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Environmental risks of breast cancer remain uncertain

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7929 (Published 08 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7929
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Women may be able to reduce their risk of breast cancer by minimising exposure to environmental risk factors, but incomplete data and interactions with genetic susceptibility make it difficult to quantify the effect for individual women, concludes a new report from the US Institute of Medicine.

The 364 page review of the evidence was commissioned by the breast cancer charity Susan G Komen for the Cure and released on 7 December at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

The strongest evidence for reducing environmental risks is for women to:

  • Avoid …

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