Ignite the Cancer Conversation Resources

Ignite the Cancer Conversation

Ignite the Cancer Conversation:
Book Club Edition Download Links

Video Recording from Session 1: February 5, 2018

April 20, 2017 Ignite the Cancer Conversation:
Environment Edition Download Links

Video Recording from April 20, 2017 event
PowerPoint Slide Show from April 20, 2017 event
Questions and Answers from April 20, 2017 event

Web Links

Good Neighbor Iowa is a statewide public education campaign to reduce children’s exposure to commonly-used lawn pesticides. It involves school districts, park managers, childcare centers and other community leaders who are demonstrating that it is possible and practical to manage large areas of turf without the use of pesticides (weed killers, insecticides, or fungicides). This local leadership across the state is key to the success of this educational campaign. Ultimately the goal is to transform our culture so that we appreciate diverse lawns as a way to protect child health, water quality, and biodiversity.

The Silent Spring Institute uses a community-based collaborative and innovative approach to address impacts of toxic environments and on breast cancer in high-risk communities.

The Breast Cancer Prevention Partners translates scientific research into public education and advocacy campaigns.

The Environmental Working Group empowers people to understand their environment and its impact on healthy living through consumer guides, research highlights, and EWG-verification of consumer products.

The Commonweal organization supports programs in cancer, health professional education, environmental health, adult learning, yoga, healing nutrition, permaculture gardening, and juvenile justice.

This link is a compilation of health stories (e.g., asthma, cancer, diabetes) written and illustrated in a very engaging manner with the intent to translate evidence, increase knowledge, and inform decisions.

The Women’s Voices organization provides important information to women such as ‘15 Toxic trespassers’ and fact sheets regarding toxic chemicals in consumer products.

Website for Iowa’s yearly Public Drinking Water Report

The IDNR site explaining the Private Well Water testing program

Iowa Cancer Consortium’s web site on Cancer Prevention & Risk related to radon

In this book, The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The promise of prevention and the hope for healing, Dr. Schettler introduces the Ecological model, a model of complex and interrelated systems, as a framework to understand breast cancer risk and health interventions to reduce risk. The book gives an in depth overview of the latest scientific research on known risk factors for breast cancer. The author points out that while some evidence on breast cancer risk is strong, the body of evidence varies widely, results are often conflicting and studies are fraught with limitations. There are many uncertainties and unknowns when it comes to understanding the scientific complexity of this disease. How do we sift through the intricacies of the data to know what actions to take for reducing risk in our lives? How can we move forward with the best evidence available to create healthier communities for ourselves, our families and for society? Dr. Schettler’s book addresses these timely and critical questions.