Breast cancer risk factors SWIRL all around us

It’s an unfortunate statistic: one in eight women in the U.S. will get breast cancer.

But consider this…

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are everywhere… not only increasing risk of cancer, but also low testosterone in men, obesity, and much more.

Plus, research unveils yet another breast cancer risk factor that SWIRLS all around us…

It’s in the air we breathe

According to the XENAIR study, based out of France, exposure to fine particulate matter—in our daily atmospheres—heighten breast cancer risk.

In fact, researchers pinpointed five air pollutants that could drive risk….

Two are known endocrine-disrupting chemicals: BaP and PCB153. The additional pollutants are PM2.5, PM10, and NO2.

Researchers analyzed exposure at home and in the workplace of just under 2,500 women with breast cancer—and compared it to just under 3,000 women without breast cancer—between 1990 and 2011.

Ultimately, breast cancer risk jumped by 28 percent when exposure to PM2.5 increased by 10 mcg/m3. (That increase is equivalent to what you’d typically be exposed to in rural settings versus urban areas, at least in Europe.)

In addition, smaller increases in risk were found in women exposed to high levels of the larger particulate matter air pollution, PM10 and NO2.

Now, keep in mind, the U.S. currently allows for 12 mcg/m3 of PM2.5 to be considered “acceptable.”

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) is pushing for that upper safety limit to decrease to 5 mcg/m3.

A broad risk

You have to remember that these fine particle pollutants are SUPER SMALL.

That allows them to penetrate DEEP into the lungs, enter the bloodstream, and get absorbed into the breast (and other tissues).

For that very reason, while the study above focused on breast cancer, these particles are actually associated with a variety of tumors.

Let’s also not forget that microplastics are a source of air pollution. And these threats are virtually everywhere.

The sad part is, we’re allowing this to occur to benefit Big Industry.

Because while we may not fully understand these particles’ full potential to promote cancer, we’re still treated like guinea pigs.

I can understand and appreciate the concept of better living through chemistry. And it’s fairly impossible to eliminate everything in our lives that may harm our health.

My only hope is that when we find things that we CAN change, that we do so.

Of course, you can learn 10 ways to IMMEDIATELY limit your exposure by subscribing to my monthly Logical Health Alternatives newsletter and referring to the March 2023 issue (“Are YOU eating a credit card’s worth of PLASTIC every week?”). Subscribers can log in by clicking here. Otherwise, scroll down to learn about becoming one.

I also outline science-based strategies to ward off, and fight, cancer in my online learning tool, my Essential Cancer Protocol.


“Particulate Pollution Increases the Risk for Breast Cancer.” Medscape, 11/07/2023. (