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Endocrine Disruptors, Obesity, and Breast Density Among Perimenopausal Women:

this study investigated the association of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) with breast density among women undergoing mammographic screening for breast cancer. EDCs such as bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates are found in many consumer products. BPA may be in plastics (polycarbonate), food packaging (metal can linings, adhesives), dental sealants, and receipts printed on thermal paper. Phthalates are commonly found in plastic PVC products, toys, childcare articles, car parts, personal care products, and food packaging. Contact: Gail Starr, M.D.:

Covid Impact on Breast Cancer Survivors:

This study explores the impact of Covid-19 on Latinx and Black/African American breast cancer survivors in the Washington, DC area. There is emerging evidence that the death toll from Covid-19 is higher in Latinx and African American communities, which may be further impacted by multiple factors including preexisting health conditions and environmental exposures. Cancer survivors may experience additional barriers in maintaining overall physical and mental health during the pandemic. Contact: Erin Speiser Ihde, Ph.D., MA, CCRP:

Investigating endocrine disrupting chemicals and sleep among breast cancer survivors

This is a survivorship study focused on exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and sleep duration among Black and Latina breast cancer survivors in the greater Washington, DC area. EDCs influence the regulation of melatonin, a hormone essential for sleep and circadian rhythm. Cancer survivors may be impacted by poor sleep both during and after treatment. Contact: Gail Starr, M.D.: