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[Marilie Gammon] found that a woman was 50 percent more likely to get breast cancer if her DNA had been altered by exposure to PAHs, a family of compounds formed by combustion and found in cigarette smoke, diesel exhaust and charbroiled foods, among other sources. PAHs are known to cause lung cancer in humans and breast cancer in laboratory rats.
Breast cancer has been a tantalizing area for epidemiologists and activists alike because all its known risk factors, such as a family history or having children late in life, explain less than half of all breast cancer cases. In addition, breast cancer rates can vary drastically from place to place, suggesting that something in the environment may be at work.
Newsday File Photo/Viorel Florescu - 1) Marilie Gammon, who led the study - the largest portion of the Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project - 2) had her work published in this cancer journal, below. 3) Newsday File Photo /John Paraskevas - [Debbie Basile], longtime reast cancer activist. 4) Newsday Cover Photo / Ken Spencer - Breast Cancer Ribbon.; Pollution and Breast Cancer: No Link Found. Study Finds No Evidence That 4 Chemicals Caused Cancer In Long Island Women. Newsday Cover Photo / Ken Spencer - Breast Cancer Ribbon.