Breast cancer can't be traced back to any one thing. Rather than looking for single, direct causes, we should recognize the multiple, interacting factors that influence risk.
Among the risk factors are exposures to radiation, carcinogens and chemicals that act like hormones (known as endocrine disruptors). Add into the mix your genes, diet, lifestyle and reproductive history and you begin to see the complex web of breast cancer causation.
At the Breast Cancer Fund, we focus on understanding the environmental exposures linked to breast cancer. Some of these exposures have a direct effect on our biological processes, and some have an interactive effect when combined with others. Either way, by learning how these exposures affect breast cancer, we can take action to reduce our risk.
The information below is selected from our landmark report, State of the Evidence (Sixth edition 2010).
Which Chemicals Are Linked to Breast Cancer?
From cosmetics to air pollution, learn which chemicals we're concerned about and where they're found.Learn More
Depending on where you live, where you work and your ethnic background, you might have an increased risk of breast cancer.Learn More
Timing of Exposure
The timing of chemical and radiation exposure is at least as important as the dose.Learn More
The links between breast cancer and our environment are complex and underexplored. But research can help us connect these dots.Learn More
Find fast answers about harmful chemicals and radiation.Learn More
Two strikes against BPA this week: California's Prop 65 and French report advising pregnant women to avoid exposure to the chemical.
More coverage of the Congressionally mandated federal advisory committee report on breast cancer prevention and the environment.