New evidence links chemical breast cancer risk to workplace exposures in plastics industry

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A new Canadian study published this week presents strong evidence that women working in the plastics industry are exposed to workplace chemicals that can increase their risk of breast cancer and reproductive abnormalities.

This study, spearheaded by Robert DeMatteo, in partnership with Margaret Keith, James Brophy, and the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH), supports Brophy and Keith’s recently reported epidemiological findings of a 5-fold elevated breast cancer risk for premenopausal women who work in the plastics industry. Together, these studies reveal the need for swift regulatory action on carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting chemicals in Canada.

Read the press release and the study on our website.