US breast cancer study suggests risks from chemicals

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 23 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1057
  1. F B Charatan

    A study by the New York State department of health suggests that post- menopausal women who lived near a chemical plant on Long Island between 1965 and 1985 were at increased risk of breast cancer. The study found that the risk for women living within one square kilometer of a chemical plant during that time was 60% greater than for women who lived elsewhere. This calculation took into account other known risk factors for the disease.

    Breast cancer support groups on Long Island have campaigned for years for research into environmental causes of the disease. The rate of breast cancer among women is 112 …

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