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No Link Found Between DDT, PCBs and Breast Cancer

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Data from five large studies of women in the northeastern U.S. revealed no link between exposure to the pesticide DDT and the widespread industrial chemical polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and elevated rates of breast cancer.

Tags: breast cancer, women's health


Gammon MD, Neugut AI, Santella RM, Teitelbaum SL, Britton JA, Terry MB, Eng SM, Wolff MS, Stellman SD, Kabat GC, Levin B, Bradlow HL, Hatch M, Beyea J, Camann D, Trent M, Senie RT, Garbowski GC, Maffeo C, Montalvan P, Berkowitz GS, Kemeny M, Citron M, Schnabe F, Schuss A, Hajdu S, Vincguerra V, Collman GW, Obrams GI. 2002. The Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project: Description of a multi-institutional collaboration to identify environmental risk factors for breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 74(3):235-254. [Abstract]

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  • 2001: DDT, PCBs Not Linked to Higher Rates of Breast Cancer, an Analysis of Five Northeast Studies Concludes
  • 2001: DDT Use in U.S. Linked to Premature Births in the 1960s

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