Breast cancer and the environment

Plastics industry workers and breast cancer risk: Q & A

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Les travailleuses de l’industrie des matières plastiques et le risque du cancer du sein : Q et R
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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
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National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

A question and answer format factsheet on the health issues facing women who work in industries, such as the automotive industry, in which they work with plastics. Discusses the risk of developing breast cancer due to these exposures, the current situation with occupational health standards, and what should be done to change those standards.

Pathways to breast cancer: a case study for innovation in chemical safety evaluation

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English
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Megan Schwarzman
Sarah Janssen
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Regents of the University of California
Publication Date: 
2010

A report of the Breast Cancer and Chemicals Policy Project, arising because proposed legislation in the US calls for disclosure of information about the toxicity of industrial chemicals. Investigates how such efforts could help identify chemicals that may raise the risk of breast cancer. Includes a testing scheme, called the Hazard Identification Approach, that provides a methodology for identifying substances that could elevate breast cancer risk.

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Download summary and full report from their website.
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Includes bibliographical references.

Rethinking breast cancer and the environment: the case for the precautionary principle

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English
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Devra Lee Davis
Deborah Axelrod
Lisa Bailey
Mitchell Gaynor
Annie J. Sasco
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Volume 106, Number 9
Publisher: 
Environmental Health Perspectives
Publication Date: 
September 1998

Provides a framework for examining and determining the environmental causes of breast cancer. 

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Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (2.8M), or click on an image on the Abstract page to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

State of the evidence 2010: the connection between breast cancer and the environment

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English
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Janet Gray, Ph.D.
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6th ed.
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Breast Cancer Fund
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
San Francisco, CA

This edition of the Breast Cancer Fund's landmark report summarizes and evaluates the scientific evidence linking exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments to increased breast cancer risk. It also links the science to actions we can take to reduce the risk.

Includes a new advocacy section, From Science to Action, by Janet Nudelman M.A. and Connie Engel, Ph.D.

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Available to download for free from their website
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Includes bibliographic references. 132 pp

Get the Word Out!

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English
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Parlons-en!
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Breast cancer prevention project of the CWHN. Includes five postcards for public distribution. Aims to promote awareness of the need for researchers and policy-makers to focus on the causes of breast cancer. Examines the origin of the breast cancer ribbon campaign with its focus on preventable causes, and how the goals of breast cancer campaigns have focussed most of their resources on treatment and cure. Includes downloadable PDF’s of the five postcards, as well as five web pages where readers can learn more about the preventable causes of breast cancer, and link to the organizations that are looking at this issue.

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Available online. Contact the office to order postcards.

Silent Spring Institute Guide to cohort studies for environmental breast cancer research

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English
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Online
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Silent Spring Institute
Publication Place: 
Newton, MA, USA

An interactive tool for increasing researchers’ access to critical data from cohort studies. This tool contains key information about 50 ongoing cohort studies in which women’s health status was assessed over time and environmental and other exposure data were either collected or could be derived. Researchers can use the tool to learn more about the studies and gain ideas for potential collaboration.

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Visit their website to read online and to download.

Silent Spring Insititute

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
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Research

Staffed by researchers who partner with physicians, public health and community advocates and other scientists to identify and break the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health, especially breast cancer. 

Contact Info
Primary Telephone: 
617.332.4288
Email Address: 
info@silentspring.org
Fax Number: 
617.332.4284
Street Address: 
29 Crafts Street
City: 
Newton
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MA
Postal/ZIP Code: 
02458
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USA

Bay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center (BABCERC)

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All women
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Educational Institution
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English
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Research

One of four centers nationwide that studies the environmental causes of breast cancer by focusing on mammary gland development during puberty when the breast may be especially vulnerable to environmental influences. The Center is based at the University of California San Francisco under the leadership of Dr. Robert A. Hiatt, Director of Population Sciences, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Contact Info
Primary Telephone: 
415.514.8183
Email Address: 
bayarea@bcerc.org
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Street Address: 
University of California, San Francisco
Addt'l Street Address: 
Box 0560
City: 
San Francisco
Province: 
CA
Postal/ZIP Code: 
94143-0560
Country: 
USA

Puberty, breast cancer, and the environment

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Bay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center (BABCERC)
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
San Francisco, CA

Myriad factors, including biology, the environment, lifestyle, and body composition, influence the age at which puberty begins. Studies have shown that women who start menstruating at an early age have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. This research in this report stems from the hypothesis that early environmental exposures can influence mammary gland or breast development and the age when puberty begins, which may in turn affect the risk of breast cancer in later life.

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Available online.
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Includes bibliographical references.

State of the evidence: the connection between breast cancer and the environment

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English
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Janet Gray Ph.D.
Janet Nudelman, M.D.
Connie Engel, Ph.D.
Publisher: 
Breast Cancer Fund (US)
Publication Date: 
2008

A comprehensive report on the environmental exposures linked to increased breast cancer risk, including natural and synthetic estrogens; xenoestrogens and other endocrine-disrupting compounds; carcinogenic chemicals and radiation.

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Contact their office to order a copy. Also available online.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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