Is Susan G. Komen
Denying the BPA-Breast Cancer Link?
Critics claim the
leading breast cancer research group is in the pocket of its BPA-happy sponsors.
Silverstein I Mother Jones
If you've ever bought something pink to support breast
cancer research, there's a good chance a portion of the money went to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest nonprofit
in the world solely dedicated to eradicating the disease. Famous for its
fundraising races and pink gear, the foundation has been fighting breast cancer
for three decades. So it may come as a surprise that Komen has posted
statements on its website that dismiss links between the common chemical
bisphenol A (BPA) and breast cancer, even while funding research that explores
that possible connection.
BPA is found in all manner of consumer goods, from
plastic water jugs to receipts to the liners of
food can. Critics have pointed out that Komen receives generous donations
from private industries who use those same chemicals in their products, and who
also downplay health concerns. Is that what's driving Komen's position on BPA?
"Absolutely not," said Katrina McGhee, Komen's executive vice
president and chief marketing officer. In multiple interviews with Mother Jones, Komen executives were
adamant that their sponsors have no effect on any of their policy decisions.
For the complete
article, go to http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/09/breast-cancer-komen-bpa.