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BACKGROUND: The Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project was the first federally funded study of environmental causes of breast cancer.
A study in conjunction with the Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project (Stellman et al.
The Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project, one of the largest and most comprehensive environmental epidemiologic studies ever conducted on breast cancer, resulted in two principal findings: -- exposure to air-polluting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the environment appears to elevate women's risk of breast cancer by a modest 50 percent in the two counties; and -- exposure to organochlorine compounds resulted in no increased rate of illness among area women.
The papers report results of the two primary hypotheses of the Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project (LIBCSP), a population-based study conducted in New York's Nassau and Suffolk Counties among more than 3,000 women.
Sandler says retrospective and case-control studies such as the Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project and the Carolina Breast Cancer Study have the advantage of including large numbers of breast cancer cases, but because they are retrospective, they may not accurately characterize levels of exposure prior to the onset of breast cancer.