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Educating the Community

Zero Breast Cancer is dedicated to translating the results of breast cancer research for the community and bringing international experts to the Bay Area to speak about cutting-edge research and new techniques in the search for the causes of the disease.


Community Educational Forums

“The Promise of Stem Cells in Human Health”

Dominican University of California and Zero Breast Cancer hosted a one-day conference at Dominican University of California on Saturday, February 9, 2008. This informative forum brought together internationally acclaimed stem cell researchers, public health professionals, public policy leaders, students and community members for an interactive exchange of information about current issues involving the ethics, policy, and science of stem cell research.

> Click here to view the summaries, presentations and videos from the conference.


“Positive Effects of Physical Activity on Breast Cancer”

Drs. Leslie Bernstein and Joan Bloom discussed the positive effects of physical activity and reducing breast cancer risk in a forum held on January 18, 2007.

> Click here to view the summary of the forum.


“Toxic Bust”

Over 130 people attended a sneak preview of the upcoming film Toxic Bust: Chemicals and Breast Cancer at the Lark Theater on February 16, 2006. Blending fiction and documentary, Toxic Bust is both an informative and emotionally engaging documentary that gives voice and cultural context to women's experience of breast cancer while revealing the relationship between degradation of our bodies and of our environment. The film suggests that our breasts are fast becoming a repository for environmental toxins.

> Click here to read the full article.


“Stress and Breast Cancer: An Educational Forum with Dr. David Spiegel”

Dr. David Spiegel, Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford Medical Center, shared the results of a recently completed study, “Breast Cancer and Psychosocial Factors: Early Stressful Life Events, Social Support and Well Being.” The sample for this study was the 600 women from Marin County who participated in the Zero Breast Cancer research project: “Adolescent Risk Factor Study and the Development of Breast Cancer in Marin.”

> Click here to view the recap of Dr. Spiegel’s presentation.


“Biomonitoring: A Community Forum”

Provided a forum for participants from a variety of perspectives and with varying expertise an opportunity to discuss the scientific, ethical and public policy issues related to biomonitoring.

> Click here to view the forum summaries.

To order a $20 copy of Critical Issues in Biomonitoring, contact Adrienne York at


“Breast Cancer Screening: Making an Informed Decision”

Dr. Virginia Ernster, PhD., Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine, UCSF.


“The Environment and Breast Cancer: A Case for Prevention”

Dr. Julia Brody, PhD., Executive Director of Silent Spring Institute in Massachusetts, a non-profit research organization dedicated to studying the links between the environment and womenâs health.


“Breast Cancer: The Genetic Factor”

Genetics researcher, Dr. Kirsten Moysich, PhD, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and genetics counselor; Robin Lee, University of California, San Francisco, Cancer Risk Program.


“After the Diagnosis: Whatâs Next?”

Dr. W. Goodson III, MD, Surgeon, Department of Surgery at California Pacific Medical Research Institute; Dr. Robert Gould, MD, Pathologist, Kaiser Hospital; Anne Shew, MLS, Librarian; Mary Beth Faustine, Breast Care Coordinator, Kaiser.


“Demonstrating Geographic Information Systems”

Zero Breast Cancer as part of the Marin Environmental Data Study hosted a community demonstration on GIS, Health and the Environment in partnership with Dr. John Radke and the GIS Center at UC Berkeley.


“California Teachers and Breast Cancer: Personal and Environmental Risk Factors”

Dr. Leslie Bernstein, PhD, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Dr. Suzanne Lea, PhD., Research Epidemiologist, Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.


“Breast Cancer: An Introduction to Epidemiology”

Dr. Tina Clarke, PhD, Northern California Cancer Center; Dr. Christine Erdmann, Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


“Community-Based, Participatory Research for Health”

Dr. Meredith Minkler, PhD, Professor of Community Health Education and Health & Social Behavior, Division of Health & Social Behavior, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.


“X-ray Doses as a Cause of Breast and other Cancers”

John Goffman, MD, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, Clinical Lecturer of Medicine, UC Berkeley.


“Environmental Connections to Cancer in Richmond - Marin Countyâs Neighbor across the Bay”

Henry Clark, Executive Director of West County Toxics Coalition.


“Environmental Estrogens: Should we be Concerned?”

Dr. Ana Soto, Professor, Center for Reproductive Research, Tufts University School of Medicine.


“How Toxic Substances Cause Cancer”

Dr. Marc Lappé, Center for Ethics and Toxics in Gualala, Ca.


“The Age of Extinctions and the Emerging Environmental Health Movement”

Michael Lerner, President of Commonweal


“Breast Cancer Prevention Workshop”

Hosted by Zero Breast Cancer at the Bioneers Conference.


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