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Environmental Chemicals and Breast Cancer: What Do We Know? What Can We Do?

Posted by on March 1st, 2024 Posted in: Blog, CHES Credit, Education and Outreach, NNLM Class


Nearly 1,000 chemicals have been found in laboratory studies to alter key biological pathways to breast cancer. For instance, estrogen and progesterone are known to increase breast cancer risk and common chemicals—including drinking water pollutants and certain ingredients in pesticides, personal care products, cleaners, and other common products—can influence these hormones in ways that could lead to cancer.

An upcoming NNLM webinar, Environmental Chemicals and Breast Cancer: What Do We Know? What Can We Do? will review the science on how everyday chemical exposures can influence breast cancer risk and identify resources to help people reduce their exposures by taking simple actions as individuals and community members.  Please join guest speaker, Julia Brody, Ph.D. from the Silent Spring Institute on Wednesday, April 17th at 1 pm as she discusses this topic along with exposure studies that reveal patterns of environmental injustice, and digital resources that can help consumers make safer choices.

Please visit the NNLM web page for a full description of the webinar, Environmental Chemicals and Breast Cancer: What Do We Know? What Can We Do? and to register.   This class qualifies for CHES credit.

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Kathy Downing is the Public Health Digital Library Coordinator for the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office.

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