Estrogen with that drink?

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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.

Think Forward is a blog written by staff of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, covering sustainability as it intersects with food, rural development, international trade, the environment and public health.

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.

See IATP’s Smart Guide to Hormones in the Food System and Smart Meat and Dairy Guide for more information. The take home message: There’s nothing smart about adding synthetic hormones to the food chain. Especially not when girls, 10 and 13, are fighting breast cancer.