US Report Urges More Study of Breast Cancer's Environmental Links

"A new federal advisory panel report makes a forceful case for more research into environmental causes of breast cancer, which was diagnosed in 227,000 women, killed 40,000 and cost more than $17 billion to treat in the United States last year."

"Compiled by the congressionally mandated Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee, the report notes that most cases of breast cancer 'occur in people with no family history,' suggesting that 'environmental factors – broadly defined—must play a major role in the etiology of the disease.'

Yet only a fraction of federal research funding has gone toward examining links between breast cancer and ubiquitous chemicals such as the plastic hardening agent bisphenol A; the herbicide atrazine; and dioxin, a byproduct of plastics manufacturing and burning, says the report, prepared for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and released today."

Jim Morris reports for the Center for Public Integrity February 12, 2013.

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 02/12/2013