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High Levels of Particulate Air Pollution Associated with Increased Breast Cancer Incidence

, by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

Emission to atmosphere from industrial factory chimney. Smokestack pipes shot with drone. Aerial view.

Rena Jones, Ph.D., investigator in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, and colleagues at the NCI and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, combined historical information on air quality with breast cancer incidence data from the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study to evaluation the relationship between air pollution and risk by breast cancer subtype.

The findings were described in a press release on the NCI website.


White AJ et al. Ambient fine particulate matter and breast cancer incidence in a large prospective US cohort. JNCI. 2023.