Light Pollution as a New Risk Factor for Human Breast and Prostate Cancers

Authors: Haim, Abraham, Portnov, Boris A.

  • The proposed book is the first book to address the linkage between exposure to artificial light at night (LAN), suppression of pineal melatonin production and breast & prostate cancers (BC&PC) in humans
  • It introduces and explains several modern state-of-the-art theories, linking light pollution with BC&PC, which incidence rates have greatly increased in recent years, especially in developed countries
  • This book also illustrates research hypotheses about health effects of light pollution, mainly that of short wave length, by results of animal models and population-based studies
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Humans are diurnal organisms whose biological clock and temporal organization depend on natural light/dark cycles. Changes in the photoperiod are a signal for seasonal acclimatization of physiological and immune systems as well as behavioral patterns. The invention of electrical light bulbs created more opportunities for work and leisure. However, exposure to artificial light at night (LAN) affects our biological clock, and suppresses pineal melatonin (MLT) production. Among its other properties, MLT is an antioncogenic agent, and therefore its suppression increases the risks of developing breast and prostate cancers (BC&PC). To the best of our knowledge, this book is the first to address the linkage between light pollution and BC&PC in humans. It explains several state-of-the-art theories, linking light pollution with BC&PC. It also illustrates research hypotheses about health effects of light pollution using the results of animal models and population-based studies.

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This novel, important, clearly written book brings together several familiar subjects whose connections had not been appreciated.  We are grateful for widespread electric lighting (a relatively new phenomenon in human history), and we fear widespread breast cancer and prostate cancer.  Many of us have also heard of biological clocks and the hormone melatonin.  The authors assemble evidence that the blessings of electric lighting are a risk factor for the curses of breast cancer and prostate cancer, mediated by effects on our biological clocks and our melatonin production.  Hence this book will interest not only scholars but also the broad public.

Jared Diamond
Professor of Physiology, Environmental Health Sciences, and Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

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    Pages 1-6

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  • Artificial Light and its Physicochemical Properties

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    Pages 9-18

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  • Light and Dark Cycles as a Basis of Temporal Organization

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    Pages 19-23

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  • Biological Clock and its Entrainment by Photoperiod

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    Pages 25-33

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  • Light at Night (LAN) Exposure and its Potential Effects on Daily Rhythms and Seasonal Disruptions

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    Pages 35-40

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eBook 118,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-6220-6
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 145,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-94-007-6219-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
Softcover 145,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8315-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Light Pollution as a New Risk Factor for Human Breast and Prostate Cancers
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6220-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6220-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6219-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8315-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 168
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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