A May, 2014 article in Medical News Today, ‘Scientists identify 'high-priority' chemicals that may cause breast cancer’ explains the current breast cancer industry dilemma in the following quote. “Study author Julia Brody, PhD, executive director at Silent Spring Institute, says that the association between toxic chemicals and breast cancer has "largely been ignored" so far, adding: "Reducing chemical exposures could save many, many women's lives. When you talk to people about breast cancer prevention, chemical exposure often isn't even on their radar. Studies that address toxic chemical exposure account for just a drop in the bucket of money spent on breast cancer."
The article provides the most common types of toxic chemicals that are ‘mammary carcinogens’, where they are found (from gasoline fumes to smoke to cleansing products to hormone replacement therapy to water and other things that are part of most people’s lifestyles) and how to avoid them (practical and doable). The revealing information confirms what other forward thinking/doing researchers and advocates (like Breast Cancer Fund, see article in the recommended section) have found and reported even though much has been dismissed as ‘not enough research.’
The following quote from the article sheds light on the importance of heeding this and other similar information. “According to the research team, only 5-10% of breast cancers are a result of high-risk inherited genes. Furthermore, they note that around 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are the first in their family to develop the disease. Such figures, the researchers say, are evidence that breast cancer is caused by additional factors.
The article also points out that these research findings will be included in a larger NIH study which may have an even greater impact for environmental/toxic chemical risk factors being recognized as a valid breast cancer risk factor.