BREAST CANCER RISKS OF THE WEALTHY
 
   

Breast Cancer Risks
of the Wealthy

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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A study sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has reached some interesting conclusions about breast cancer victims. Researchers randomly surveyed 1,350 women from two different neighborhoods near Boston: one with predominately higher income and from better-educated families, and one with lower socioeconomic status. The higher-income neighborhood, it turns out, also had a higher rate of breast cancer. Researchers suspect the cause is not income or education of course, but environment. A much larger percentage of the women reporting cancers used professional lawn and/or dry cleaning services, and were more likely to use pesticides inside the home.


Associated Press, October 20, 1999, reporting on research led by Dr. Nancy Maxwell of the Silent Spring Institute.



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