What is it about?

Breast cancer (BC) is responsible for a large proportion of incidence of cancer in the world. Several studies have examined Arsenic (As), Cadmium (Cd), and Nickel (Ni) as risk factors for BC. The present study aimed at studying the link between As, Cd, and Ni concentrations and breast cancer by using a meta-analysis.

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Why is it important?

Breast cancer contributes to a substantial proportion of the global cancer burden; it is the most prevalent cancer among women with a growth rate of 2% and more than 1 million new cases every year. Various studies have established the relationship between exposure to metallic compounds and the risk of developing breast cancer. Toxic metals are known risk factors for a variety of cancers.


In the province where I live, the statistics of cancer and especially breast cancer are high. This study was an opportunity for me to be able, with the help of research colleagues, draw the attention of health policy makers to the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We hope the health policy makers to start interventions for preventing the breast cancer in women.

Leila Jouybari
Golestan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services

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This page is a summary of: Toxic elements as biomarkers for breast cancer: a meta-analysis study, Cancer Management and Research, January 2018, Dove Medical Press, DOI: 10.2147/cmar.s151324.
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