Chemicals and Breast Cancer
Explores the relationship between breast cancer and exposure to toxic chemicals.
Directed by Megan Siler
Produced by Plumb Pictures
Associate Producer - Cynthia Sharpe
Music by Joshua Myers
Narrated by Brooke Campanelli
Breast cancer receives a great deal of attention in the U.S. An entire month is devoted to it; millions of dollars are raised for it. People run, walk, write and conduct research--all for the cause of breast cancer. Yet, despite these efforts, growing numbers of American women develop breast cancer each year and we still do not know why, or how best to prevent it. Most breast cancer funding and research has gone toward treatment, and finding the elusive cure. Far less emphasis has been given to prevention and discovering the causes of breast cancer.
"Makes a convincing argument that chemicals in the environment could be implicated in the increasing rates of breast cancer." The Milky Way
TOXIC BUST, a thought-provoking and visually compelling documentary, uncovers the growing evidence which links breast cancer to chemical exposure.
The film follows a 40-something woman who finds a lump in her breast, but like the majority of women with breast cancer, she has none of the "established" risk factors. As she questions what may have caused her cancer, the film focuses on three cancer "hotspots" (Cape Cod MA, SF Bay Area, and hi-tech manufacturing workers) to more fully explore the connection between breast cancer and chemical exposure in the home, community and workplace.
TOXIC BUST also raises questions about the long term health costs associated with early childhood chemical exposure and highlights the disproportionate toxic burden carried by low-income communities and workers.
Interweaving fiction and documentary, hard science and personal testimony, TOXIC BUST challenges viewers to question how chemical use in the United States undermines the health of its citizens.
Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-519-9
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-518-0
"In her ground-breaking film Toxic Bust Megan Siler makes a convincing argument that chemicals in the environment could be implicated in the increasing rates of breast cancer. Toxic Bust takes viewers on a virtual journey from the affluent coastal town of Cape Cod to the densely populated San Francisco Bay Area, and then to the high-tech world of Silicon Valley through the experience of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These disparate communities share one thing in common: they are home to the highest rates of breast cancer anywhere in the world."
The Milky Way
"Toxic Bust is recommended for libraries looking for an introduction to the topic and supporting college programs in health sciences, environmental toxicology and health, women's studies and science."
Lori Widzinski, Educational Media Reviews Online
"[Toxic Bust is] well produced and soundly researched, with highly knowledgeable experts offering commentary...a solid production...it resonates so deeply in the public psyche; it belongs in every public library."
"Beautifully filmed...Toxic Bust provides a sobering glimpse into the possible dangers of our seemingly innocuous lifestyle choices. Highly Recommended."
"Toxic Bust could serve well in classrooms or in community groups to sparkle discussion, further study, and activism."
UNAFF Festival at Stanford, where the film is being screened on October 25, 2007
Awards and Festivals
CINE Golden Eagle Award
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Merit Award, Montana CINE
Society for Visual Anthropology, American Anthropological Association Film Festival
Planet in Focus, Toronto International Environmental Film Festival
Vermont International Film Festival
United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford
Mill Valley Film Festival
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
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