Alliance for Cancer Prevention

NGOs express concern about lack of decisions on endocrine disruptors and nanotechnology


31 NGOs including the Alliance for Cancer Prevention have written a letter to the EU REACH Committee in lieu of crucial decisions to be made at next weeks meeting on the identification of endocrine disrupting chemicals and the delayed inclusion of nanoforms in REACH.

We are concerned about the identification of certain phthalates which are substances of very high concern and can be found in a variety of consumer products including cosmetics and plastics. The Alliance is particularly worried about those working with these chemicals and products on a daily basis where exposure can be continual. Delays on addressing nanoforms in REACH will also potentially impact on health of workers and consumers.

Letter can be seen here.


Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals — One more way CETA endangers public health and the environment.

The Alliance joined with 34 other public interest organisations lead by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL),  to write to the EU Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee to urge them to vote in favour of the draft ENVI Committee opinion  which calls for the rejection of the EU Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at their meeting on the 12/1/17. The organisations believe that CETA will prioritise trade and monetary interests over public health and environment, and so the decision to conclude CETA by February 2017 should be rejected.

The European Commission is already on course to lower EU standards to protect against harmful and toxic Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs).  EDCs are harmful chemicals that have been linked to a wide range of diseases, including cancer, birth defects and other developmental disorders which conservative estimates estimate to cost Europeans more than € 160 billion each year in additional health expenses. If CETA is allowed to enter into force it will considerable weaken any regulations on EDCs. Trade must not be allowed to take priority over our health, the health of our environment and wildlife.

You can support the call by sending the letter to your MEP copy can be downloaded here.

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Cancer all-clear for night work was based on ‘bad science’

An Oxford University study that concluded the classification of night work as a cause of breast cancer in women is no longer justified was based on ‘bad science’, top researchers have warned.

The large scale ‘meta-analysis’, published online on 6 October 2016 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), concluded “night shift work, including long-term night shift work, has little or no effect on breast cancer incidence.” It added the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) ranking of night work as a ‘probable’ cause of breast cancer in women “is no longer justified.”

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