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Nat Rev Cancer. 2005 Dec;5(12):986-94. doi: 10.1038/nrc1755.

Science and society: the Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project.

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Clinical and Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Executive Plaza North, Room 5134, MSC 7393, 6130 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7393, USA.


In the early 1990s, breast cancer advocates petitioned the United States Congress to investigate the high rates of breast cancer on Long Island in the state of New York. The resulting law led to the Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project (LIBCSP)--more than ten research projects designed to study the possible causes of this increased incidence of cancer. This project reported that there was no evidence that environmental exposures were responsible. Controversial from its start, the LIBCSP has had an important role in efforts to understand the reasons for the high rates of breast cancer in some regions of the United States.

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