“Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations.” By J.T. Brophy and Colleagues, Environmental Health (PDF)

Endocrine disrupting chemicals and carcinogens, some of which may not yet have been classified as such, are present in many occupational environments and could increase breast cancer risk. Prior research has identified associations with breast cancer and work in agricultural and industrial settings. The purpose of this study was to further characterize possible links between breast cancer risk and occupation, particularly in farming and manufacturing, as well as to examine the impacts of early agricultural exposures, and exposure effects that are specific to the endocrine receptor status of tumours.These observations support hypotheses linking breast cancer risk and exposures likely to include carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, and demonstrate the value of detailed work histories in environmental and occupational epidemiology.

Source: Brophy, J.T. et al. 2012. “Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations with exposure to carcinogens and
endocrine disruptors: a Canadian case–control study” Environmental Health 11:87 [doi:10.1186/1476-069X-11-87]

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