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New Biological Insights on the Link Between Radiation Exposure and Breast Cancer Risk.
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PMID:  23325014     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Radiation exposure is a well-documented risk factor for breast cancer in women. Compelling epidemiological evidence in different exposed populations around the world demonstrate that excess breast cancer increases with radiation doses above 10 cGy. Both frequency and type of breast cancer are affected by prior radiation exposure. Many epidemiological studies suggest that radiation risk is inversely related to age at exposure; exposure during puberty poses the greatest risk while exposures past the menopause appear to carry very low risk. These observations are supported by experimental studies in mice and rats, which together provide the basis for the pubertal 'window of susceptibility' hypothesis for carcinogenic exposure. One line of experimental investigation suggests that the pubertal epithelium is more sensitive because DNA damage responses are less efficient, an other suggests that radiation affects stem cells self-renewal. A recent line of investigation suggests that the irradiated microenvironment mediates cancer risk. Studying the biological basis for radiation effects provides potential routes for protection in vulnerable populations, which include survivors of childhood cancers, as well as insights into the biology for certain types of sporadic cancer.
Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of mammary gland biology and neoplasia     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-7039     ISO Abbreviation:  J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9601804     Medline TA:  J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Radiation Oncology, New York University School of Medicine, 566 First Avenue, New York, NY, 10016, USA,
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