Breast Cancer and the Environment: Science Review with Silent Spring Institute

June 19, 2007
1:00 pm US Eastern Time

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On this call we discussed the recent scientific reviews of emerging research on environmental links to breast cancer, published in Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society. The reviews cover human studies related to environmental pollutants and other factors such as diet and physical activity.

The project also compiled information about chemicals shown to cause mammary gland tumors in animal studies. The three review articles and two commentaries are supported by two publicly-accessible on-line databases that include bibliographic information, key methods and findings and critical assessments of the strength of the evidence. The databases contain reviews of approximately 450 articles reporting on human breast cancer studies and information on 216 chemicals identified as mammary carcinogens in animal studies. The databases and individual articles are available at http://sciencereview.silentspring.org/.

This work was conducted by Silent Spring Institute with researchers from Harvard University, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University of Southern California. It was supported by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Call Moderator: Michael Lerner, President of Commonweal and CHE Partner.

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