“Dr Schettler makes a convincing case that we must look more broadly at breast cancer to understand it. If we are able to understand the individual biology and lifestyle along with the world the individual inhabits,we will surely have a better chance not only of helping people live once they’ve been diagnosed, but keeping them from going through the devastation of getting cancer in the first place. I hope we listen carefully to what The Ecology of Breast Cancer tells us and explore the area of the unknown that it identifies.”
-Susan Braun, Board of Directors, Commonweal; breast cancer advocate
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The Ecology of Breast Cancer: the Promise of Prevention and the Hope for Healing, co-released by the Science & Environmental Health Network and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, makes the case that breast cancer is not just caused by well-recognized risk factors and an individual’s life style choices. While important, they do not fully explain breast cancer patterns. These patterns are better explained by the interaction of these and many additional features woven into our lives and communities. The agriculture and food system, many aspects of the built environment, and pervasive hazardous chemicals all play a role in breast cancer. This analysis emphasizes the importance of taking a life course approach, beginning with fetal development. It concludes that while breast cancer is a disease of abnormal cells, it is also a societal design problem.
Preventing breast cancer and reducing recurrences requires public health measures that look beyond an individual’s life style to address the systemic roots of the disease. This report examines an extensive literature addressing known, probable, and plausible risk factors for breast cancer. It includes those associated with the risk of developing the disease as well as its recurrence and progression after diagnosis and treatment.
We have designed patterns of breast cancer-like many other complex diseases-into the fabric of communities and society. This means we can reweave the design in ways that will make breast cancer less likely. Reducing risk is not just a matter of changing individual behavior but also requires a public health response. Thinking about this as an ecological challenge helps us identify multi-level community interactions, across the life course, that will reduce breast cancer risk and improve outcomes after diagnosis.
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Chapter 1: EcologyOfBreastCancer_Chap1
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Chapter 5: EcologyOfBreastCancer_Chap5
Chapter 6: EcologyOfBreastCancer_Chap6
Chapter 7: EcologyOfBreastCancer_Chap7
Chapter 8: EcologyOfBreastCancer_Chap8