We absorb chemicals, toxics and other manufactured hazards found in the home, workplace and environment through the air we breathe, the products we apply to our skin, the substances we come into contact with, and the food we consume.

Scientific evidence has connected environmental hazards with elevated rates of cancer, neurological disorders, allergies, behavioral changes, premature births, miscarriages, and birth impairments.

The President’s Cancer Panel (PCP) stated: “The true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated. With nearly 80,000 chemicals on the market in the United States, many of which are used by millions of Americans in their daily lives and are un- or under-studied and largely unregulated, exposure to potential environmental carcinogens is widespread.”

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This section focuses on the impact of environmental pollution on women’s reproductive and sexual health, along with activist strategies and success stories.