Breast cancer and the environment

The Cancer-Smart Guide to Breast Cancer Prevention

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Toxic Free Canada
Publication Date: 
2011
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Vancouver, BC

A free 24-page downloadable guide to peer-reviewed research on breast cancer prevention.

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ISBN 978-0-9735886-5-1

Toxic Free Canada

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Advocacy
Community education/development

Brings together environmentalists and health activists, unions and green businesses, parents and teachers, scientists and cancer prevention advocates to eliminate health and environmental toxins and reduce our carbon footprint on the planet. 

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604-669-1921
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http://www.toxicfreecanada.ca/contact-us.asp
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PO Box 1010 2480 East Hastings St.
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Vancouver
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BC
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V5K 1Z
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Canada

Chemical exposures of women workers in the plastics industry with particular reference to breast cancer and reproductive hazards

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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
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Robert Dematteo
Anne Rochon Ford
Margaret M. Keith
Michael Gilbertson
James T. Brophy
Jyoti Pharityal
Anne Wordsworth
Magali Rootham
Andrew E. Watterson
Dayna Nadine Scott
Matthias Beck
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Vol. 22(4) 427-448
Publisher: 
New Solutions (Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.)
Publication Date: 
2012

Explores the occupational exposures in producing plastics and health risks to workers, particularly women, who make up a large part of the workforce. Demonstrates that workers are exposed to chemicals that have been identified as mammary carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals, and that the work environment is heavily contaminated with dust and fumes. Finds that, as a consequence, plastics workers have a body burden of environmental contaminants that far exceeds that found in the general public.

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This research was funded by Health Canada in the form of a grant to the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health at York University and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation–Ontario Region.

Breasts: A natural and unnatural history

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English
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Florence Williams
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WW Norton and Co.
Publication Date: 
2012
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New York, NY

Written by science journalist Florence Williams who discusses the latest science from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine as it relates to breast health. Investigates the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause. Examines examines how our breasts and our environment are intricately related because breasts are made up of fat and glandular tissue and more easily absorb chemical toxins from the environment than do many other parts of our body. 

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0393063186
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Hardcover, 352 pages, includes bibliographical references.

Book review - Breasts: A natural and unnatural history

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Compte rendu de livre - Breasts: A natural and unnatural History
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
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Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
2012

Reviews the book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams. Breasts examines how our breasts and our environment are intricately related because breasts are made up of fat and glandular tissue and more easily absorb chemical toxins from the environment than do many other parts of our body.

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Hazardous substances: plastics

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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
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Canadian Auto Workers
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2011
Publication Place: 
Ontario

Factsheet detailing the various plastics that workers may come in contact with in the auto industry, and how contact with these plastics may affect their health.

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Chemical exposure and plastics production: issues for women's health

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Exposition à des produits chimiques et production des matières plastiques : problèmes pour la santé des femmes
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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
Author: 
Robert DeMatteo
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National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

A literature review of chemical exposure and plastics production as it relates to women's health.

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Contains bibliographical references.

NNEWH Plastics workshop (video series)

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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
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National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Windsor, ON

Fourteen videos documenting a workshop hosted by NNEWH in partnership with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) in January 2012 in Windsor, Ontario. The workshop dealt with recent studies on the emerging health concerns for women workers in the auto sector, specifically plastics manufacturing and the possible elevated incidence of breast cancer and reproductive problems in women plastics workers. 

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Defining endocrine disruptors: are women workers in the automotive plastics industry particularly at risk?

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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
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National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

A clear language factsheet describing the possible health dangers from chemical expsurres experienced by women who work in the automotive plastics industry.  Exposures described are mainly by breathing the fumes and dusts, and also by absorption through the skin. Many of these chemicals interfere with hormone systems and are therefore called endocrine disruptors.

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Not a flower shop: exploring breast cancer risk and gender bias ... in the automotive plastic parts industry in Ontario

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Pas un magasin de fleurs : Une exploration des risques de cancer du sein et des préjugés liés au genre ... dans l’industrie des pièces d’automobile en plastique en Ontario
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
Author: 
Mary-Louise Leidl
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Summer 2012
Publisher: 
CWHN Network
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Discusses the work of researchers Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith who have studied the links between cancer risk and occupation in the automovie plastics industry in Sarnia, Ontario. Much of the material used in this article is drawn from the chapter entitled “Plastics Industry Workers and Breast Cancer Risk: Are We Heeding the Warnings?” in the book Consuming Chemicals: Law, Science and Policy for Women's Health, edited by D.N. Scott and written by Brophy, Keith, and fellow researchers Robert DeMatteo, Michael Gilbertson, Andrew Watterson and Matthias Beck. 

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Includes references.
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