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J BUON. 2019 Jan-Feb;24(1):5-10.

Changes in the incidence of breast cancer due to the use of radioactive materials for warfare or nuclear and environmental accidents over the last 60 years in Europe and Asia.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Laiko University Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece.


This article investigates the possibility and the extent of breast cancer rates being higher in European and Asian countries that have been damaged by warfare or nuclear accidents and the use of chemical weapons in relation to the rest of the countries in those two continents. After a literature review, although there are gaps in the local reports of the responsible bodies as well as many economic, geopolitical, cultural and time constraints, the rates of breast cancer incidence and mortality of the citizens of those areas are significant and have been increasing over time, especially in people of older ages, who were exposed to various disease factors at each specific period of time.


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