Posts with Type: Report

Tobacco

Tobacco Tobacco products are full of chemicals that harm our health. We can reduce our risk of breast cancer by avoiding tobacco smoke. Science Summary Tobacco smoke and secondhand smoke is a toxic mixture of chemicals and gas. Of the more than 7,000 chemicals in...

Social and Built Environment

Science Summary The built environment includes physical aspects of communities such as walkability, access to green space and recreation facilities, tree density, safe air/water/food, and public transportation. It influences our ability to exercise, our access to...

Pregnancy

Science Summary Giving birth at any age, especially at a younger age (typically under 30), is protective against most types of breast cancer. This is because a woman’s first full-term pregnancy irreversibly changes breast tissue and makes it less susceptible to...

Water Pollution

Science Summary Numerous studies demonstrate that industrial contamination of drinking water supplies is linked to increased breast cancer risk. Chemicals such as tetrachloroethylene, benzene, and vinyl chloride, which are still used in various industrial operations,...

Air Pollution

Science Summary Sources of air pollution include tobacco smoke, indoor wood burning, and more systemic sources such as traffic, industrial and agricultural activities, and fossil fuel combustion.  Among air contaminants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are...

Physical Activity

Physical Activity Physical activity protects against breast cancer. The less time we spend sitting and being inactive, the lower our risk of breast cancer. Science Summary We know that maintaining physical strength and agility into old age is extremely important for...

Occupation

Occupation Certain occupations and workplaces have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. To reduce this risk, we should support workers' right to a healthy work environment by minimizing harmful exposures and conditions linked to breast cancer. Science...

Non-Ionizing Radiation

Non-Ionizing Radiation More research is needed on the link between non-ionizing radiation (both low-frequency electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation) and breast cancer risk. We should reduce and, where possible, eliminate low-frequency electromagnetic...

Light at Night

Light at Night Light at night is exposure to light during hours when it is normally dark. Exposure to outdoor and indoor light at night at home or in the workplace can increase breast cancer risk. Science Summary Studies have shown an increased incidence of breast...

Ionizing Radiation

Science Summary For most people, the largest source of exposure to ionizing radiation is from medical diagnostic procedures, which include x-rays, mammograms, CT scans, and fluoroscopy. Currently, only mammography undergoes close federal oversight. CT scans are of the...

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