WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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fitness & health "the United States has been slow to get on the bandwagon against chemicals" Even though its focus has grown beyond cancer prevention into other health concerns, Griffith says they didn't consider renaming the organization because the name of the WCPP is too well known in the community. Griffith, a breast cancer survivor who became the WCPP president in July of this year, says that the organization's main focus is on living a healthy life with the minimum exposure to toxic chemicals, which can cause cancer, as well as other health risks. Griffith stresses that only eight percent of cancers are caused by genetics. The other 92 percent are caused by environmental factors, many of which we can monitor and control. "When people think of toxic chemicals," says Griffith, "they think of serious poisons, not window cleaners with ammonia and harmful chemicals, but they should." The WCPP sponsored a booth and presentation at the Wellesley High School Eco-Expo about chemicals in personal care products. 134 WellesleyWeston Magazine | winter 2012/2013 COUR TESY OF WELLESLEY CANCER PREVENTION PROJECT

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