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Prevention of breast cancer key to reducing burden of the disease

A federal advisory committee of leading breast cancer experts finds that preventing breast cancer is done through identifying and eliminating environmental causes

07.03.2013 |Breast Cancer Fund

The report clearly states that it is necessary to focus on environmental causes of breast cancer. Prevention of environmental causes needs as much attention as treatment and cure of breast cancer.

The report form the National institute of Environmental Health Sciences supports claims of the Breast Cancer Fund and many other NGOs who raise awareness for the danger of carcinogenic chemicals. The report concludes that environmental factors like toxic chemical exposure increase breast cancer risk. It also identifies the gaps in research and policies. It calls for a national, comprehensive, cross-governmental breast cancer prevention strategy.

The report also gives some recommendations how to tackle the prevention of breast cancer from environmental causes:
  • Develop a national breast cancer prevention strategy to prioritize and increase federal government investments in breast cancer prevention.
  • Intensify the study of chemical and physical factors that potentially influence the risk of developing and likelihood of surviving breast cancer.
  • Plan strategically across federal, state and nongovernmental organizations to accelerate the pace of scientific research on breast cancer and the environment and to foster innovation and collaborative science.
The Breast Cancer Fund especially points towards EDCs (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals) as environmental causes for breast cancer. The report assesses that most breast cancer cases appear without the family having a history of cancer or specifically breast cancer, which suggests that environmental causes are involved in the disease.
You can read the full press release here.

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