Congressman William Delahunt (D-Massachusetts) sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing on the environmental links to breast cancer in March. Presenters included Congresswoman
Nancy Pelosi (D-California); Julia Brody, executive director of Silent Spring Institute; Carol Rubin, chief of the Health Studies Branch of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects at the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health; and Deb Forter, executive director of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.
In April, the American Cancer Society awarded its prestigious Sword of Hope Media Awards for Excellence in Communications about Cancer. Boston radio station WUMB won the
New England-area radio award for its Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, which featured an interview with Silent Spring Institute Executive Director Julia Brody about the Institute’s research on environmental links to breast cancer.
The fourth annual dinner in support of the Susan S. Bailis Breast Cancer Research Fund was held in June at Boston’s John F. Kennedy
Library and Museum. The first Bailis dinner since
This fall, for the second consecutive year,
Susan’s death from metastatic breast cancer in dancers from the Bennett Dance Company September 2000, the evening was a moving trib- held a season kickoff to benefit Silent ute to Susan’s life and work, especially with the Spring Institute. The dancers are a group participation of her husband, Larry; her children, of women who present compelling
choreography through collaborative
Kathryn and David; and dinner co-chairs Alan performances and educational programs
and Susan Lewis Solomont. More than $340,000 through-out the Northeast. was raised for the Institute’s ongoing work in search of preventable environmental causes of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer PowerWalk. In addition, last Silent Spring Institute would like to extend spe- December, California resident Sherri Portercial thanks to the following for recent events Osaka ran the California International Marathon raising funds to support its ongoing research: in honor of her mother, who died of breast canthe Davis Salon of Newton Highlands for its cer; in celebration of life after her own diagnosis Cut-a-thon; Cape Cod artist Harriet Korim, for with breast cancer at age 39; and to raise donation of the proceeds from the sale of a col- $2,100 in support of Silent Spring Institute. lage; the Lehman-Trabich family for their New
York Evening of Song; Christina Lessa, author– Silent Spring Institute has been chosen for incluphotographer of Women to Women, for her sion in the website of the Massachusetts
New York book premiere gala/auction; the Spiral Catalogue for Philanthropy for 2001. The catSingers of Newton for their winter concert; alogue is a compendium of nonprofit institutions and Susannah Wood and Opera Piccola, for from throughout Massachusetts that have been their performance to benefit the Institute; and selected for excellence in their respective fields, BodyScapes of Newton, Massachusetts, for its cost-effectiveness, and record of achievement. ■ “The health of the land is inextricably tied to our own. Body: Earth—no separation.
Agency for Toxic Substances
and Disease Registry
Includes “ToxFAQs,” frequently asked
questions about contaminants found at
hazardous waste sites; an interactive
map server; and HazDat, the Hazardous
Substance Release/Health Effects Data-
base, which provides information about
the release of hazardous substances
from Superfund sites or emergency
events and the effects of hazardous
substances on human health.
Provides a link to “Scorecard,” which
gives detailed reports on chemicals
being released from more than 21,000
manufacturing plants, as well as sum-
mary reports for any area of the coun-
try. (Scorecard can also be accessed
directly at www.scorecard.org.)
Environmental Working Group
Includes “Chemical Industry Archives,”
which contains thousands of internal
documents from chemical companies.
“Chemical companies say that their
products are rigorously tested for
health and safety, their facilities are
safe for workers and nearby communi-
ties, and their industry is tightly regu-
lated,” the website states. “Can we
believe their claims? Not based on
their own internal documents.”
Long Island Breast Cancer
Provides researchers with a detailed
view of the environment and breast
cancer on Long Island, where women
have experienced a disproportionately
high incidence of the disease.
The National Cancer Institute’s
Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the
United States, 1950–94
Offers an electronic version of
Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the United
a book of maps, text,
tables, and figures showing the geo-
graphic patterns of death rates
throughout the United States for
about 40 cancers.
The Pesticide Database of the
Pesticide Action Network
Includes current toxicity and regulatory
information for about 5,400 pesticide
active ingredients and their transforma-
tion products. The database brings
together pesticide information from a
variety of sources, including the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, the
World Health Organization, the National
Institutes of Health, the U.S. National
Toxicology Program, the International
Agency for Research on Cancer, the Euro-
pean Union, and the State of California.
Silent Spring Institute
Offers the Cape Cod Breast Cancer and
Environment Atlas, an interactive tool
that allows assessment of the history of
land use on Cape Cod, where breast
cancer rates are significantly higher
than the state average. The atlas also
incorporates breast cancer incidence,
drinking water sources, pesticide use,
and census data.
PERMIT NO. 54840
SILENT SPRING INSTITUTE
Crafts Street, Newton
“It has been 30 years since the so-called ‘war against cancer’
was declared, yet in the U.S. one out of two men and one out
of three women will get cancer. And what would our environ-
mental heroine Rachel Carson say if she were alive today?
Probably that we’re still poisoning ourselves and the planet.”
—Bella Abzug, in a letter campaign urging support of cancer
research a year before her death in 1998
Printed on recycled, non-chlorine-
treated paper using soy-based ink
How can we forget? When will we learn?” —Terry Tempest Williams
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