CNN reported last week on at least two children, ages 10 and 13 being treated for aggressive breast cancer. It’s apparently part of a broader trend of breast cancer striking earlier and earlier. For this generation of women carrying the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, breast cancer is being diagnosed six years earlier than in the previous generation. No one can say why.
By and large, breast cancer isn’t a genetic disease. Like nearly all cancers and other chronic diseases, the causes are multiple, and a mixture of environment and genes. So it’s particularly concerning that we continue to put strong synthetic estrogens, like Bisphenol A, in our food and drink containers.