Cancer and the Environment
We all strongly suspect that there are some environmental causes (or, at least, associations, influences) with breast cancer, but it is ext hard to isolate and prove anything. Beyond the known bad effects of tobacco and asbestos, little is absolute. In the Boston area, Silent Spring leads this effort. This is a article from City of Hope's enewsletter about current research efforts at their institution:
They might lurk in the garden, in a plastic bottle or in a tub of laundry. Swirling in the air around us and in the water we drink, environmental chemicals could pose a significant threat to women's health.
Fortunately, Shiuan Chen, Ph.D., is working to bring these potentially cancer-boosting agents to light.
Chen, director of City of Hope's Division of Tumor Cell Biology, is combing the environment for chemicals that may increase women's risk of breast cancer or spur on existing disease.
Supported by a new, $1.5 million grant from theCalifornia Breast Cancer Research Program, Chen will lead a team to identify chemicals in the environment that can mimic hormones and stimulate breast cancer cells