There is a wide range of information on breast cancer than can
be found on the Internet. Most notable is the impact environmental
factors can have on breast cancer development. Scientific studies have
found a link between diet, lifestyle, pesticides, chemicals,
pollutants, and other environmental factors that could be increasing
any woman's breast cancer risk. Most research suggests that a healthy
diet low in fat, sugar, and alcohol consumption can help reduce the
risk. In addition, low activity levels and cigarette smoking can
significantly increase a woman's risk. There are certain lifestyle
choices that can be made to promote breast health. However, there are
certain factors such as exposure to chemicals, pollutants, and
pesticides that can be out of a person's control. A person can't
knowingly avoid air pollution or be sure their food is pesticide-free.
Therefore it is important for women to control the factors they can,
such as diet and exercise. Breast cancer is the second most common
cancer in women and the 7th leading cause of
death according to the CDC. It is imperative that women be proactive
about the risk factors.
Western Diet May Increase Risk: a
recent study shows that the Western diet high in meats and sugar may
contribute to breast cancer risk.
Does Diet Affect Breast Cancer Risk?:
a study that details the effects of alcohol consumption and weight gain
on breast cancer development.
Reduce Fat Levels: the results of a
study from the Women's Intervention Nutrition Study show that a
decrease in fat intake can decrease a woman's chance of developing
Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer: a
discussion of plant foods such as soybeans on breast cancer risk.
Increased Risk of Second Breast Cancer:
a study that shows certain lifestyle factors increase the chance of
re-occurrence in survivors.
Healthier Habits: an overview of
healthy lifestyle choices that can reduce breast cancer risks.
Lifestyle Factors that Can Reduce Risk:
a compilation of information on the researched effects of such things
as birth control pills, antibiotics, and hormone therapy and their
links to breast cancer.
Smoking Ups Breast Cancer Risk: a
recent study shows that smoking as few as 100 cigarettes over a
lifetime can significantly increase a woman's chance of breast cancer
Historical Exposure to Pesticides:
includes the abstract and full length PDF text of a study of pesticides
and breast cancer as far back as the use of DDT in 1948.
An Evaluation of Diazinon: a fact
sheet on the link between the pesticide Diazinon and breast cancer.
Pesticides and Herbicides: a study
that shows leaner post-menopausal women with pesticide residue in their
fat tissue have a higher rate of breast cancer.
Farmers' Wives: a study in the
American Journal of Epidemiology of the breast cancer rate of farmers'
wives due to pesticide usage.
Heterocyclic Amines in Cooked Meats:
a recent study shows that certain meats at high temperatures produce a
chemical that has been linked to specific cancers including breast
Industrial Chemicals: an overview
of certain chemicals such as organochlorines and dioxins that have an
impact on breast cancer development.
Childhood at Risk: an hour long
video that discusses the impacts of childhood exposure to chemicals
including a segment on the exposure of young woman and the link to
Bisphenol-A (BPA): a look at the
synthetic estrogen used in everyday products that has been linked to
breast cancer rates.
Breast Cancer Statistics: a
regional study that shows breast cancer rates to be higher for those
who live near the Pottstown Landfill than the national and tri-county
Pollutants of the Environment and Breast
Cancer: studies show that pollutants can aid in breast tumor
growth, damage DNA, and increase risk by altering mammary gland
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons:
research the impact of this air pollutant on breast cancer risk.
Seven Things You Should Know About Breast
Cancer Risk: an overview of the major risk factors including
low activity levels and alcohol consumption.
Silicone Breast Implant Study: a
study on the long term health effects of breast implants on breast
Light at Night Raises Breast Cancer Risk:
an Israeli study that shows women exposed to more light at night have a
higher risk of breast cancer due to its impact on melatonin production.