13 Dec '11, 10am

Opinion: News stories miss important points of breast cancer report.: ... including polychlorinated biphenyls (P...

Opinion: News stories miss important points of breast cancer report.: ... including polychlorinated biphenyls (P...

Some media reported that a new analysis of environmental links to breast cancer tells women to stop worrying about consumer products. But these stories ignore the report’s explanation that definitive evidence is not attainable and lack of human evidence of harm doesn’t mean something is safe.The real news is that for the first time, an authoritative medical group stated that scientific evidence plausibly links pollutants and industrial chemicals with biological activity that suggests breast cancer risk. The Institute of Medicine recommends that women “limit or eliminate workplace, consumer, and environmental exposures to chemicals that are plausible contributors to breast cancer risk while considering risks of substitutes.” That advice was ignored by most media.

Full article: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2011/news...

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