Research emerging from the Breast Cancer and Environment Research Program indicates that interventions in environmental 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, Dawn Anderson, executive director of the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition, has launched a pilot advocacy presentation series called “Reducing Her Risk Now” at two local schools.
Earlier this week, the WBCC presented the first part at Richards Elementary in Whitefish Bay. The second part is scheduled for Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Nicolet High School in Glendale. The presentation will address how early puberty is considered a risk factor for breast 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 Anderson will discuss what parents can do to help their daughters avoid breast cancer later in life.
Presentations are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, visit www.standupandspeakout.org.