Breast cancer has a variety of triggers, among them genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors. The risk of developing breast cancer can be avoided by giving up tobacco or hormone-based medicines, eating healthy, working out, using safe cosmetics and limiting alcohol consumption. But still, women following these guidelines are still diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Environmental pollutants might be to blame too, which are known today to play a much more significant role than thought decades ago. Environmental chemicals in our food, water or indoor spaces can cause gene expression and have potential to change the way breast cells develop.

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about environmental chemicals contributiong to breast cancer (and other types) with this helpful chart from the Environmental working group: