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While we can do a lot of things as individuals to reduce our own risk of breast cancer, there are many risk factors that we can’t address alone. Built into our society, for example, are racism, unsafe chemicals, and policies that harm our health. All of these and more shape breast cancer risk and can only be changed by working together. This page is a work-in-progress and more areas where collective action is necessary will be added.

How can you make a difference?

When issues seem so large, it can be hard to know where and how we can make an impact. Fortunately, we all have traits and skills that can be put to good use! Here are some resources to help figure out the best ways you can contribute to a healthier and more just world:

Racism: Work Toward Racial Justice

By improving racial justice we can decrease the risk of breast cancer for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Racism affects breast cancer risk in many ways, from the stress it causes on a daily basis to the impact of policies that leave some neighborhoods with fewer resources and more pollution. Racism is a public health crisis that needs everyone’s action to change. Here are some organizations and resources that can help us act for racial justice:

Color Of Change
Racial Equity Tools
Race Forward
Black Lives Matter
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Consumer Products: Use Our Purchasing Power

As consumers, we have power! Many consumer products, from shampoo to laundry detergent, contain chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer. We usually can’t tell if a product is safe by just looking at it. The safe choice should be the easy choice, and we can help make that the case by voting with our dollars. By choosing to shop at stores and buying products that are committed to non-toxic ingredients, we push companies to earn our money and we shift the marketplace to make it safer for all. We can also join together to tell companies to make products safer. Here are some resources that can help us shop safer:

Who's Minding the Store?
Think Dirty Shop Clean Beauty App
US-EPA Safer Choice Standard
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Toxic Policies: Push for Legislative Change

Policies in the U.S. often prioritize a company’s profits over our health. These policies often harm poor communities and communities of color the most. When policies allow or encourage toxic practices, we must advocate for change and pressure lawmakers to support the passing of key bills that promote the health of everyone. Here are some links to stay on top of legislation that needs our support:

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
Women's Voices for the Earth
Breast Cancer Action

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