Links Between Cancer, Chemicals Focus in Series of Talks

Links between cancer and chemicals in our environment will be the focus of a series of talks in Alaska beginning Wednesday in Anchorage. Jeanne Rizzo is an RN and is the president of the Breast Cancer Fund. The organization works to raise awareness of pervasive toxins in every day products and what people can do to make better choices for themselves and their families. Rizzo says 83,000 synthetic chemicals have been put into commerce since World War II and the exposure to these chemicals from before a person is born through aging creates a toxic soup. Rizzo says chemicals that disrupt a woman’s endocrine system and mimic hormones can contribute to the growth of breast tumors. Alaska ranks 14th in the nation for breast cancer and Rizzo says every state has areas of concern.

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