Glyphosate linked to breast cancer
Glyphosate exposure has been linked with adverse changes in breast cell tissue that can disrupt normal cell mechanisms and lead to the development of ‘hormone sensitive’ breast cancer. This type of breast cancer occurs when breast cell tissue uses oestrogen to help cancer cells to grow.
In this new study, researchers suggests that exposure to glyphosate at high levels induces oestrogen like effects in breast tissue cells that can cause cell proliferation (an abundance of cells) that can lead to the development of breast cancer. This study suggests that high concentrations of glyphosate may have strong significance in breast cancer progression. Whilst the findings were in a laboratory setting, and the mechanisms are not fully understood yet, this is an important study which highlights the potential health hazards of exposure to glyphosate.
Glyphosate is widely thought to act as an endocrine disrupting chemical because of its ability to mimic the actions and quantities of hormones in the body. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) classify glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” to humans.
Glyphosate is very hard to avoid in daily life due its extensive use across the globe in agriculture and domestic setting as an herbicide. It can be detected at trace levels in food, water, soil, and microorganisms. Eating organic foods is the most effective way to reduce your exposure to glyphosate.
To read more about glyphosate and how you can bring down your level of exposure to it please download our glyphosate guide.