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Research on environmental links to breast cancer is marginalized
By Jennifer Beeman, Executive Director, BCAQc
Many breast cancer researchers agree that direct environmental exposures to carcinogens and toxic substances are the cause of breast cancer in at least 20% of cases. Only 5-10% of breast cancer is attributable to genetic causes. Yet environmental causes receive only 2per cent of breast cancer research funds and only 3-4% of those funds go to breast cancer prevention.
How Chemicals Affect Us
A widely used herbicide acts as a female hormone and feminizes male animals in the wild. Thus male frogs can have female organs, and some male fish actually produce eggs. In a Florida lake contaminated by these chemicals, male alligators have tiny penises.
Gaps in environmental regulations: placing women’s health at risk
By Ellen Sweeney, PhD
Risk factors such as diet and exercise cannot account for the increased incidence in breast cancer, particularly in industrialized countries. Consequently, it is necessary to consider the environmental links to breast cancer, including mammary carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, through everyday exposures to industrial chemicals and toxic substances in consumer products.