“Exposure to artificial estrogens such as BPA and DES can change the way the fetus responds to estrogen later in life and may be associated with breast cancer” says Dr. Hugh Taylor, director of the Yale Center for Reproductive Biology.
For women there are genuine risks that you may think you can’t control. There are also myths and controversy about what causes the disease.
The hormone DES (diethylstilbestrol) also raises the chances of cancer of the breast.
Bisphenol A, Cigarette smoke, Morning sickness and Alcohol
Pregnancy may be the mother of all guilt trips. But that anxiety doesn’t necessarily end with the birth of a healthy child. Researchers are finding that in utero exposures could be linked with behavioral or emotional problems in young children and increased cancer risk and other problems later in life.
For example exposure to artificial estrogens such as BPA and Diethylstilbestrol ( DES ) can change the way the fetus responds to estrogen later in life and may be associated with breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Risk for DES Daughters is Twice Higher
Doctors have tools to help estimate a woman’s personal risk, but women who get breast cancer sometimes have no known risk factors besides age. Many women with one or more risk factors never get breast cancer. So it’s impossible to know who will actually get the disease.
Diethylstilbestrol in utero exposure and cancers risk, 2011
From Maryland – Exposure to Diethylstilbestrol in the womb raises a woman’s risk of many cancers, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers studied over 6500 women, 4600 of whom were exposed to DES in the womb. Results showed that this exposure significantly increased risk of many cancers and fertility problems, including a 40x increased risk of clear-cell adenocarcinoma, 8x increased risk of neonatal death, 2.4x increased risk of infertility and a 1.8x increased risk of breast cancer.