Terrain.org recently interviewed Breast Cancer Fund Hero, Sandra Steingraber. Sandra is an author, biologist, cancer survivor and proud mother of two. She has been called the “poet laureate of the environmental health movement” and “the new Rachel Carson.” Like Carson, she paints pictures with her words to explain complex scientific processes like child development or cancer growth. But unlike Carson, as she points out in the Terrain interview, she weaves her personal experiences with cancer, childbirth and motherhood into her exploration of the science.
That's why Sandra was a Breast Cancer Fund Hero in 2006 and it is why BCF turned to her last year to help us with our exploration into the early timing of early puberty. Over the past few years, studies have revealed that girls as young as two are entering puberty. The reports and images are deeply disturbing. For breast cancer advocates, there is something else that is disturbing: early puberty increases breast cancer risk. As a breast cancer organization focused solely on prevention, BCF knew it needed to explore this phenomenon. We asked Sandra to help. And she sure did.
Next month, BCF will release Sandra’s report, The Falling Age of Puberty: What We Know, What We Need to Know. It is the first comprehensive review of the scientific literature on the timing of puberty—she explores pubertal development and outlines nutritional, psychosocial and environmental factors that contribute to its timing. To receive a hardcopy of the Falling Age of Puberty in the mail in late August, visit breastcancerfund.org/puberty.
And be sure to check out the Terrain.org interview to hear more from Sandra on her writing, her relationship with BCF, her family and her future.
Photo: Sandra and her children. Courtesy of Organic Valley Family of Farms.