Explore the science behind our work.

In our background science briefings you’ll find information about specific chemicals or lifestyle factors that have been linked to breast cancer, why they have been linked to the disease, and links to the original research papers which support these claims.

Aluminium Salts as Antiperspirants

September 2019|Size: 1.03 MB |

The use of aluminium salts in antiperspirants has caused debate amongst scientists – some say their use may potentially increase the risk of breast cancer. Others say there is insufficient...
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Breast Cancer Risk Factors

June 2019|Size: 7.12 MB |

A risk factor for cancer is anything that might cause you to be more likely to develop the disease. This brief discusses the major risk factors known or suspected of...
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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)

September 2018|Size: 1.06 MB |

EDCs are chemicals that interfere with any aspect of hormone function. They are mostly synthetic, present in many products, and widespread in the environment. Some mimic oestrogen and increase breast...
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Parabens

May 2018|Size: 1.13 MB |

Parabens are preservatives found in cosmetics, personal care products, and some processed foods. They are widespread in the environment. They act as weak oestrogen mimics and may affect breast cancer...
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Top Five Tips

November 2017|Size: 1.97 MB |

It’s estimated that between a quarter and two thirds of breast cancer cases may be preventable. Here are our top tips to help women and men reduce their risk of...
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Flame Retardants

July 2017|Size: 2.63 MB |

Certain flame retardants, which are used to prevent fires, are carcinogenic (cause cancer) or are endocrine disrupting chemicals. This brief discusses flame retardants that may affect breast cancer risk.
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Air pollution

April 2017|Size: 2.51 MB |

Air pollution is thought to contribute to over 40, 000 deaths each year in the UK. It has been linked to a range of illnesses, including lung cancer, asthma and...
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Male Breast Cancer

March 2017|Size: 1.92 MB |

Each year around 370 men in the UK get breast cancer. Breast cancer is rare in men as they have less breast tissue and lower lifetime exposure to oestrogen. This...
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Bisphenol A or BPA

October 2016|Size: 1.39 MB |

Bisphenol A is a synthetic compound used in production of plastics, resins and thermal ink. It is a reproductive toxicant and oestrogen mimic. This brief discusses evidence which suggests BPA...
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Biology of breast cancer

May 2016|Size: 1.85 MB |

Cancer is a complex disease involving many stages of development, often over long periods of time. This brief examines the biology of breast cancer and how this relates to breast...
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In-utero Exposures

June 2015|Size: 1.92 MB |

In utero exposures are those that occur in the womb. This brief discusses in utero exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals and cancer-causing agents that may increase the risk of developing...
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Cosmetics and Personal Hygiene Products

June 2015|Size: 2.10 MB |

Cosmetics and personal hygiene products contain a range of chemicals with specific functions such as preservatives and fragrances. Some of these are EDCs that mimic oestrogen and may affect breast...
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