Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program.



Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk!


Everyday you hear another story about someone being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Whether it’s a family member, friend, friend of a friend or even yourself, we need to get the word out for more people to be aware of the steps to take to reduce their risk.

The research that they are able to do and things that they believe can cause Breast Cancer are things that we need to stay away from. I believe that many of the products that we use and have used over the past 20-30 years, contributes to not only Breast Cancer but all types of cancer.

My mom is 97 and except for her dementia, she is in better shape than I am. The Dr. says that her heart and bones are strong. Why? Well, my theory is because she didn’t eat the processed foods that we eat today, she didn’t use a microwave for most of her life, she didn’t drink bottled water in plastic bottles. While I was taking care of her for that year and a half, I would watch her eat. She would cut of the skin on everything like pickles and tomatoes. When she’d eat a banana, she would only eat the outsides, not the brown core on the inside. Now, I don’t know if that contributed to her being 97, but it certainly is interesting.


Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk


Some of the things they suggest to lower your daughter’s risk of Breast Cancer is:

1. Phthalates (THAL-ates) are chemicals in some detergents, storage containers, toys, and personal care products (like fragrance, nail polish, deodorant, hair care, and body lotion).

2. Use more fragrance-free products.

3. Use glass containers for cooking, serving, and storing foods and drinks.

4. Microwave food in glass containers, not plastic containers or plastic wrap.

5. Reduce your use of foods sold in cans, which may be lined with material made with BPA.

6. Remember that when you are pregnant or breastfeeding, what you eat or come in contact with may affect your baby as well.

Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life. They created a mother-daughter toolkit mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.

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