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BCAM Conversations: Amy Elefson and Natalie Martin, Intern

After the recent launch of Breast Caner Action Montreal's interactive Chemical Detective project, BCAM caught up with the two Public Health graduate students, Amy Elefson and Natalie Martin, who helped us make it happen. Chemical Detective provides a step-by-step guide to understanding the environmental toxicants that surround us. This presentation is essential for anyone who wants to know more about reducing toxic exposures in their household, but it's particularly useful for new parents, providing essential tips for recognizing toxic chemicals in our domestic environment: our household cleaners, personal care products, and other items that we use everyday. 

Read below for board member Deborah Ostrovsky's conversation with Amy and Natalie as they share their musings on public health, activism and the state of science today.

BCAM: You're both pursuing Public Health. What inspired you to do internships with BCAM?

Miss Representation Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Hi from the new FemmeToxic Co-ordinator!

Dear members of FemmeToxic,

I would like to formally introduce myself as the new FemmeToxic Coordinator. My name is Darshana Dhunnoo and my job at Breast Cancer Action Montreal (BCAM) is to ensure that FemmeToxic becomes a platform that allows youth to express themselves about the toxicants in their environment. We are also hoping that FemmeToxic can be more accessible and dynamic for everyone. Finally, I look forward to getting to know you through our events and discussions!

For next year, FemmeToxic is getting ready to host multiple activities such as FemmeToxic workshops, networking events, film screenings, focus groups, etc. We will be advertising these events on our website, Face Book page and Twitter account. Furthermore, FemmeToxic is currently recruiting volunteers and interns for the year 2013-2014. If you are interested, please email me at darshana@bcam.qc.ca.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, suggestions or contributions for FemmeToxic.

Thank you for your continued support!

Darshana (Project Coordinator)

Why I'm a FemmeToxic member at 14 years old

Who is the easiest target for advertisements?  Is it the fifty-year-old women who want to get rid of the tummy fat?  Is it the forty-year-old women who want to look twenty years younger?  Is it the thirty-year-old women who want the bleach blond hair?  Maybe it’s the twenty-year-old ladies who want the perfect body?  All wrong.  Maybe they are easy targets for advertising.  But is it really them?  No, it’s the thirteen to eighteen-year-old girls.  The girls who are trying to fit in, trying to find themselves, and above all; they are trying to feel comfortable in their skin.  Girls in their teens are so easily influenced, and many companies take advantage of their most unstable stage in life.

Dying for us; Considering the women that make our stuff

Written by Adria Vasil originally posted in Toronto NOW.  
Our only recourse in the face of the toxins assailing us in everyday life?   I mostly consider myself an optimist: the kind of girl that laughs a lot, even in the face of adversity. Then I spend some time digging though the toxic trail the chemical industry has hoisted upon the world and it makes me want to swathe all our women and children in nontoxic bubble wrap.

What's brought on my latest bubble-wrap urges? Well, just this week, a US congress-mandated committee on breast cancer and the environment issued a report telling us we need to get our shit together on environmental pollutants and breast cancer. It noted only 7% of all 84,000 registered chemicals have had complete toxicological screenings. And of the very few that have been screened, 216, stuff like BPA and pesticides, are linked to breast cancer tumours but only a fraction of the billions spent on breast cancer research goes to environmental health links or prevention.

Many of those chems of concern are hormone disruptors – the topic of a conference I went to in Toronto last week put on by the National Network on Environments and Women's Health. I talked about it in my latest Ecoholic column on this diverse family of chemicals and what the feds are (or aren't) doing about them. I heard from scientists like James Brophy and Margaret Keith, who spend their time testing workers in Southern Ontario for elevated rates of breast cancer and boy, have they found some.

Fertility Research

Fertility is an under-researched area in cancer care, and there are limited data on how the oncology system deals with the fertility concerns of young adults with cancer. The Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto is seeking Canadian female cancer survivors for a web-based doctoral survey study. Visit http://www.cancerandfertility.com/ for more information or access the online survey directly at http://fluidsurveys.com/s/fertility.

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