Chemical ‘link’ to breast cancer

26 Jul 2005

A chemical found in cleaning materials, textiles and plastics pose a breast cancer threat, scientists from Texas and Southern Carolina believe. Experts have suspected for some time that hormone-disrupting substances in the environment may pose a threat. Now the Journal of Applied Toxicology reports one chemical, 4-nonylphenol, triggers breast cancer in mice. But cancer experts said people should not panic and that work was needed to check whether people were also at risk. The UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has already been looking at nonylphenol and a similar chemical, bisphenol A, which mimic hormones. For nonylphenol, the assessment has shown that measures to reduce the risk.

Benign Breast Disease

26 Jul 2005

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2005 (HealthDay News) — Women with benign breast disease face an elevated risk for developing breast cancer, but a new study clarifies which women within that group have higher and lower risks. “It has been known for a long time that women with benign breast disease had an increased risk of breast cancer,” said study author Dr. Lynn Hartmann, a medical oncologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “Our contribution is to provide more precise risk estimates.” The study appears in the July 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. According to an accompanying editorial, some 20 percent of U.S. women have undergone a.

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