What we can’t see can hurt us: Connecting the dots between breast cancer and food
Research is showing possible links between certain chemicals called endocrine disruptors and the onset of breast cancer — and that research points to our modern diet being largely responsible for the slow accumulation of these disruptors in our bodies. The researchers, Fulton Schools professor Rolf Halden, director of ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering, and Devin Bowes, a graduate student in the Fulton Schools biological design program, also say there are measures we can take to reduce ingesting endocrine disruptors and other chemicals we are exposed to through some processed foods and some of the materials in which they are packaged.
See Also: National Geographic, October 10
Long-lasting chemicals used in food packaging can seep into the food and then build up within our bodies, according to data from a new study. It looks at packaging containing a toxic chemical known as PFAS, which has been linked to cancer, thyroid disorders, weight gain and hormonal changes. Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden says PFAS is among the chemicals to which people are often exposed that do not degrade, and thus pose risks to the health of both humans and the natural environment.