Breast cancer prevention

Unpacking the great mammography debate

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English
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Déballer le grand débat sur la mammographie
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
Author: 
Cornelia J. Baines
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To the Point - Guest Column
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CWHN
Publication Date: 
2012

Discusses the debates about mammography screening, arguing that screening can often be unnecessary and have negative impacts. Notes that screening has not reduced incidence of advanced cancers, a prerequisite for successful screening.

Being proactive about your breast health

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English
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S’occuper activement de la santé de ses seins
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
Author: 
Verna Hunt
Edition: 
To the Point - Guest Column
Publisher: 
CWHN
Publication Date: 
2013

Discusses a holistic approach to breast health and breast cancer prevention that accounts for the evidence that breast cancer is caused not only by genetic predisposition, but also by environmental and lifestyle factors.

The Cancer-Smart Guide to Breast Cancer Prevention

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English
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Online
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Toxic Free Canada
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

A free 24-page downloadable guide to peer-reviewed research on breast cancer prevention.

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Available online.
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ISBN 978-0-9735886-5-1

Not a flower shop: exploring breast cancer risk and gender bias ... in the automotive plastic parts industry in Ontario

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Pas un magasin de fleurs : Une exploration des risques de cancer du sein et des préjugés liés au genre ... dans l’industrie des pièces d’automobile en plastique en Ontario
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
Author: 
Mary-Louise Leidl
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Summer 2012
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CWHN Network
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Discusses the work of researchers Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith who have studied the links between cancer risk and occupation in the automovie plastics industry in Sarnia, Ontario. Much of the material used in this article is drawn from the chapter entitled “Plastics Industry Workers and Breast Cancer Risk: Are We Heeding the Warnings?” in the book Consuming Chemicals: Law, Science and Policy for Women's Health, edited by D.N. Scott and written by Brophy, Keith, and fellow researchers Robert DeMatteo, Michael Gilbertson, Andrew Watterson and Matthias Beck. 

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Includes references.

Mammography screening: weighing the pros and cons for women’s health

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
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Ann Silversides
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CWHN Network
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Summer 2012
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Explains the current issues with mammography scrrening and summarizes the evidence about it. Discusses the recent controversies about the guideline on screening for breast cancer for average-risk women (aged 40 to 79) that was released in late 2011 by The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. This guideline updated screening recommendations made by the Task Force’s predecessor, the Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Examination, in 2001. The focus of the guideline is on mammography screening, but the guideline authors also recommended against clinical breast examination (by physicians) and breast self-examination by patients. 

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Breast self-examination: what it means and why the thinking about it has changed

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L’auto-examen des seins : ce que cela signifie et pourquoi les opinions ont changé
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
Author: 
Ann Silversides
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Network Magazine, 2012
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Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
July 2012
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Discusses the controversies about the guideline on screening for breast cancer for average-risk women (aged 40 to 79) that was updated in late 2011 by The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. Explains the issues and summarizes the evidence and current thinking about breast self-examination.

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Plastics industry workers and breast cancer risk: Q & A

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Les travailleuses de l’industrie des matières plastiques et le risque du cancer du sein : Q et R
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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
Publisher: 
National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

A question and answer format factsheet on the health issues facing women who work in industries, such as the automotive industry, in which they work with plastics. Discusses the risk of developing breast cancer due to these exposures, the current situation with occupational health standards, and what should be done to change those standards.

Pathways to breast cancer: a case study for innovation in chemical safety evaluation

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English
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Megan Schwarzman
Sarah Janssen
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Regents of the University of California
Publication Date: 
2010

A report of the Breast Cancer and Chemicals Policy Project, arising because proposed legislation in the US calls for disclosure of information about the toxicity of industrial chemicals. Investigates how such efforts could help identify chemicals that may raise the risk of breast cancer. Includes a testing scheme, called the Hazard Identification Approach, that provides a methodology for identifying substances that could elevate breast cancer risk.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Rethinking breast cancer and the environment: the case for the precautionary principle

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Devra Lee Davis
Deborah Axelrod
Lisa Bailey
Mitchell Gaynor
Annie J. Sasco
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Volume 106, Number 9
Publisher: 
Environmental Health Perspectives
Publication Date: 
September 1998

Provides a framework for examining and determining the environmental causes of breast cancer. 

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Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (2.8M), or click on an image on the Abstract page to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

State of the evidence 2010: the connection between breast cancer and the environment

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Janet Gray, Ph.D.
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6th ed.
Publisher: 
Breast Cancer Fund
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
San Francisco, CA

This edition of the Breast Cancer Fund's landmark report summarizes and evaluates the scientific evidence linking exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments to increased breast cancer risk. It also links the science to actions we can take to reduce the risk.

Includes a new advocacy section, From Science to Action, by Janet Nudelman M.A. and Connie Engel, Ph.D.

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Available to download for free from their website
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Includes bibliographic references. 132 pp
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