Angelina Jolie and breast cancer awareness
Angelina Jolie recently made headlines, not as the lead in a summer blockbuster, but for her decision to have an elective double mastectomy to reduce her chance of developing breast cancer. Jolie has a mutation in the Breast Cancer 1 (BRCA1) gene, the same mutation her mother and aunt had. Jolie’s mother died of cancer at the age of 56. Her aunt succumbed to breast cancer just two weeks after Jolie’s surgery. The BRCA1 gene plays a critical role in fighting cancer. Angelina Jolie’s decision was important given her genetic predisposition to cancer; however 90-95 per cent of breast cancer cases have no link to BRCA1 or other inherited gene mutations, and instead are the result of various factors in a woman’s personal environment.
When we talk about cancer prevention, we must raise awareness about environmental risk factors of the disease that are often outside our control.
For more on this issue, check out this great post from our friends at Environmental Defense Fund in the U.S.
Groups plan a healing walk in Alberta
On July 5th and 6th, people will come together from coast-to-coast to join First Nations and Métis in the 4th Annual Healing Walk, a gathering focused on healing the environment and the people who are suffering from the effects of tar sands expansion.
Three of our colleagues at Environmental Defence will travel to northern Alberta to show support and respect for the First Nations who have lived, and continue to live on the front lines of one of the largest industrial projects on earth. The First Nations and Métis who live around Fort McMurray, AB are exposed to toxic chemicals from tar sands tailings that get into water, and through air pollutants from operational emissions that consistently exceed allowable concentrations.
Stay tuned for photos and live tweeting from the Healing Walk as we show our support for those who live with these impacts every day.
Last chance to get summer-ready at the Eco-Beauty Market
Our next Eco-Beauty Market is happening THIS Saturday (June 15th). Join us and stock up on eco-friendly haircare, skincare and cosmetic products and get the Toxic Ten chemicals out of your personal care routine.
A portion of all sales will be donated to support Environmental Defence’s work protecting Canadians and the environment from toxic chemicals.
For more information and to register for the event visit our Just Beautiful page. See you there!
Coming to a book store near you!
In late 2013, look out for Toxin Toxout, the second book from Bruce Lourie, a member of Environmental Defence’s Board of Directors, and Rick Smith, our former Executive Director and Special Advisor to our toxics program. Stay tuned for more details!