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Cancer Working Group

About the CHE Cancer Working Group
CHE’s Cancer Working Group is a diverse gathering of health professionals, scientists, patient groups and concerned individuals. We welcome CHE Partners who would like to participate in a national discussion on cancer.

We meet once a quarter for an hour via conference call with additional emails between calls. The group has a listserv where new research and policy ideas are distributed.

The goals of this working group include:

  1. Discussing emerging science that links environmental chemicals and cancer.
  2. Gathering key cancer papers that influence the field.
  3. Developing a national workplan that includes cancer prevention.
  4. Exploring collaborative opportunities between health organizations as well as other sectors who are working on cancer-related issues.

This working group has also put together a list of "Top Resources" on cancer and environmental health. A link to these resources are available in the box in the upper right hand side of this page. These resources are considered by leaders in the working group to be essential reading for understanding the science demonstrating a connection between cancer and the environment.

CHE also has an active Breast Cancer Working Group, which originated as a subgroup of CHE Cancer, and has produced the 2006 Consensus Statement on Breast Cancer and the Environment.

The CHE Cancer Working Group is coordinated by Jeanne Rizzo, RN, Executive Director of the Breast Cancer Fund, Diana Zuckerman, PhD, President of the National Center for Policy Research (CPR) for Women & Families, and Michael Lerner, PhD, President of Commonweal. For more information about this group, contact Erika Sanders at: Erika@healthandenvironment.org.

If you are interested in joining this group, please sign on as a CHE Partner, and indicate your interest in your application. If you are already a CHE Partner and would like to join the listserv for this group send an email request to: checancer-subscribe@lists.healthandenvironment.org.

President's Cancer Panel

A major activity of the CHE Cancer Working Group as been its involvement in the President's Cancer Panel. For more information on the PCP please see: http://www.healthandenvironment.org/articles/doc/4960

CHE's Portal to Science

The Portal to Science contains hundreds of environmental health resources. You can search the Portal by medium, health issue, environmental/toxic issue and/or target audience. CHE Cancer Working Group Partners and those interested in cancer and the environment are encouraged to use the Portal to find useful resources.
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Past Calls

October 16, 2013 --

CHE Alaska call: Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
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February 3, 2011 --

Do Chemicals Cause Breast Cancer? Tell it to the Marines!
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording


Updated: Environmental and Occupational Causes of Cancer: A Review of Recent Scientific Literature, 2007 Edition

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Lowell & Boston University recently concluded in an updated scientific review, Environmental and Occupational Causes of Cancer: New Evidence, 2005-2007, that mounting evidence linking unintentional exposures to toxins in our workplaces and general environment contribute to the nearly one and a half million new cases of cancer in the U.S. in just 2007 alone.

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Archive of past CHE Cancer Calls
View call notes, recordings and resources specific to CHE Cancer Calls here.
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