Strengthening Our Commitment Congressman William Delahun

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Strengthening Our Commitment Congressman William Delahun

Strengthening Our Commitment

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.

Environmental Defense

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

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

Study Project

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

States, 1950–94,

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

Internet Tools



Crafts Street, Newton

MA 02458

“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

Rachel Carson

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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