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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
What is the precautionary principle? Simply put, the precautionary principle holds that it’s better to be safe than sorry. This principle states that evidence of harm, rather than definitive proof of harm, should prompt policy action. The principle also calls for the burden of proof to lie with manufacturers to demonstrate that chemicals are safe, rather than with the public to show that they cause harm. read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>