Euro Cancer Leagues calls for action on EDCs now!

Let’s tell the EU to stop exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals

Written by Christel Schaldemose

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MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) Briefing: EU Consultation on Endocrine Disruptors – Let’s tell the EU to stop exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals, not tomorrow, but today.

A representative of one of Europe’s most influential cancer organisations, the association of European cancer leagues (ECL) recently told a meeting of MEPs against cancer that curbing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals should become a central part of cancer prevention strategy in Europe.

ECL, which focuses on the prevention and control of cancer, brings together national and regional cancer leagues with a staff of more than 6000 throughout Europe. Its director Wendy Tse Yared said that rapid rises in rates of breast and prostate cancer in recent decades could not be explained by improved diagnostics.

She noted that this upward trend coincided with an increase in chemicals and that sufficient evidence now exists that endocrine disrupting chemicals heighten cancer risk.

Effective regulation could contribute to reductions in hormonal cancers, including of the breast, which is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and of the prostate, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men.

It may also help to bring down rates of testicular cancer, which is increasing among young men in Europe. A recent study by Nordic countries on male reproductive health problems associated with these chemicals suggested that endocrine disrupting chemicals might be responsible for up to 40 per cent of all cases of testicular cancer.

Dutch toxicologist Dr Majorie B.M. van Duursen told the meeting that numerous studies on breast cancer showed that exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals, such as BPA, PBDE and pesticides, can adversely affect the normal development of the mammary gland, potentially making it more susceptible to cancers.

She stressed that one or two new studies were appearing each day on endocrine disrupting chemicals and chronic conditions, including hormonal cancers, infertility, obesity and diabetes.

A review by the world health organisation in 2012 recorded the considerable advances in the scientific evidence that had been made since 2002. No-one can say that we don’t know enough to justify reducing people’s exposure to these chemicals, said Dr Duursen.

The not-for-profit Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), which brings together over 70 member organisations to address how environmental protection can improve health in the European Union has been advocating stronger action to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals for many years.

Genon K. Jensen, HEAL’s director told the meeting that her members, which include cancer groups, are convinced that exposure to EDCs is a likely explanation of why cancers that are hormone dependent have been rising.

She said that HEAL was part of a coalition of non-governmental organisations called ‘EDC-Free Europe‘ that was helping ordinary individuals to respond to the EU consultation on EDCs. An online platform launched five weeks ago has allowed more than 10,000 individuals to respond.

But despite the rapidly growing scientific evidence and the growing public concern, the delays in effective action continue. What is needed now is a proper identification of EDCs – one that ensures these harmful chemicals are found and ultimately eliminated.

My hope is that this MEPs against cancer meeting will help convince the commission that action now needs to happen. Not tomorrow, but today.

Sources and more information

Not in our Food!

Are you (still) enjoying festive holiday meals?

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Image via @EuropePAN.

Did you tell regulators that we prefer EDCfree holidays next year?

Image source: Pesticide Action Network Europe Twitter feed.

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Introduction to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

A GUIDE FOR PUBLIC INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS AND POLICY-MAKERS

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This @TheEndoSociety and @ToxicsFree guide is a joint effort to raise global awareness about EDCs.

To raise global awareness about endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) the Endocrine Society and IPEN have joined together to develop this EDC Guide documenting the threat endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) pose to human health.

Teams @TheEndoSociety and @ToxicsFree December 2014 guide draws from each organization’s strengths to present a more comprehensive picture of global EDC exposures and health risks than either could have done alone:

  • Endocrine Society authors contributed the scientific and health-related content
  • IPEN provides knowledge of global policies and perspectives from developing and transition countries
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Say NO to hormone disrupting chemicals!

TELL THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION THAT YOU WANT TO REMOVE HORMONE DISRUPTING CHEMICALS FROM OUR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH!

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Tell the @EU_Commission to find & remove all #HormoneDisruptingChemicals from our lives to protect our #health!

Due to intensive industry lobbying, the European Commission has delayed action on hormone disrupting chemicals, which is needed to protect health. But now a public consultation has been launched to gather feedback on public concerns. We need you to help us!

