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May 16, 2013 11:47 AM by Jessica Holley - jholley@kristv.com

Special Report Tonight: Light Pollution & Breast Cancer

CORPUS CHRISTI - Researchers are now looking in to a possible connection between light pollution and breast cancer. A scientist at the University of Connecticut saw the possible correlation back in the 80's and almost 30 years later the idea is gaining traction in the medical community.

Dr. Richard Stevens of the University of Connecticut says the exposure to light at night causes our bodies to increase the production of hormones.

"We don't know yet what drives breast cancer, this new idea about light at night is gaining traction more and more researchers are taking it seriously and working on it, but clearly breast cancer is multifactorial and multicausal. What we do know is light at night does disrupt the circadian rhythm."

Coming up tonight at 10 we hear more from Dr. Stevens on his ground breaking research and how it's changing the way some cities around the world light up at night.

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