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State of the Evidence 2006:
What Is the Connection Between the Environment
and Breast Cancer?

State of the Evidence 2006Breast cancer rates have been climbing steadily in the United States and other industrialized countries since the 1940s, amounting to more than one million cases per year worldwide. In the United States, a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer has nearly tripled during the past four decades.

Less than one out of every 10 cases occurs in women born with a genetic predisposition for the disease, and as many as half of all breast cancers occur in women who have no known risk factors for the disease.

This State of the Evidence report demonstrates that a significant body of scientific evidence links exposure to radiation and synthetic chemicals to an increased risk of breast cancer. It summarizes the findings of more than 350 experimental, epidemiologic and ecological studies and describes some of the ongoing controversies in breast cancer research. The report recommends new directions for future research and includes a 10-point plan to act on the evidence and reduce human exposure to radiation and synthetic chemicals. This plan is based primarily on the precautionary principle, which in part states that indication of harm, not just proof of harm, is grounds for action.


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Executive Summary (202 KB)


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