How does exposure to environmental toxins during key developmental stages affect one's risk of getting breast cancer later in life?
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Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women worldwide, responsible for the death of 1 in 39 women. Key developmental stages such as puberty are times when the breast is more likely to be affected by environmental toxins. Recent studies show that exposure to environmental toxins during puberty may increase the risk of developing breast cancer later in life. Some environmental toxins include everyday items used in the past and present such as Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDTs) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). This review illuminates often-neglected risk factors tied to breast cancer, aiming to enhance awareness, particularly among women. It emphasizes the lasting impact of toxin exposure during puberty on subsequent breast cancer development.
Doing this project with polygence gave me the opportunity to experience being a college science student for the first time, who does independent research. I am so happy and grateful about my project topic as I believe it is so significant to address often-neglected risk factors tied to breast cancer (BC), aiming to enhance awareness, since many women suffer from BC these days. The of emphasizes the lasting impact of toxins; DDTs and PAHS exposure during puberty and its effect on breast cancer gave me a great understanding of how even the exposure to toxins many years ago would still play a big role in breast cancer cases occurring today. My biggest aim with this research paper is to reach as many people as possible and inform them about the findings.
She was always so supportive and so nice. She guided me the best way possible, and helped me get through the places of my research project that I struggled.