Link Between Environment and Cancer Is Going Mainstream


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Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez
Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez

Presidential advisors, lawmakers and the largest breast cancer research group in the country are all simultaneously broadening their agendas to include prevention, and the link between environment and cancer is going mainstream, the Valley Advocate reports.

The report cites a new collaboration between Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer group, and the Institute of Medicine, a health policy group, on environmental toxins and breast cancer:

“The public is invited to observe our upcoming meeting, which will include presentations from leading breast cancer researchers and organizations,” said Dr. Amelie Ramirez [of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio at the start of a Komen-IOM meeting held July 6-8 in San Francisco. Ramirez is involved with Komen and IOM]. “We believe this meeting is very important and expect it to generate much collaborative input.”

In the advocacy realm, this represents something of a seismic shift by the Dallas-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which has long focused on breast cancer treatment rather than prevention.

But on May 20 the group, which has invested nearly $1.5 billion to fight breast cancer since its inception in 1982, said it was devoting $1.25 million to a year-long Institute of Medicine study on cancer and the environment.

To read more about the collaboration, go here.

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