Komen for the poison?

Breast-cancer research organization denies link between cancer and BPA

Widely known nonprofit organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is dedicated to funding breast-cancer research, has denied the link between the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and cancer despite mounting scientific evidence.

On its website, the organization downplays evidence presented by President Obama’s Cancer Panel in 2010, according to media sources. The panel found that more than 130 studies have linked BPA—which is in a number of household items, including plastic food-storage containers and the lining of canned-food cans—to breast cancer, obesity and other health problems.

“[A]t this time, there is no evidence to suggest a link between BPA and risk of breast cancer,” it says at www.komen.org. There has been speculation that corporate sponsors that manufacture products containing BPA are influencing the organization’s stance.

On Oct. 5, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation banning baby bottles and sippy cups containing BPA.