Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer


Do Chemicals Cause Breast Cancer?

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You’re likely referring to a report from the nonprofit Silent Spring Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health that identified 17 groups of common chemicals that may be linked to breast cancer. This was not about a new study, but simply a literature survey designed to identify chemicals that have been associated with breast tumors in animals, followed by a look at studies that have shown links between those chemicals and human breast cancer. Among the chemicals identified are synthetics in automotive exhaust, paint removers, disinfectants, flame retardants (used on furniture, rugs and mattresses), stain-resistant textiles (such as upholstery fabrics) combustion products (benzene and butadiene), which we’re exposed to when we’re in the presence of tobacco smoke, as well as compounds in charred or burned food.

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