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How does exposure to environmental toxins during key developmental stages affect one's risk of getting breast cancer later in life?

Project by Polygence alum Eda

How does exposure to environmental toxins during key developmental stages affect one's risk of getting breast cancer later in life?

Project's result

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.

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Summary

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.

Briana

Briana

Polygence mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Subjects

Biology, Medicine, Psychology

Expertise

biology, cancer biology

Eda

Eda

Student

Graduation Year

2023

Project review

“What exceeded my expectations was the supportiveness and kindness of my mentor. Also, having each session being recorded and being available to watch/listen again was so helpful for me so that I could go over the essential notes of my mentor while doing my assignment of the week. ”

About my mentor

“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.”