Monday, April 16, 2018
6:00–8:00 p.m.


Alumni House Adelphi University 154 Cambridge Avenue Garden City, NY 11530

Environmental Impact on Breast Cancer

On Monday, April 16, 2018, the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program is presenting a forum on the topic of Environmental Impact on Breast Cancer at Adelphi University’s Alumni House in Garden City from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

» Register online for the forum

This forum will describe the latest research identifying environmental risk factors for breast cancer, with a specific focus on environmental chemicals. Studies from rodents and humans have shed light on the effects of chemicals widely used in consumer products. Learn how to identify toxic environmental exposures which have been linked with breast cancer and how to avoid them by using safer alternatives in your home, work and school environment. To further protect yourself, learn how to read labels on cosmetics and other consumer products. We will also learn how we can take the challenges we face with a breast cancer diagnosis and turn that experience into being agents for change.

Laura Vandenberg, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences

Laura VandenbergDr. Laura Vandenberg earned her BS degree from Cornell University in 2003 and her PhD from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2008. After postdoc positions at The Forsyth Institute at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University, Dr. Vandenberg joined the faculty in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Fall 2013. Dr. Vandenberg’s laboratory research focuses on how low level exposures to environmental endocrine disruptors can induce diseases including infertility, metabolic syndrome, and breast cancer. Dr. Vandenberg is an author on more than 70 peer reviewed papers and nine book chapters. She has served on a number of US and international expert panels to assess endocrine disrupting chemicals and regularly speaks with regulatory agencies around the world.

Laura Weinberg
President, Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition

Laura WeinberFor over 25 years, Laura Weinberg has been working on local, state and national projects pertaining to the connection between breast cancer and the environment. Laura has been president of the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition (GNBCC) since 2001. Laura oversees all of GNBCC’s programs including its Lend a Helping Hand Program which assists newly diagnosed women. She has advocated for reduction of toxins in our environment by conducting hundreds of presentations in New York State and nationally. As a Board Member of the New York State Breast Cancer Network for 15 years, Laura has advocated for the passage of legislation on breast cancer and environmental issues, including the New York State ban on BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. Through GNBCC, in 2005, Laura founded the Students and Scientists Breast Cancer/Environmental Research Program which has sponsored 61high school student interns from Nassau County at ten research centers in the Northeast. For five years, Laura was a Community Partner with New York City Mount Sinai researchers for the federally- funded Breast Cancer; Environment Research Program (BCERP). Laura has received the following awards and recognition: U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Award, Women’s Roll of Honor of the Town of North Hempstead, Long Island Sierra Club Environmentalist of the Year, Nassau County Legislature Trailblazer Award and the League of Women Voters of Great Neck.

Karen Miller
President, Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition

Karen MillerKaren Joy Miller is the founder and President of Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (HBCAC), based in Huntington NY, established in 1992. Karen is a cancer survivor, and for over 25 years she has been a dedicated public health advocate focused on environmental triggers to breast cancer and has received numerous awards, proclamations and special recognitions. In 2000, HBCAC initiated the “Prevention Is The Cure” campaign focusing on prevention and environmental links to disease. HBCAC secured legislation to ban the use of BPA in baby bottles and Sippy cups in New York State, and the first ban in the nation on thermal cash receipts containing BPA in Suffolk County.

Karen is a board member of the Children’s Environmental Health Center, Mount Sinai and is a founding member of the NY State Breast Cancer Network. Currently, Karen’s organization HBCAC is a chosen partner with Michigan State University on the five year program – Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Program, studying environmental exposures on mammary development and breast cancer risk, a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute Project.

All forums are free and open to the public.

This forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Adelphi’s Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Avenue in Garden City. Reservations are required.

To RSVP, call 516-877-4325; e-mail or register online
at the link below.

» Register online for the forum

If you are unable to attend our forum, it will be on Facebook Live from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

A video of the event will also be available on our YouTube channel.

This event is organized by The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program and sponsored by The Junior Coalition of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer.




For further information, please contact:

Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program
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Support Hotline: 800.877.8077