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Breast Cancer Care comment on new research in to the effect of environmental factors on breast cancer

Comment on research from the Health and Environment Alliance and the CHEM Trust which claims that continued exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals can cause breast cancer.

Tara Beaumont, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care, said:

"There is currently no conclusive evidence to suggest any clear links between environmental factors and breast cancer.

"It is very difficult to isolate the effects of specific environmental as well as lifestyle factors. While this research is interesting, we are still a long way off fully determining the many and complex root causes of this disease.

"What we do know is that five to ten percent of the cases diagnosed each year are genetically inherited. However, gender and age still remain by far the biggest risk factors for developing breast cancer.

"As well as accepting invitations to regular breast screening, it is vital that women of any age remain breast aware throughout their life, by being familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel so that any changes unusual for them can be picked up quickly and reported to their doctor without delay."


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Breast Cancer Care has been working for over 30 years to make a difference in the lives of people affected by breast cancer. We provide accurate, easy to understand information as well as practical and emotional support. We are the only charity working across the UK to provide these services. Every year we receive almost two million requests for support and information through our services including our helpline, website, publications, person to person support and health promoting activities, all of which are offered free. We are committed to campaigning for better treatment and support for people with breast cancer and their families.
Anyone with breast cancer or breast health concerns can get free, confidential support and information from the Breast Cancer Care helpline on 0808 800 6000 or by visiting www.breastcancercare.org.uk.

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