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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is breast cancer be related to the environment?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: App. 10-15% of all breast cancers are believed to be related to hereditary risks; therefore, in a sense, the other 85-90% are related to "environmental" factors. Unfortunately, we don't know what specific triggers are responsible for breast cancer development; but, we do know that breast cancer occurs much more frequently in developed countries. This, regrettably, is a disease of modern life.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Possibly: It is possibly related to the environment. Also genetics, hormones and other factors are at play.
Dr. Nancy Mckinney
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Sometimes : Many things contribute to developing breast cancer. Only about 10% of breast cancer are inherited. Others are brought on by other factors. “Environmental” effects we are aware of that contribute to the risk of breast cancer include alcohol consumption, obesity, radiation to the breast (especially at young age such as to treat Hodgkin disease), and estrogen consumption (as in hormone replacement)

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Last updated Dec 28, 2017

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