Environmental factors affecting the risk of breast cancer

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Taylor, Cheryl M (2007) Environmental factors affecting the risk of breast cancer. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity amongst females of the Australian population. There is still uncertainty as to the causes of breast cancer, however, there are some factors that are thought to increase one's likelihood of developing the disease. These factors include age, gender, family history of the disease especially if there are first degree relatives affected, history of benign breast disease, age at menarche, age at menopause, number of full term pregnancies and the use of hormone therapies. Some researchers suggest that as the incidence of breast cancer is rising, and coincides with increased industrialisation, they suggest that environmental pollutants may contribute to breast cancer risk. This thesis further explores this theory.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15710
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords Breast, Cancer, Environmental toxicology, tumour, pesticides, organochlorine, DDT
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