SSI: An Introduction

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Silent Spring Institute is a mission-driven scientific research organization dedicated to uncovering the environmental causes of breast cancer

Our independent research is empowering a revolution in environmental health to prevent cancers by reducing people's exposure to harmful chemicals where they live, work, and play.

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Our innovative research is made possible thanks to philanthropic partners, foundations, and dedicated supporters like you.

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  • We believe everyone has a right to clean air, clean water, and safer products and that no one should get sick from toxic chemicals.

  • our science

    We are creating new knowledge about cancer-causing chemicals—how we are exposed and how they affect our health.

  • Our work is strengthening policies to protect consumers from toxics while making prevention a national research priority.


chemical safety testing to identify breast carcinogens

Silent Spring scientists advance understanding of how endocrine disrupting chemicals influence breast cancer risk.

toxic chemicals in menstrual products

New study finds Black women and people with less formal education are more likely to use scented and scent-altering menstrual and intimate care products, which could lead to higher exposures to harmful chemicals. 

firefighters occupational exposures

A look at how community-based participatory research (CBPR) can be an effective tool for protecting women workers from hazardous chemical exposures on the job and creating healthier work environments.

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Breast cancer and the environment