Acrylamide, a chemical shown to cause mammary tumors in female rats, is formed during the heating of starch-rich foods to high temperatures.
In a systematic search of scientific research indexed in the online medical resource PubMed, we identified 450 primary epidemiologic research articles on breast cancer and environmental pollutants, physical activity, body size, and prospective studies of dietary factors.
For each article, the Science Review database includes quick access to basic study information and critical assessments:
- the bibliographic citation and abstract or a link to a copyrighted abstract
- information about the study population, exposure assessment method, study design, results, and analyses of ethnic minority
populations, early life exposures, or interactions with inherited genes.
- assessments of the study's strengths and weaknesses, and
- interpretation of the study's results
Articles are searchable by topic. In addition, the database includes about 50 citations to review articles, methods papers, and exposure assessments that aid in interpreting the primary research. The database includes studies of environmental pollutants published through June 2006 and in other topic areas through May 2005. Review methods are described in the review articles published in Cancer, as listed to the left.