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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Easy Ways to Add Flaxseeds to Your Diet

Flaxseed for Breast CancerBy: Michelle Whitmer medical writer and editor for The Mesothelioma Center.
Bust out your coffee grinder, and get ready for a new way to boost your energy and reduce breast cancer risk: flaxseeds! The little seeds of the flax plant are packed with nutrition and can be easily added to your diet in many ways.
Dr.  Michael Greger, a physician who specializes in clinical nutrition, has touted the benefits of flaxseeds for breast cancer patients here at Breast Cancer Yoga. Now it’s time to think about ways to get these beneficial seeds into your body to fuel that beautiful machine! Whether you are trying to prevent breast cancer, are going through treatment, or a survivor, flaxseeds offer health benefits to everyone.
Flaxseed Tips: Buying, Storing and Eating
You can buy flaxseeds in three forms: whole, ground and as an oil.
Whole flaxseeds possess the longest shelf life, however, eating the seeds whole doesn’t offer much dietary benefit (the hull around the seed prevents our bellies from getting to the good stuff inside). Ground flaxseed offers the most health benefit, but it oxidizes once ground and will lose some of its nutritional value if not consumed quickly.
Grinding whole seeds before consuming them is the ideal option for nutrient value. If you don’t have a miller or grinder at home (a coffee grinder works well), simply buy ground flaxseed, also called flaxseed meal. Keep your flaxseed – whole seeds, ground meal or flaxseed oil – cool in the fridge or freezer to prevent oxidation. It is particularly important to store ground flaxseed in a cold place to reduce oxidation.
Begin with small doses, and gradually increase your consumption because flaxseed is high in fiber. Make sure to drink extra water with flaxseed to prevent constipation. Start with a teaspoon of ground flaxseed a day, and slowly work your way up to two tablespoons a day.
Consider some of the following options to work flaxseeds seamlessly into your diet:

  • Add ground flaxseed to cereal, oatmeal, granola or yogurt.
  • Sprinkle whole or ground flaxseed onto salads.
  • Include ground flaxseed in baked goods like zucchini muffins.
  • Stir ground flaxseed into condiments like mustard and ketchup.
  • Mix whole or ground flaxseed into breadcrumbs.
  • Blend flaxseed oil into smoothies or into a vinaigrette for salads.

Ground flaxseed will naturally thicken when introduced to water. Some even describe the effect as gel-like. Just add more water to thin it out.
A dose of flaxseed may not contain the caffeine you’ll find in coffee, but the nutrients packed in these tiny seeds will give you a natural energy boost that lasts. And when you’re coping with or recovering from cancer, a little extra energy goes a long way.
Author bio: Michelle Whitmer has been a medical writer and editor for The Mesothelioma Center since 2008. Focused on the benefits of natural and holistic medicine for cancer patients, Michelle is a certified yoga instructor and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Rollins College in Florida.
Source:
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/flaxseed/ataglance.htm
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/flaxseed/NS_patient-flaxseed/DSECTION=evidence
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23354422

Michelle WhitmerAuthor bio: Michelle Whitmer has been a medical writer and editor for The Mesothelioma Center since 2008. Focused on the benefits of natural and holistic medicine for cancer patients, Michelle is a certified yoga instructor and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Rollins College in Florida.

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