I can't answer this question (…are breast and prostate cancer related and, if so, how?) definitively, but I have discovered a
Belleville, NJ (PRWEB) July 1, 2009
The Breast Health and Healing Foundation, (BH&HF) (http://www.breasthealthandhealing.com) today called for the immediate ban of Bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical used as a hardening agent in many common plastic products.
Dr. Kathleen T. Ruddy, a breast cancer surgeon and the founder of the Breast Health and Healing Foundation, has been in the forefront of the fight to ban BPA from all products and to eliminate it from the environment. In a June 22, 2009 blog post (excerpted below) on the BH&HF website and on Dr. Kathleen T. Ruddy's Breast Cancer Blog at http://drktruddy.workpress.com, she described similarities between breast and prostate cancers and their linkage to BPA.
"I can't answer this question (…are breast and prostate cancer related and, if so, how?) definitively, but I have discovered a "smoking gun" in the chemical, bisphenol A. If you have been following my blogs, you know that I am very concerned about the carcinogenic effects of BPA, a chemical hardening agent found in plastic containers - and ubiquitous in our environment. Two million tons of BPA are used annually to make plastic bottles (baby bottles, sippie cups, water bottles) and plastic liners for soda cans. It is a $6 billion dollar business, one that does not want to go away easily."
Later in the same post, Dr. Ruddy described the development of BPA, which added to her belief that the chemical is implicated in the rise of breast and prostate cancer.
"BPA was originally created in 1936 as an ESTROGEN REPLACEMENT product, but since the 1940's it has been used to harden plastic. In essence, we are all taking a miniature birth control pill every time we bump into BPA - which is all the time. The Canadians found that 96% of soft drinks contain BPA. Other researchers have found that 97% of newborn babies show BPA metabolites in their urine. There are now more than 130 studies that link BPA exposure, even at low levels, to early onset BREAST and PROSTATE cancer. I am now ready to postulate that BPA is the secret ingredient in the rise on both breast and prostate cancer, and I hope that men will join the army of women who want BPA out of the environment, not later when policy-makers and politicos get around to it, but now - today."
For more information about the links between BPA and breast and prostate cancer and additional posts about breast cancer by Dr. Ruddy go to the Breast Health & Healing website, http://www.breasthealthandhealing.com.
About the Breast Health & Healing Foundation
The Breast Health & Healing Foundation is a 501(3)(c)tax exempt non-profit foundation The mission of the foundation is to discover the specific causes of breast cancer and to use that knowledge to prevent the disease.
Larry Dell, Breast Health and Healing Foundation