Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach: A New Report from the IOM

December 16, 2011
12:00 pm US Eastern Time

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Although women have little or no control over some of the risk factors for breast cancer, such as those related to aging and genetics, they may be able to reduce their chances for developing the disease by avoiding certain environmental risks. Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, assesses the breast cancer risk posed by various environmental factors, identifies actions that offer potential to reduce women's risk for the disease, and recommends targets for future research. The report, sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, was released with a press briefing and presented at a plenary session at the 2011 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).

Featured Speakers

Suzanne Fenton, PhD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Cellular and Molecular Pathology Branch, National Toxicology Program, NIEHS

Peggy Reynolds, PhD, MPH, Senior Research Scientist, Cancer Prevention Institute of California

Richard Clapp, DSc, MPH, Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director, Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN) and CHE, provided a science update.

The call was moderated by Steve Heilig, San Francisco Medical Society and CHE.