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A companion to the anthropology of environmental health by Merrill Singer

By Merrill Singer

A significant other to the Anthropology of Environmental Health provides a set of readings that make the most of a clinical anthropological method of discover the interface of people and the surroundings within the shaping of health and wellbeing and ailment round the world.

  • Features the newest ethnographic learn from all over the world on the topic of the a number of affects of our surroundings on future health and of societies on their environments
  • Includes contributions from overseas clinical anthropologists, conservationists, environmental specialists, public health and wellbeing execs, future health clinicians, and different social scientists
  • Analyzes the stipulations of cultural and social transformation that accompany environmental and ecological affects in all parts of the world
  • Offers serious views on theoretical and methodological developments within the anthropology of environmental health and wellbeing, besides destiny instructions within the field 

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Activism brought those accounts and experiences to the forefront. From the outset, grass‐roots organizations and women dealing with cancer questioned biomedical accounts that attribute the rise in breast cancer cases to the efficacy of population‐based cancer screening. Equally significant have been the limitations of mid‐ and late‐twentieth‐century theories regarding breast cancer etiology, and the continued emphasis on “traditional risk factors” for the disease. Listed as traditional or established risks for breast cancer are factors such as a woman’s chronological age, family history of breast cancer, benign breast disease, age at menarche, maternal age at birth of first child, nulliparity or childlessness, age at menopause, genetic influence (with the recently discovered breast cancer genes, BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, as preeminent examples), ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status (Kelsey and Berkowitz 1988; Kelsey and Gammon 1990; Newman, Millikan, and King 1997).

Passage of the US Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 1976 mandated the registration of chemical compounds prior to their widespread manufacture or importation; by 2006, over 82,000 chemicals had been registered through the TSCA Inventory (Environmental Protection Agency/ EPA 2007). However, the 1000–1500 applications received each year from prospective manufacturers include “little or no toxicity or fate data” about the compounds themselves, since this is not a formal requirement (EPA 2007: 4).

2006 for their report on the Carolina Breast Cancer Study that examined racial differences in breast cancer subtypes and the higher prevalence of triple negative breast cancer among premenopausal African American women. While Tamimi, Colditz, and Hazra (2012) argue for a relationship between traditional risk factors and some molecular subtypes of breast cancer, it is with an important caveat. ” 8 See Gaines (1992); Lindenbaum and Lock (1993); Lock (1995); Lock and Nguyen (2010). 9 See Krieger (2013: 23, 25); Carey et al.

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