Cadmium Exposure in a Mining-Impacted Community

Principal Investigator:
Peggy Reynolds, Ph.D.
Joanne Hild, M.S. and Katy Janes, B.S., of Sierra Streams Institute
Funding Source:
California Breast Cancer Research Program / Sierra Streams Institute
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Cadmium is a carcinogenic metal that exhibits estrogen-like activity. The major sources of non-occupational exposure to cadmium include cigarette smoke, diet (leafy vegetables and seafood), and inhalation of contaminated indoor air. This study is an extension of a community collaboration pilot study of exposures from metals associated with California's gold mining-impacted communities, designed to assess body burden levels and household environmental levels of cadmium and arsenic among women with and without breast cancer.  


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