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

  • Abraham Haim
  • Boris A. Portnov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Abraham Haim, Boris A. Portnov
    Pages 1-6
  3. Artificial Light and Human Temporal Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Abraham Haim, Boris A. Portnov
      Pages 9-18
    3. Abraham Haim, Boris A. Portnov
      Pages 19-23
    4. Abraham Haim, Boris A. Portnov
      Pages 25-33
    5. Abraham Haim, Boris A. Portnov
      Pages 41-46
  4. Light Pollution, its Known Health Effects and Impact on Energy Conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Abraham Haim, Boris A. Portnov
      Pages 61-65
    3. Abraham Haim, Boris A. Portnov
      Pages 67-70
  5. Light Pollution and its Potential Links to Breast and Prostate Cancers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Abraham Haim, Boris A. Portnov
      Pages 105-111
    3. Abraham Haim, Boris A. Portnov
      Pages 127-137
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 145-168

About this book


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.


Chronobiology Hormone-dependent cancers Light pollution Melatonin Prevention

Authors and affiliations

  • Abraham Haim
    • 1
  • Boris A. Portnov
    • 2
  1. 1., Center for Interdisciplinary Research inUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  2. 2., Natural Resources & Environmental ManageUniversity HaifaHaifaIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6219-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6220-6
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