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Science and Research

Breast Cancer UK's concerns about the links between harmful chemicals and breast cancer is supported by decades of scientific evidence.  However, this evidence often only appears in complex scientific papers and journals and can sometimes be difficult to understand. 

In these pages you'll find more information about specific chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer, why they have been linked to the disease, and links to the original data.  For more information and a full list of references, download the Background Briefing that accompanies each section.  

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Air pollution

The quality of the air we breath affects our health and may be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

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Bisphenol A

Scientific evidence links even low level exposures to Bisphenol A (BPA) to changes in the breast which could increase the risk of breast cancer.

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Flame Retardants

Some flame retardants can trigger similar actions to those initiated by natural oestrogen and so may increase breast cancer risk.  But what are flame retardants and where are they used?

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There is growing scientific concern about the potentially adverse health effects of exposure to glyphosate

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In-utero exposures

There is growing concern that prenatal exposures to harmful chemicals may lead to adverse health effects some of which may not appear until adulthood.

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Parabens are known EDCs and are found in a range of products including cosmetics.

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Male Breast Cancer

It’s not only women who get breast cancer, men can also develop the disease.  How many men get breast cancer and what triggers the disease in men?

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