Exposure to environmental oestrogenic chemicals and breast cancer.
Darbre, P. (2010) Exposure to environmental oestrogenic chemicals and breast cancer. Current Medical Literature - Breast Cancer, 22 (4). pp. 113-122. ISSN 0956-6511 [print] 1759-8060 [online]
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The human population is now exposed on a daily basis to a multitude of environmental pollutant chemicals that would not have been present a century ago, and many of these chemicals have been detected in the human breast. The fatty nature of human breast tissue makes it a particular target for lipophilic as well as hydrophilic pollutant chemicals, which may enter the human body through oral, respiratory, or dermal routes. These chemicals possess a range of endocrine-disrupting properties and genotoxic activity, but from a breast cancer perspective the greatest concern has centered around their ability to mimic or interfere with the action of estrogen. The breast is an endocrine target organ and exposure to estrogen is a known risk factor for breast cancer.