, activists, and demonstrators who have the courage to dig around in the manure and expose hypocrisy,” my rector said this morning from the pulpit.
That was it!
I could have blogged about my contempt for pinkwashing, defined here as “the term used to describe the activities of companies and groups that position themselves as leaders in the struggle to eradicate breast cancer while engaging in practices that may be contributing to rising rates of the disease.” Or I could have asked why the many environmental links to cancer are not more widely acknowledged in our society.
But then again, why did I want to risk being pegged yet again as just one of those “hysterical Mommy bloggers?”
Sadly, many people shrug off cancer, perhaps as a means of coping with the fear of this horrible disease. “Everything causes cancer!,” they’ll joke. “We can’t live in bubble wrap,” they’ll say.
It doesn’t have to be this way. If we would only clean up our environment, ban known carcinogens from use in our personal care products and household cleansers, and prevent exterminators from spraying pesticides inside homes, we’d be well on our way to reducing and preventing the increasing numbers of breast cancers.
Don’t just take it from me. Listen to what these experts say about environmental linkages to cancer. And please check out the round-up of posts on this topic from the other members of the Green Moms Carnival. Among them are some experts as well. We’re posting Monday over at Nature Moms.
- The Breast Cancer Fund: “No more than 10 percent of breast cancers are genetic, and science points to toxic chemicals and radiation as factors in the sharp rise of breast cancer incidence.”
- Dr. Devra Lee Davis and the Environmental Health Trust. Dr. Davis says, “We should…find safer substitutes for the things we use every day that appear to be toxic, according to their labels…For nearly a century, the following things have been understood to cause cancer: tobacco, benzene, asbestos, tars, sunlight, hormones, and radiation.”
To be kept informed of the latest developments in the fight against cancer-causing environmental contaminants, follow these groups:
- Healthy Child, Healthy World
- Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
- Environmental Working Group
- Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
- Breast Cancer Action
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