From the Executive Director EDletter 

Dear Friends in Prevention,
Thanks to your sustained vision, generosity, and support, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) continues to work towards the mission of prevention by advancing our understanding and awareness of the environmental factors linked to breast cancer. We enter 2019 with a full agenda in support of our mission.  
This year, MBCC will adapt our Let's Talk Prevention: Actions You Can Take program to fit middle school curriculums and lay the groundwork for collaborating with elementary schools.  
Additionally, MBCC is embarking on a five-year study with researchers from Silent Spring Institute, Northeastern University, and Michigan State University on PFAS-REACH (PFAS Research, Education, and Action for Community Health), funded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, to address the harmful effects of PFASs in children and support communities affected by contaminated drinking water. MBCC will support the community outreach for this research.
To read more, please click here. 
MBCC Attends MassDEP Water Stakeholder Hearing DEP 
Staff, board members, and supporters of Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) joined with other organizations and concerned citizens in attending the  Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Water Hearing on January 16.   
The hearing, held at MassDEP's office in Boston, was the result of a petition filed by Conservation Law Foundation and Toxics Action Center urging state agencies across New England to set state drinking water standards that protect the public from exposure to unsafe levels of PFAS.
Cheryl Osimo, MBCC's Executive Director, delivered a statement in support of a comprehensive approach to addressing PFAS in drinking water and soil at the Jan. 16th hearing
To read Cheryl Osimo's statement on behalf of MBCC, please click here.  
BODPres1Update from MBCC's Board President
Dear Friends,
As president of the MBCC Board of Directors, I am pleased and proud to announce our two newest members:
Lauren Mullins has worked as a legislative aide to Representative Paul Frost and formerly as a legislative intern. Lauren comes to us with a strong academic background in political science and international affairs. (Please read Lauren's bio here.) 
Nancie Zecco is a trained epidemiologist who has worked in the area of public health throughout her professional career with over 20 years of experience working in all phases of drug development from pre-clinical trials to post-marketing. (Please read Nancie's bio here.) 
With these additions to our talented board, the members are part of the mission to eradicate breast cancer through prevention of environmental causes.
To read more, click here. 
LTPLet's Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures

Let's Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures is an educational program designed to increase discussions about environmental exposures and chemicals of concern. Many chemicals of concern are industrial chemicals that do not stay isolated inside factories.
Minimizing exposure to chemicals linked with negative health impacts can lessen the burden of disease and improve public health.   
MBCC Board President, Dr. Barbara Malkas, with the Let's Talk Prevention tour at the MLK Day of Service at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on January 21st. 
To see where the tour is currently on display, please click here. If you are interested in hosting the tour, please contact us at

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Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is dedicated to preventing environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy. MBCC is the only education and advocacy non-profit in the country working closely with an environmental research organization toward breast cancer prevention. Thank you for supporting our efforts toward breast cancer prevention. Learn more.


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