Frequently Asked Questions

Silent Spring Institute

What is the mission of Silent Spring Institute?
Silent Spring is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to identifying the links between the environment and women’s health, especially breast cancer.  read more »

The Institute's Research

What kind of research does Silent Spring Institute conduct?
Silent Spring Institute scientists work to identify the links between environmental pollutants and women’s health, especially breast cancer. We focus primarily on chemicals in everyday products that cause mammary tumors in animals and those that can make breast cancer cells grow in a laboratory.  read more »

Breast Cancer and the Environment

Why study the environment in the search for ways to prevent breast cancer?
Until recently, most breast cancer research has focused on detection and treatment, with little attention paid to identifying preventable causes. Silent Spring Institute is looking for connections between breast cancer and exposure to harmful chemicals in the environment. Several lines of evidence show that we can identify ways to reduce breast cancer risk by finding additional environmental factors.  read more »

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

What are the recognized risk factors for breast cancer?
Ionizing radiation—including exposure from x-rays and CAT scans—is an established environmental risk factor for breast cancer.  read more »

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

What is a geographic information system?
A geographic information system (GIS) is a computerized database that can be used to store, analyze, and display data, particularly data associated with locations on a map. It is a powerful tool for research when a combination of geographic information is involved, as in health studies.  read more »

Supporting Silent Spring Institute

Why should I support Silent Spring Institute?
Silent Spring Institute is a pioneer and recognized leader in breast cancer prevention research studies. We are committed to changing the grim reality that a baby girl born today faces greater lifetime risk for breast cancer than her mother did when she was born.  read more »