The Breast Biologues is an award-winning, animated video narrated by Peter Coyote that explains how the normal breast develops and how exposure to potential cancer-causing chemicals at specific times during breast development may influence future breast cancer risk. The video is part of an educational toolkit that also includes a narrative comic book. It was developed by the Bay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center (BABCERC), one of four centers in the U.S. tasked with studying environmental causes of breast cancer by focusing on mammary gland development during puberty, a time when the breast may be particularly vulnerable to environmental influences. In 2010, the Centers transitioned to the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program, a nationwide network of grants jointly funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Cancer Institute.

The project is a result of the collaboration between Lori Schkufza, an animation consultant; basic science researchers: Dr. Zena Werb at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Paul Yaswen at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Dr. Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff at New York University Langone School of Medicine; and Casandra Aldsworth and Janice Barlow at Zero Breast Cancer, the grant's Community Partner.

©2010 Bay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center

This project is supported by Award Number U01 ES012801 and U01 ES019458 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Cancer Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Cancer Institute or the National Institutes of Health.

To order copies of the Breast Biologues educational toolkit, please visit: surveymonkey.com/s/ZBC

For more information about the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program, please visit: bcerp.org

Questions?
Please contact Zero Breast Cancer by emailing info@zerobreastcancer.org or calling 415-507-1949.

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