CHEMICALS AND BREAST CANCER
ANCHOR LEAD: ARE ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURES CAUSING BREAST CANCER? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Chemicals found in the environment cause breast cancer in animals and may be responsible for much of the breast cancer in women, federal researchers reported. Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says while such exposures may play a role, there’s another clear culprit.
PARK: Husbands living with their wives, brothers living with their sisters, we’re usually exposed to the same types of environmental insults and yet women are the ones who get breast cancer, not men, in general. And so yes, I’m not saying that there isn’t an environmental influence, there probably is some but overall, everyone kind of has to take a step back and realize that the most important risk factor as far as genetics, environment, etcetera is really going to be about having uninterrupted, prolonged estrogen exposure, which is going to predispose women for developing breast cancer. :29
Park says the best strategy for women is to live as healthy a lifestyle as possible and get regular screening exams. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.