Cancer ScienceServ

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This ScienceServ explores the emerging science linking chemical and other environmental factors to cancer. We do this by distributing influential research articles, working to keep cancer prevention in the national discussion, and creating collaborative opportunities among researchers, advocates, patients, health care providers, public health professionals and others working on cancer-related issues. CHE Partnership calls feature new research about environmental contributors to cancer and innovative efforts to apply the science towards cancer reduction and prevention.

The CHE Cancer ScienceServ is coordinated by Sharima Rasanayagam, PhD, director of science at the Breast Cancer Fund, and Michael Lerner, PhD, president of Commonweal.

CHE does not take a stance on specific legislation nor sign petitions and the like. Rather, we investigate and discuss the scientific foundation for more health-protective policies in a civil tone. For posting guidelines and etiquette, please see our CHEtiquette.


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CHE’s Work on Cancer

Consensus Statements

CHE Consensus Statement on Cancer and the Environment, 2008. In partnership with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and the Breast Cancer Fund, CHE developed a consensus statement that lays out the scientific rationale for stronger cancer prevention and enumerates specific research and policy initiatives to prevent environmental exposures that contribute to cancer.

Consensus Statement on Breast Cancer and the Environment, 2006. CHE’s Breast Cancer and the Environment Working Group (now merged into the Cancer ScienceServ) created this statement calling for testing of chemicals for their effects on health and the environment before they are marketed and also advocating that patient and health professional organizations add primary prevention to organizational agendas.

President’s Cancer Panel

link to the President's Cancer Panel reportA past major activity of the CHE Cancer Working Group was its involvement in the President's Cancer Panel. Starting in September 2008, the panel convened public meetings focusing on cancer and the environment. CHE Partners—including Jeanne Rizzo, Dr. Dick Clapp, Dr. Devra Davis, Dr. Phil Landrigan, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, and Dr. Tyrone Hayes—presented evidence to both the panel and the American people on what was known about a variety of environmental contributors of cancer.

The full 2010 report, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now, is available on the President's Cancer Panel page on the National Cancer Institute website. The report, which informs the National Cancer Program, has brought unprecedented attention to the environmental exposures that increase cancer risk.

Margaret Kripke, PhD, co-author of the 2010 President's Cancer Panel report, was interviewed by The New School at Commonweal on February 7, 2011. Listen to the audio recording.