“Report Faults Priorities in Studying Breast Cancer.” By Denise Grady, The New York Times

Too little of the money the federal government spends on breast cancer research goes toward finding environmental causes of the disease and ways to prevent it, according to a new report from a group of scientists, government officials and patient advocates established by Congress to examine the research. The report, “Breast Cancer and the Environment — Prioritizing Prevention,” focuses on environmental factors, which it defines broadly to include behaviors, like alcohol intake and exercise; exposures to chemicals like pesticides, industrial pollutants, consumer products and drugs; radiation; and social and socioeconomic factors. The 270-page report notes that scientists have long known that genetic and environmental factors contribute individually and also interact with one another to affect breast cancer risk.

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Related article: “Breast Cancer and the Environment.” By Gayle Sulik, Breast Cancer Consortium

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