5 Things You Can Do to Help End the Breast Cancer Epidemic Today

AlyssaBy Alyssa Figueroa, Campaigns Coordinator

We don’t have “Action” in our name for nothing.

Since we last talked to you, we’ve been working on several fronts as the watchdog for the breast cancer movement. Here’s a brief update on what we’ve been up to—and several ways you can take action to demand systemic change to help end the breast cancer epidemic.

  1. New Mammography Screening Recommendations: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released a draft of their new breast cancer screening recommendations, which don’t go far enough in following the evidence about the shortcomings of mammography. Read and share our executive director Karuna Jaggar’s commentary in the Washington Post.
  2. Regulation of Toxic Chemicals: Each day, we’re all exposed to chemicals that increase our risk of breast cancer. That’s why we need true reform of our chemical safety laws. But an industry-friendly bill is set to make current regulations even worse and further endanger public health. Tell your Representative to oppose this bill now.
  3. New Genetic Test for Breast Cancer:  A Bay Area company recently launched a low-cost genetic test for breast cancer. While we’ve worked to ensure more affordable genetic testing, we will also continue to demand that genetic testing is clinically validated so women are getting good information. Watch and share our interview with our local ABC-7 News affiliate.
  4. Fracking on Public Lands: More than 700 chemicals are used in the fracking process, and 25% of them are linked to cancer. That’s why we’re pushing for a fracking ban on public lands. Tell your Representative to co-sponsor the strongest piece of federal legislation against fracking to date.
  5. Lymphedema Treatment Act: Lymphedema is a common, debilitating side effect of breast cancer treatment. But not all women can afford the care they need. That’s why we’re joining our friends at the Lymphedema Advocacy Group in supporting the Lymphedema Treatment Act, which would require Medicare to cover lymphedema treatment. Tell your representative to support the Act today.

P.S. We refuse corporate funding from companies that profit from or contribute to breast cancer. Your donation of $25 today will help us remain the independent watchdog for the breast cancer movement. Thank you for your support.

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