The Science of Dioxin

May 31, 2015 | Appeals | Complex Torts & Product Liability

French Study Finds No Dioxin-Breast Cancer Link

French researchers have found no association between estimated dietary dioxin exposure and breast cancer risk among a group of women studied.

A research article published in Breast Cancer Research has found no association between estimated dietary dioxin exposure and breast cancer risk among the so-called “E3N cohort,” an ongoing prospective cohort involving 98,995 French female volunteers born between 1925 and 1950 and members of a national teachers’ health insurance plan; 63,830 women were included in the study population.

The authors of the study said that, to their knowledge, it was the first to assess breast cancer risk associated with dietary dioxin exposure.

The study concluded:

Among women from the E3N prospective cohort, estimated dietary dioxin exposure was not associated with breast cancer risk.

Ghent Professor Asserts that Dioxin Triggered 20,000 Cancers

Nik Van Larebeke, a professor in Ghent, has asserted that dioxin that allegedly made it to the food chain in Belgium in 1999 had resulted in 20,000 extra cancers in women as well as more cases of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Van Larebeke was quoted as saying, “We noticed that women who had greater levels of dioxin in their blood developed more cancers. Greater levels of diabetes and high blood pressure were recorded in men and women.”

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