Environmental hazards

Environmental hazards

Plastics industry workers and breast cancer risk: Q & A

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Les travailleuses de l’industrie des matières plastiques et le risque du cancer du sein : Q et R
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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
Publisher: 
National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

A question and answer format factsheet on the health issues facing women who work in industries, such as the automotive industry, in which they work with plastics. Discusses the risk of developing breast cancer due to these exposures, the current situation with occupational health standards, and what should be done to change those standards.

Human fertility under attack: from research to action on phthalates and endocrine disruptors

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English
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Film
Online
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Réseau Environnement Santé
Publication Date: 
April 10, 2012
Publication Place: 
Paris, France

A video of an address by Dr. Shanna Swan to the Assemblée Nationale colloquium on endocrine disruptors, focussing on phtalates and fertility.

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Rethinking breast cancer and the environment: the case for the precautionary principle

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Online
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Devra Lee Davis
Deborah Axelrod
Lisa Bailey
Mitchell Gaynor
Annie J. Sasco
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Volume 106, Number 9
Publisher: 
Environmental Health Perspectives
Publication Date: 
September 1998

Provides a framework for examining and determining the environmental causes of breast cancer. 

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Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (2.8M), or click on an image on the Abstract page to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Women in Europe for a Common Future

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All women
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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
Français
German
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Advocacy
Policy development
Research

International network of over 100 women’s, environmental and health organisations implementing projects in 40 countries and advocating globally for a healthy environment for all. Strives for balancing the environment, health and economy, taking the different needs and perspectives of women and men into account. Enables women and men to participate at local and global levels in policy processes for sustainable development. Implements solutions locally and influences policy internationally.

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wecf@wecf.eu
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Neurotoxic exposures and effects: gender and sex matter!

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English
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Online
Paper
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Donna Mergler
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Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2012, Pages 644–651
Publisher: 
NeuroToxicology (Elsevier)
Publication Date: 
2012

Discusses how environmental and occupational neurotoxicology research continues to confuse the terms sex (biological attributes) and gender (socially constructed roles and behavior) and to use these words interchangeably. Notes studies that examine both males and females, providing evidence for sex differences in toxicokinetics and responses to neurotoxic assault as well as gender differences in exposure patterns, biomarkers of exposure, neurobehavioral performance and social consequences. Argues that integrating sex and gender considerations into research in neurotoxicology would not only provide us with a better understanding of the mechanisms and pathways that lead to toxic assault, but also provide a means to improve preventive intervention strategies.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Governmental Body
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Spanish
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Research
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Policy development

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

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http://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/contactus.html
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ACTor

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English
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Online
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s online warehouse of all publicly available data about potential chemical risks to human health and the environment. Aggregates data from over 1000 public sources on over 500,000 environmental chemicals searchable by chemical name, other identifiers and by chemical structure. 

Prenatal origins of cancer

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The Endocrine Disruption Exchange
Publication Date: 
2007

Summarizes the scientific research on the relationship between exposure to endocrine disruptors prior to birth and cancer, either in childhood or later life.  Exposures occur in one or both parents prior to conception, or to the mother during pregnancy.  Information is presented in summary form, in graphs, tables and additional analyses. 

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Contains graphs and bibliographical references.

Silent Spring Institute Guide to cohort studies for environmental breast cancer research

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Silent Spring Institute
Publication Place: 
Newton, MA, USA

An interactive tool for increasing researchers’ access to critical data from cohort studies. This tool contains key information about 50 ongoing cohort studies in which women’s health status was assessed over time and environmental and other exposure data were either collected or could be derived. Researchers can use the tool to learn more about the studies and gain ideas for potential collaboration.

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Silent Spring Insititute

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
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Research

Staffed by researchers who partner with physicians, public health and community advocates and other scientists to identify and break the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health, especially breast cancer. 

Contact Info
Primary Telephone: 
617.332.4288
Email Address: 
info@silentspring.org
Fax Number: 
617.332.4284
Street Address: 
29 Crafts Street
City: 
Newton
Province: 
MA
Postal/ZIP Code: 
02458
Country: 
USA
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