Early puberty in girls has been linked to breast cancer. Data show that the worldwide incidence of precocious puberty has increased and the age of pubertal changes has decreased over the past two decades.
Many of the cases are attributed to excess weight gain but exposures to phthalates and endocrine disruptors chemicals have also been implicated as possible risk factors.
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by Mona Chalabi, The Guardian, 4 November 2013
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