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The BCERF program on the Cancer Risks of Environmental Chemicals in the Home and Workplace closed on March 31, 2010. No further updates will be made to this web site. Please go Cornell University’s eCommons web site to access BCERF’s archived research and educational materials (

Reduce Risk: Home and Garden Chemicals

Chemicals you come in contact with around the home, garden, or workplace may affect your health. Some chemicals may affect breast cancer risk because they act like the hormone estrogen in the body. Lifetime exposure to reproductive hormones like estrogen and progesterone has been linked to breast cancer.

Scientists are studying whether exposure to some chemicals might be linked to breast cancer and other health problems. Keep the following in mind:

Click on the images for more tips to limit exposure to harmful chemicals for you and your family.

More tips in BCERF pamphlet "Reducing Exposure to Home and Garden Chemicals."   PDF

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