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Pesticides linked to breast cancer risk

Teenage girls who live or work on farms may be putting themselves at risk of developing breast cancer in later life, researchers say. Pesticides or other toxic agents to which farm workers are exposed may be responsible for triggering changes in the developing breast, they said. A study of 1,100 women, half of whom had been diagnosed with breast cancer, found those with the disease were almost three times more likely to have been farm workers, many during adolescence. The researchers from the University of Stirling, who led the study conducted in Canada, said developing breast tissue was especially vulnerable to toxic exposures during adolescence.

Story by Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor of The Independent


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