10 Ways to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

Reduce Breast Cancer Risk on Breast Cancer Authority BlogBy Silent Spring Institute.

Breast Cancer Authority Blog would like to share Silent Spring Institute’s article so the breast cancer community can understand the links between chemicals and breast cancer.

Silent Spring Institute is staffed and led by researchers dedicated to science that serves the public interest. They are a partner with physicians, public health and community advocates and other scientists to identify and break the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health, especially breast cancer.

Follow these ten strategies for reducing your personal exposure to suspect chemicals that are found in everyday products:

1. Use only glass and ceramic containers in the microwave. Some plastic containers contain chemicals that mimic or disrupt hormones. These chemicals can leach into food when they are heated.

2. Use dry cleaning services that do not use perchloroethylene (PERC) or request “wet cleaning.” Solvents such as PERC have been linked to various cancers. If you must use traditional dry cleaning with PERC, remove the plastic bags in an open space and air out your clothes before hanging them in a closet.

3. Read the labels of products, avoiding phthalates and fragrance. Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting compounds that have been associated with cancer, impaired fertility, and male birth defects. Phthalates are often an ingredient in fragrance, and they are found in hundreds of products, such as shampoos, lotions, perfume, cosmetics, vinyl, and plastics, including toys. Look for labels that say “phthalate-free.”

4. When grilling foods, minimize char by reducing the heat level and using marinades. Char contains PAHs, or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are known to cause mammary tumors in animals. In the Long Island Breast Cancer Study, women who had more DNA damage from PAHs had a higher risk of breast cancer.

5. Purchase organic foods. Buying organic reduces your family’s exposure to pesticides. Many of these chemicals act as endocrine disruptors and are known to affect brain development and neurological function in humans.

6. Monitor what goes down the drain in your home. Help protect your indoor air and your community’s water supply by using minimal amounts of the least toxic cleaning products and pesticides. Never put cleaning solvents, pesticides, paint thinners, automobile oil, or gas down a drain.

7. Choose vacuum cleaners wisely. Carpets can harbor pesticides, flame retardants, other chemicals, and allergens such as mold. Cleaners with a strong suction, a brush on/off switch, and a multilayered bag for dust collection are the best at preventing the recycling of dust.

8. Look for furnishings and electronic equipment without PBDEs. PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers)—endocrine disruptors that affect thyroid hormones—are commercially produced flame retardants often added to polyurethane foam, various plastics, and electronics equipment. When possible, choose carpet pads, bedding, cushions, and upholstered furniture made from natural fibers, including wool, cotton, and hemp.

9. Adopt organic practices for lawn care and gardening. Children and pets that play on lawns are exposed to pesticides and herbicides. These chemicals are tracked into homes, and they can leach into waterways and drinking water wells.

10. Encourage your town to use natural, non-toxic solvents in public buildings, especially schools, and to follow organic practices in the care of green spaces. Using safer cleaners and eliminating pesticides on a town-wide basis helps reduce exposure to compounds that mimic estrogen or otherwise disrupt hormones.

Reprinted courtesy of Silent Spring Institute.

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