Our mission is to share the conversation about chemicals
in everyday products found on the grocery shelves that contribute
to breast cancer; empowering women to make safer choices to protect
their breasts during the most vulnerable periods of their lives.

Protect Our Breasts

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Breast cancer is a disease that touches the lives of many. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the course of their lifetime.

everyday exposure

Research shows that exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and carcinogens can lead to a breast cancer diagnosis later in life.

windows of susceptibility

Up through a woman’s first full-term pregnancy is a time when women are particularly vulnerable to these harmful chemicals. It is up to us to stop breast cancer before it starts.

Protect Our Breasts

Safer Switch #4: Dryer sheets ➡️ Organic wool dryer balls

😬Dryer sheets are composed of synthetic fibers which are known to contain various endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can accumulate on your clothing in the dryer and make their way to you when you wear them. Dryer sheets also are coated in "fragrance" which we know is smart to avoid!

🧺 Wool dryer balls are able to do everything that a dryer sheet can: dry clothes, soften clothes, decrease static; they do not contain any of the harsh chemicals; they can normally be paired with essential oils to leave the same fresh scent that we all love on our clothes!
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Community Rep Spotlight: Athena Velonis “Hello! My name is Athena Velonis and I graduated from UMass last spring in 2021. After becoming such a crucial part of my experience at UMass, it is crazy to think that I was not involved with POB until the fall of my senior year. When covid began and classes turned virtual, I was looking for new ways to get involved and stay busy during my last couple semesters. What I found instead, was a community of some of the brightest, most motivated, passionate people I had ever met. My experience on the E-board taught me the true meaning of teamwork and allowed me to put into practice the skills and lessons I had learned in my previous 3 years within Isenberg. Since graduating, I am so grateful to continue my journey with POB as a Community Representative for the Northshore of MA. It is thanks to POB that I now make safer choices like using my PVC free cork yoga mat, swapping my skin and hair care products for ones with organic, clean ingredients, cooking healthy meals with organic fruits and veggies, and so much more. Now armed with the science, language, and business skills I learned from POB, I am able to share the conversation about chemicals of concern in everyday products with family, friends, and colleagues for years to come. #pob4lyfe ... See MoreSee Less

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Safer Switch #3: Conventional nail polish ➡️ Safer way to get your nails done

😷 When getting your nails done, you are exposing yourself to many chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate.

💅🏼 To limit your exposure, wear a mask when getting your nails done to avoid chemicals this graduation and prom season. Look for nail polishes made without these 10 chemicals: TPHP, Camphor, Toluene, Ethyl Tosylamide, Disbutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde Resin, Formaldehyde, Parabens, Xylene, Text-Butyl Hydroperoxide
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Today we are celebrating our graduating seniors! We are so proud of each and every single one of our graduating community members and couldn’t be more grateful for their dedication to POB throughout their high school/college career. Each and everyone of you has actively saved lives and everyone in the community is so proud of you! 💚💚💚 #pob4lyfe

To our Executive Board members, Sara, Julia and Sadie… you will never know how much you are loved by all of us! We will miss the laughter and the passionate dedication….from soup to nuts 🥜 💕💚😘
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Safer Switch #2: Conventional self tanner ➡️ Safer alternative

✋Conventional self tanners can include a combination of toxins such as dihydroxyacetone, parabens, alcohol (which dries the skin and causes a streaky color), and even formaldehyde!

☀️ Look for self tanners without these ingredients when shopping next time. Check out our website www.protectourbreasts.org/chemicals-of-concern/ for more information about chemicals in personal care and cosmetics.
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