Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition: To educate area parents on early puberty risk factors

Contact: Dawn Anderson

WBCC Executive Director


Cell 414-218-2814

[email protected]

Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition (WBCC) to Educate Area Parents on Early Puberty Risk Factors

Milwaukee, Wis. – November 6, 2014 – Research emerging from the Breast Cancer and Environment Research Program indicates that interventions inenvironmental exposures and lifestyle practices of young girls are important to reducing their risk for breast cancer later in life. In an effort to educate area parents on early puberty risk factors, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition (WBCC), Dawn Anderson, is launching a pilot advocacy presentationseries at two local schools, starting November 10th. Dawn represents the WBCC on The Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program, the Government Relations Advisory Committee of the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, The Policy Committee of the Wisconsin Cancer Council, The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Task Force, and ABCD Inc.’s Advisory Board.

The WBCC is presenting “Reducing Her Risk Now”, at area schools in the next two weeks. The first presentation is Monday, November 10th at Richards Elementary School at 7:00pm. The second is Monday November 17th at 6:30pm at Nicolet High School. The presentation will address how early puberty is considered a risk factor forbreak cancer, and how the years before puberty appear to be a critical “window of susceptibility”. Pre-puberty is an opportunity for risk reduction interventions and Dawn will be discussing what parents can do to help their daughters avoid breast cancer later in life.

Presentations are free and open to the public however pre-registration is encouraged. Registration may be found online at www.standupandspeakout.org or by calling 414-963-2103.

The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition (WBCC) is a non-profit focused primarily on two major aspects of this disease, first on preventionresearch and risk reduction, and secondly on the policy issues that affect the breast cancer community – from access to screening and treatment, through survivorship issues. Different than most breast cancer organizations that highlight new screening methods and pharmaceuticals, the WBCC focuses on looking at what actually the causes the disease on the first place.