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Environmental radon exposure and breast cancer risk in the Nurses’ Health Study II

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Health, September 2017
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Environmental radon exposure and breast cancer risk in the Nurses’ Health Study II
Published in
Environmental Health, September 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12940-017-0305-6
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Trang VoPham, Natalie DuPré, Rulla M. Tamimi, Peter James, Kimberly A. Bertrand, Veronica Vieira, Francine Laden, Jaime E. Hart


Radon and its decay products, a source of ionizing radiation, are primarily inhaled and can deliver a radiation dose to breast tissue, where they may continue to decay and emit DNA damage-inducing particles. Few studies have examined the relationship between radon and breast cancer. The Nurses' Health Study II (NHSII) includes U.S. female registered nurses who completed biennial questionnaires since 1989. Self-reported breast cancer was confirmed from medical records. County-level radon exposures were linked with geocoded residential addresses updated throughout follow-up. Time-varying Cox regression models adjusted for established breast cancer risk factors were used to calculate hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). From 1989 to 2013, 3966 invasive breast cancer cases occurred among 112,639 participants. Increasing radon exposure was not associated with breast cancer risk overall (adjusted HR comparing highest to lowest quintile = 1.06, 95% CI: 0.94, 1.21, p for trend = 0.30). However, women in the highest quintile of exposure (≥74.9 Bq/m(3)) had a suggested elevated risk of ER-/PR- breast cancer compared to women in the lowest quintile (<27.0 Bq/m(3)) (adjusted HR = 1.38, 95% CI: 0.97, 1.96, p for trend = 0.05). No association was observed for ER+/PR+ breast cancer. Although we did not find an association between radon exposure and risk of overall or ER+/PR+ breast cancer, we observed a suggestive association with risk of ER-/PR- breast cancer.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 43 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 12 28%
Student > Master 8 19%
Professor > Associate Professor 2 5%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 5%
Student > Bachelor 2 5%
Other 2 5%
Unknown 15 35%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 5 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 7%
Environmental Science 3 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 7%
Other 6 14%
Unknown 19 44%

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