Top 10 Chemicals That May Cause Breast Cancer (& Chemicals To Avoid)

Breast Cancer Caused By Chemicals ExplainedYou may be surprised to know that the food you eat and the garden you love to walk in could lead to Breast Cancer.

Modern scientific evidence has linked some toxic chemicals to the Breast Cancer. Some of these toxic chemicals are commonly used in Food Packaging, Food Containers, and Water supplies, whereas others are well-known pesticides.

To avoid the Breast cancer risk and have a healthy life ahead we should avoid these toxic chemicals. Some of them are mentioned here:

Chemicals To Avoid To Prevent Breast CancerCHEMICALS TO BE AVOIDED
  •    Bisphenol A (BPA)

It is present in reusable plastic containers and the linings of food and beverage cans. Evidence shows that BPA is associated with breast and other cancers and many other diseases including obesity, heart disease and reproductive problems, etc. The percentage of BPA in the bodies of American residents is alarming, up to 93% that poses a serious health risk for them.

What to do?

We can control this toxic chemical from harming ourselves by AVOIDING the use of canned foods and plastic containers.

  •  Phthalates

These can be present in plastic containers. Studies have shown the association of phthalates in hormonal changes causing early puberty in girls which is a risk factor for breast cancer.

What to do?

STOP using plastic containers, toys, bottled water, plastic wraps, etc.

  •    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

It is used for packaging foods and building materials. It releases vinyl chloride. It is an important human carcinogen and has been linked to breast and other cancers.

What to do?

Avoid food packaging and check building materials for PVC before buying.

  •    Styrene

It is released from Styrofoam food trays, egg cartons, disposable cups and containers if heated or under pressure. Styrene is a possible human and animal carcinogen.

What to do?

Avoid any product made from Styrofoam

  •    Tetrachloroethylene

It is a chlorinated solvent used in dry cleaning, industrial cleaning and in making of other products, also in drinking water. It was found to be present in significant amount in the bodies of Americans. It is a known human carcinogen responsible for breast and other cancers.

What to do?

Avoid dry cleaning solvents and other products containing Tetrachloroethylene.

Breast Cancer Pesticide Free GardenPESTICIDES TO BE AVOIDED

Research has also concluded that some pesticides and herbicides also cause proliferation of the cancer cells of breast cancer. Some of there are


It is also known as DDT. It is applied to the crops such as corn, sorghum, etc. to control the weed production. In the United States, its concentration in corn crops and drinking water is increasing rapidly. Atrazine is found to be associated with tumors of the breast, prostate inflammation and delayed puberty in animals. Recent research also shows its association with prostate cancer in humans.

What to do?

We can avoid it by packaging food safely in glass or other non-plastic containers.


DDT is banned worldwide in agriculture, but it is still used in some countries for malaria. Research suggests that it can increase the risk of breast cancer even on much earlier exposure.

What to do?

Avoid using corn products from untrusted local crops.


It is used for long by the US and Canadian meat industries as a synthetic growth hormone. It resembles the hormone estradiol and causes significant growth of cancer cells on exposure. Zeranol and Zeranol treated meat is now banned in Europe.

What to do?

We should use organic meat and thoroughly wash it before use.


Bovine Growth hormone is a major problem because of its carcinogenic effects. A lot of studies have shown the link between the intake of dairy products and breast cancer in premenopausal women.

What to do?

We can replace cow milk with the coconut milk or almond milk etc. to avoid rBGH/RBST. A lot of other choices are now available that offer rBGH-free products.

Source: Breast Cancer Fund exposes the cancer-causing chemicals lurking in food, July, 2015

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Estrogen Dominance and Xenoestrogens

Eliminate Plastic Packaging To Prevent Breast CancerBy: Dr. Christina Grant, A Holistic Healer, Intuitive Counselor, Teacher, and Author of The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer: Every Woman’s Guide to Health, Vitality, & Wellbeing.

Estrogen dominance and xenoestrogens are words smart women are learning about to keep their bodies healthy and strong in our plasticized world.

Signs of excess estrogen in your body include painful or unpredictable periods, PMS, cervical dysplasia, depression, anxiety, worry, decreased libido, fatigue, weight gain in the hips and stomach, possibly cold hands and feet, and fibrocystic breasts or cancer. Estrogen dominance is partly caused from foods, cosmetics, and other products that carry xenoestrogens (fake estrogens) into the body.

Some chemicals found in plants act like the female sex hormone estradiol, our primary estrogen. Synthetic forms of this chemical are found in plastic, pesticides, dioxins, PCBs, and in drugs given to livestock and poultry to prevent miscarriage and promote growth.

To lower the chances for these xenoestrogens to enter your body and behave like estrogen, reduce or eliminate foods that come in plastic wrap and plastic packaging. This includes water you buy in plastic bottles, since chemicals in the plastic leach into food and water.

In a study at Tufts University published in Environmental Health Perspectives in 1991, Drs. Ana Soto and Carlos Sonnenschein observed that breast cancer cells placed in plastic dishes would grow quickly. Knowing these cells need estrogen to reproduce, they were curious about what contributed to the rapid cell growth. They discovered that the chemical nonylphenol, which prevents plastic from cracking, caused the growth of the breast cancer cells. Apparently nonylphenol had leached out of the plastic dishes and behaved like estrogen with the cells. Researchers then experimented with other commonly used plastics, detergents, and pesticides. They witnessed rapid growth when the breast cancer cells were exposed to these products. (See my post Breast Health through Liver Health for numerous ways to help your body clear these toxins.)

Conventionally-raised beef and dairy cows are given growth hormones. Their feed is treated with pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. When you consume conventional milk, cheese, ice cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, chocolate, and processed foods with beef, milk, or milk products in them, you risk overloading your body with xenoestrogens. (Not to mention what the GMOs are doing.) Read more about this in Milk: Does it Do a Body Good?

Organic, grass-fed beef and dairy are the better choice. If you can’t find them or if they are too costly, look for hormone and pesticide-free products. Eat organic chicken and eggs when you can find them, organic grains, and produce that is free from toxic sprays. Note that chemicals used to kill bugs and fungi on the food supply penetrate the surface of whatever they land on, including the soil. Even washing these foods well before you eat them won’t take away the chemicals they have absorbed.

Sometimes you will be in situations where poor quality food and water is all there is. I find this happens most when I travel or attend public events. Until the “food consciousness” raises in this country and truly healthful choices are accessible, we can make the best of it based on what is available. Bless your food and water then return to your organic, food-from-nature, plastic-free diet when you return home.

Dr. Christina Grant Contributor For Breast Cancer Authority BlogDr. Christina Grant is a holistic healer, intuitive counselor, teacher, and author of The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer: Every Woman’s Guide to Health, Vitality, & Wellbeing. With a PhD in Human Science, she blends meaningful, intuitive life guidance with energy healing and balancing, both by phone and in person, to help people attain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Her book can be found on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions, as well as B&N, and other retailers.

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