Friday, October 19, 2012
October is breast cancer awareness month. This month, thousands of people will participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer because they have been touched by the disease and want to do something about it. Although the Avon Walk website claims that Avon is “in it to end it,” the company uses chemicals linked to breast cancer and other diseases in its products—chemicals like parabens, triclosan and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Help us tell Avon if it wants to be “in it to end it,” it needs to stop using chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases in products women use on our bodies every day. When one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, we agree that it's important to draw attention to this devastating disease. But for us that means walking the walk, getting rid of toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer, and urging companies to think in terms of prevention. In August, we challenged Avon to meet or beat Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to getting cancer-causing chemicals out of its products. Despite thousands of you writing to Avon, the company has yet to make this commitment. Join us in asking Avon to stop using chemicals linked to cancer in its products. That's the kind of commitment that will truly make Avon “the company for women” that it claims to be. Thanks for all you do, Sarada, Darylle, Janet, Cindy, Jamie, Nneka, Shannon and all of us at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics P.S. Want some tips on preventing breast cancer? Check out these Prevention Is Power tips from our co-founder, the Breast Cancer Fund.