Breast Cancer Resource Centers' Annual

 Ask the Experts Program

Dr. Michele Forman


Breast Cancer and the Environment 
Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center Auditorium

Join us for an informative evening with Dr. Michele Forman as she details the results and implications of a sweeping new report issued in February 2013 by the Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee (IBCERCC) as mandated in the 2008 Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act.

Currently, the federal government spends less than 5% of breast cancer funding on prevention. This report argues for more emphasis on determining the relationship between environmental contaminants and breast cancer. To date, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has registered more than 84,000 chemicals approved for commercial use; yet, less than 2% have been tested for their ability to promote or produce cancer.

“We live in an environment where we are constantly exposed to combinations of chemicals that could be causing breast cancer throughout our lives… We want this report to be a wake-up call, to bring awareness to the issue of prevention … This report is intended to set the stage and move the country forward in much the same way the 1964 Surgeon’s General report on smoking tobacco changed how we thought about lung cancer risk", says Dr. Foreman.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute, divisions of the National Institutes of Health, support the Committee’s work in presenting bold new approaches for innovative research that represent a framework for the next generation of researchers.

Dr. Forman is the Bruton Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas Austin and the Chair of the Interagency Committee for Breast Cancer and the Environment for the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. For over 30 years, her research has focused on women’s health throughout the life course, with an emphasis on the effect of pregnancy, early childhood, puberty, and the reproductive years on risk of breast and other hormonal cancers.


Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

The Educate and Empower Series, including the annual Ask the Experts program, is generously underwritten by Texas Oncology and Texas Breast Specialists.