As the European Commission has made this public consultation very technical, the EDC-Free Europe coalition has launched an easy to use online platform to enable individuals to submit prepared answers to the European Commission.

This is the only chance you will have to directly give your opinion and call for the urgent removal of hormone-disrupting chemicals from our lives to protect our health!

It will take you less than five minutes to take action. Just fill in your details and with the help of four simple steps your submission will be sent directly to the European Commission. Take action at the No2HormoneDisruptingChemicals.org website.

Need a reminder why we need action?

Watch the video Endocrination – The Magnitude of the Endocrine Disruptors Issue. An amusing film by French journalist Stephane Horel exposes the battle created by industry lobbying on hormone disrupting chemicals.

Why do we need to act urgently now?

Our everyday exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals – in our food, cosmetics, electronic products, schools, hospitals and workplaces, to name a few, must stop in order to protect the health of current and future generations. Humans and wildlife are vulnerable to exposure to these chemicals every day, which are very likely to be contributing to the dramatic increases in many serious, life threatening diseases and health disorders.

By responding to the public consultation, you are sending a strong signal to the European Commission that there are serious concerns and public support for action to protect us, the environment and our children in Europe and beyond. Take action now and say NO2HormoneDisruptingChemicals.

Are Endocrine Disruptors disrupting You?

Help EDCFree Europe and let your governments know that we want an EDC-free Future. Show them you are concerned about where EDCs might be lurking by uploading or liking a photo, and they’ll take it to the decision makers

What’s disrupting You? Take Action Now!

Help EDC Free Europe let your governments know that we want an EDC Free Future. Show them you are concerned about where EDCs might be lurking by uploading or liking a photo, and they’ll take it to the decision makers.

Three simple steps to taking action now!

1. Download the arrow with the slogan ‘Is this disrupting me?’
2. Tell us what’s disrupting you by holding up the slogan pointed at a product or object that you are concerned about and take a photo!
3. Upload your photo and it will appear in EDC-Free Europe Flickr gallery in the coming days.

What's disrupting you?
What’s disrupting you? Support the EDC Free campaign call to action

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Est-ce que ça me perturbe?

La Campagne d’@EDCFree pour un Avenir SANS Perturbateurs Endocriniens Environnementaux

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Soutenez la campagne “EDC free Europe” en quelques étapes simples

Aidez EDC Free Europe à faire savoir aux gouvernements d’Europe que nous voulons un avenir sans PE. Montrez leur que vous vous souciez de la présence de perturbateurs endocriniens dans les produits ou les objets que vous consommez en téléchargeant ou en “likant” une photo que EDC Free Europe fera parvenir aux décideurs.

Voici comment vous impliquer en quelques étapes simples!

  1. Téléchargez la flèche avec le slogan “Est ce que ça me perturbe ?
  2. Dites nous ce qui vous perturbe en désignant à l’aide de la flèche un objet ou produit qui vous préoccupe et prenez une photo !
  3. Mettez la photo en ligne ; elle sera affichée prochainement sur la galerie Flickr.

Are Endocrine Disruptors disrupting You?

Three simple Steps to Take Action Now!

What's disrupting you?
What’s disrupting you? Support the EDC Free campaign call to action

Help EDC Free Europe let your governments know that we want an EDC Free Future. Show them you are concerned about where EDCs might be lurking by uploading or liking a photo, and they’ll take it to the decision makers.

Here are a three simple steps to taking action now!

  1. Download the arrow with the slogan ‘Is this disrupting me?’
  2. Tell us what’s disrupting you by holding up the slogan pointed at a product or object that you are concerned about and take a photo!
  3. Upload your photo and it will appear in EDC-Free Europe Flickr gallery in the coming days.

Why Endocrine Disruptors, other Disrupting Chemicals and Pesticides should be banned

Call for ban on endocrine disrupting pesticides in Europe

In this short video clip, Lisette van Vliet (HEAL) and Hans Muilerman (PAN Europe) explain why endocrine disrupting pesticides and other endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in Europe should be banned, the goals of the multi NGO ‘EDC Free Campaign‘ and urge organisations to join them.