Breast cancer aetiology: where do we go from here?

Isabel dos Santos Silva and Bianca L. De Stavola

in A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780192632890
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723629 | DOI:

Series: Life Course Approach to Adult Health

Breast cancer aetiology: where do we go from here?

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This chapter begins with a brief review of the established adult risk factors for breast cancer. It then assesses the evidence linking breast cancer with childhood and prenatal exposures. Finally, it considers the aetiology of breast cancer in a life course framework in which risk factors occurring at each life stage are linked to investigate possible pathways from early life events to adulthood and subsequent occurrence of breast cancer.

Keywords: adult risk factors; early life risk factors; breast cancer; childhood; prenatal exposures

Chapter.  10028 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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