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Breast Cancer & the Environment Research Centers

Dr. Leslie Reinlib
Leslie Reinlib, Ph.D.
NIEHS Program Director

Reinlib, L
Tel  (919) 541-4998
Fax (919) 316-4606
P.O. Box 12233
MD EC-21
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina  27709
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Breast Cancer & the Environmental Research Centers: Girls The Breast Cancer & the Environment Research Centers (BCERC) ( Exit NIEHS is a seven-year project jointly funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Cancer Institute. The centers are studying the impact of prenatal-to-adult environmental exposures that may predispose a woman to breast cancer.

Functioning as a consortium of basic scientists, epidemiologists, research translational units, and community advocates within and across centers, BCERC is investigating mammary gland development in animals and young girls to determine vulnerability to environmental agents that may influence breast cancer development in adulthood.

The overall outcomes of the BCERC are to develop public health messages designed to educate young girls and women who are at high risk of breast cancer about the role(s) of specific environmental stressors in breast cancer and how to reduce exposures to those stressors. These public health messages will be based on the integration of the basic biological, toxicological, and epidemiologic data.

State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment (  Download Adobe Reader (4MB)

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