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Research Suggests Link Between Smog and Dense Breasts

HealthDay (4/6, Doheny) reports that research suggests “women who live where the air is thick with pollutants may be more likely to have dense breasts.” Study author Dr. Lusine Yaghjyan said, “It appears that women who have dense breasts have a 20 percent greater likelihood of having been exposed to smog.” Meanwhile, “women with less-dense breasts were 12 percent less likely to have been exposed to high levels of the fine particles in air pollution that can infiltrate the lungs, she added.” The findings were published in Breast Cancer Research. HealthDay adds that the researchers looked at records of approximately 280,000 women at least 40 years old who had had a mammogram. 

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