In this approach we:
Address the relationships between environmental factors and cancer risk.
Critically evaluate the current scientific evidence using a strength of evidence approach.
Translate this science-based data into information individuals can use to expand their knowledge and reduce their risk of cancer.
However, we do not always have clear answers. So, we also recommend promising avenues of new reseach to help clarify any uncertainties.
In this module we will explore why consumers are concerned about pesticides and cancer risk. This will include learning more about how cancers, in this case, breast cancer develops. We will also explore the Environmental Protection Agency’s cancer risk assessment of the herbicide atrazine and the types of exposures that may be of concern for both pesticide applicators and the general consumer.
First, let’s talk about breast cancer risk and ways pesticides can affect the risk of breast and other cancers.