From the Executive Director EDletter 

Dear Friends,

The promise of a new year inspires us to reflect upon the past year, which - thanks to your support - was filled with education and advocacy for the prevention of environmental causes of breast cancer in both our communities and our homes. (Read more)

Susan Wornick Joins MBCC Board of Directors Wornick  

It is with great pride that we welcome a talented new member to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) Board of Directors: Susan Wornick. Not only has Susan received many awards for her work as a broadcaster on WCVB-TV and other outlets, but her diverse charitable achievements prove her commitment to making the world a better place for future generations.  (Read more)
Cigna Will Cease Coverage for
3-D Mammography Cigna

On December 14, 2015, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) urged its supporters to reach out to Cigna Insurance, who recently announced their decision to cease coverage of 3-D mammograms after February 15, 2016. 3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, is a new technology that allows for visualization of the entire breast in multiple thin sections. It provides far greater resolution than conventional 2-D mammography. (Read more)
Lower Doses of Parabens Might Increase Breast Cancer Risk SSI  

by Jennifer Ohayon, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Silent Spring Institute

Previous studies may be greatly underestimating the toxicity of parabens with respect to breast cancer risk and reproductive problems according to new research published by the Silent Spring Institute and our collaborators.  (Read more)

Research-Tested Smartphone Applications for Reducing Exposures to Known or Suspected Breast Carcinogens Smartphone
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is working collaboratively in promoting healthy lifestyles and assisting women with varying levels of health literacy to minimize their exposure to known or suspected carcinogens in occupational and home settings via developing a smartphone application for breast cancer prevention offered in culturally tailored educational materials in many languages (Read more)

Let's Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic ExposuresLTP 
Encouraging a discussion between health professionals and their patients
Let's Talk Prevention Tour Collage  
For more information on the  Let's Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures program, please click  here .
Where will the Let's Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures tour be next?

February 1 - April 1:   Memorial Hall Library (2 North Main Street, Andover)
April 1 - May 31:   Agawam Public Library (750 Cooper St, Agawam)
April 1 - April 30:  MCPHS School of Nursing, Griffin Academic Center (670 Huntington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Boston)
  • LTP is being hosted specifically for National Public Health Week during April 4 - April 10, but will be in place for the entire month of April
February 1 - July 31:   Berkshire Medical Center (165 Tor Court, Pittsfield). The tour will appear in the following locations (dates TBA):
  • February 1 - February 29: Berkshire Medical Center Cancer and Infusion Center, Pittsfield
  • Berkshire Medical Center Cancer and Infusion Center, Oncology Floor, Pittsfield
  • Berkshire Medical Center Cancer and Infusion Center, Infusion Floor, Pittsfield
  • Berkshire Medical Center Women's Imaging Center Lobby, Pittsfield
  • Fairview Hospital, Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield
  • Radiation Oncology, Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield
October 1 - October 31:  Billerica Public Library (15 Concord Rd, Billerica)
February 1 - Ongoing: South Cove Community Health Centers. LTP Patient Brochures in English and Chinese will be available at the following locations:
  • Chinatown Clinic (885 Washington Street, Boston)
  • South Street Clinic (145 South Street, Boston)
  • North Quincy Clinic (435 Hancock Street, Quincy)
  • North Quincy Clinic (88 Holmes Street, Quincy)
If you are interested in learning more about hosting the tour, please contact us.  
Your Activism Needed  Activism 

NSTAR/Eversource Update:
Click here for the full NSTAR Update from GreenCape, including immediate actions you can take to prevent NSTAR spraying in your community.

MASSPIRG Petition: On January 22nd, citizens from Sturbridge, Charlton and Southbridge will deliver our petition to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Environment and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. MASSPIRG needs your help to get as many signatures as possible. You can find the electronic petition  here.

     In this Issue

Environmental Health NewsNews

Download Detox Me ( for a simple, responsive guide to a healthier home environment. Free from MBCC sister organization Silent Spring Institute

Screening for Chemical Contributions to Breast Cancer Risk: A Case Study for Chemical Safety Evaluation

Federal foot-dragging must end on dangerous pesticide

A major chemical safety bill could
become law by early next year

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