by Craig Weatherby
A grass-roots group called Breast Cancer Action Montreal wants consumers to stop buying “pink ribbon” products and instead donate directly to breast cancer prevention research.
The group contends that the Pink Ribbon campaign mainly benefits corporations, many of which still sell products with ingredients linked to cancer.
The BCAM says Pink Ribbon sponsors include cosmetic makers that use chemicals banned in the European Union as likely endocrine-disrupters and/or carcinogens.
Throughout the month of October, BCAM wants women (and men) to use email and social media to call on cosmetics corporations to sign a Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
And some big car companies are also Pink Ribbon sponsors... even though their vehicles emit carcinogens.
Coincidentally, researchers at Montreal's McGill University just made headlines with their study linking greater breast cancer risk to higher exposure to urban air pollution (Crouse DL et al).
The study looked at breast cancer incidence among post-menopausal women living in Montreal in 1996-97.
It found increased risk for those living in areas where traffic-related air pollution is high. In fact, the risk increased by approximately 25 percent for every increase of five parts per million of exposure to nitrogen dioxide... a marker for traffic-related pollution.
- Crouse DL et al. Postmenopausal Breast Cancer is Associated with Exposure to Traffic-related Air Pollution in Montreal, Canada: A Case-Control Study. Environ Health Perspect doi:10.1289/ehp.1002221