Environmental Health Perspectives - Priorities for Breast Cancer Research: Taking Stock of Chemicals, Biomarkers, and Exposure Assessment Tools

September 3, 2014

by Nancy Averett

Excerpt: Inherited genetic factors by themselves contribute relatively little to breast cancer risk; for many patients, researchers believe, environmental factors are likely to play a role in the development of the disease.1 Yet, few epidemiological studies have focused on chemical compounds vis-à-vis breast cancer risk due, in part, to a lack of information on which chemicals to pursue and how best to measure exposures.2,3 In a review in this issue of EHP, researchers at Silent Spring Institute examine which chemicals are of greatest concern as potential risk factors for breast cancer as well as methods for quantifying exposure to these chemicals.4

Chemicals and Breast Cancer