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Adolescent Window of Breast Cancer Risk Explained in Award-Winning Video

By Jeffrey Norris | September 7, 2011

Girls may be vulnerable to environmental exposures that contribute to breast cancer decades later – the evidence comes from studies of Japanese atomic bomb survivors and studies of women who received radiation treatment for medical conditions when they were girls.

Rodent studies also point to radiation as a cause, but researchers and patient-advocates fighting breast cancer are investigating other cancer suspects – hormone-disrupting chemicals that get into the body, for instance.

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