These materials were made possible through Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which are part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contract #HHSN273201000070U.
The BCERP graphic image that appears on predesigned materials may not be altered.
The content and images in the predesigned, downloadable PDFs SHOULD NOT be modified by other organizations. The only exceptions permitted are:
- Local organizations may add their contact information and logo to the “For More Information” box on the brochure and print advertisements. Note: the contact information and logo have to fit within the confines of the “For More Information” box on the back cover of the brochure.
Downloading Text and Adapting the Materials
These materials are also available as plain text for downloading and adapting by local organizations. You may customize materials in this section when doing so will help reach particular cultural or ethnic populations within your local community. Examples intended for African-American populations have been included for some items as an example of this kind of adaption.
Text should be altered with care. Great effort has been made to keep it as simple as possible while maintaining scientific accuracy. However, the use of alternate photographs, imagery, and language appropriate to a particular audience may help make the materials more effective.
The alternate materials in this section all use the same text, for example, but the printed materials use images predominantly of African Americans, and the voice on the audio file is more likely to be associated with an African American.
Materials should be customized with cultural sensitivity, and should never evoke stereotypes or assumptions about education or literacy levels.
In these cases:
- Text must be added that states, “This material is adapted from information/materials developed by the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program. Additional information on the program can be found at www.bcerp.org.”
- Additional changes can be made to the materials, including:
- Images may be replaced with locally, culturally appropriate images. If organizations insert other images, they are encouraged to make sure the images are not copyrighted, or if copyrighted, permission is obtained to use the images before disseminating the modified materials.
- Fonts and color schemes can be changed.
- Local contact information, organizational logos, and organizational names can be added.
- Specific phrases used in the original NIH/BCERP materials can be revised to be more appropriate for the intended audience. However, when such changes are made, we encourage consultation with a BCERP program director, the BCERP Steering Committee, or other experts in breast cancer research and treatment to ensure that the scientific information remains accurate.