How is breast cancer caused by environmental hazards?

As discussed in Dr. Wascher’s bestselling book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, breast cancer is associated with the largest number of known risk factors of any type of cancer.  Some of these risk factors (such as age, gender, family history, dense breast tissue, and the genes we are born with) cannot be modified. However, other known breast cancer risk factors can be avoided, or at least minimized, including combination (progesterone and estrogen) hormone replacement therapy medications, obesity, physical inactivity, alcohol intake, unnecessary medical x-rays, and smoking.  
Other breast cancer risk reduction strategies to consider include decreasing your consumption of red meat and processed meats, scheduling your first planned pregnancy before age 30, and breastfeeding each of your babies for at least a year.
Additionally, adhering to current breast cancer screening recommendations, including breast exams performed by an experienced health care provider and screening mammograms, can increase the likelihood of detecting new breast cancers at an early stage, when the disease is most curable.
For additional detailed information on evidence-based approaches to cancer prevention and screening, including breast cancer, readers are referred to Dr. Wascher's book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race.  Additional evidence-based cancer prevention information is also available on Dr. Wascher's website (www.doctorwascher.com)
 
 
 
 

Women in the United States have a one-in-seven chance of developing breast cancer at some point in our lives. An extensive movement is pressing for more research on the causes of breast cancer, particularly the effect of the environment, so that preventive measures and better treatment can be developed. Certain chemicals are associated with cancer in lab animals and/or humans. Diets high in animal fat may increase the amount of fat-soluble toxins, such as dioxin, and some pesticides in your body. Over time, these compounds may trigger breast cancer by disrupting normal cell-regulation processes in sensitive breast tissue. Although women workers with high exposure to dioxin have significantly high rates of breast cancer, recent studies of endocrine disruptors and breast cancer were inconclusive. As a result, women face difficulties in assured safety at work or in avoiding hazardous chemicals that they may not even know are present in their environment. It is more important than ever for women to insist that government and industrial interests accept the responsibility for their contribution to environmental and workplace hazards that may cause cancer.

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