Most of my readers are in the know about environmental exposures and the link to breast cancer. It's always good to learn by repetition so that we solidify the changes that we make to reduce our chances of getting cancer.
What should you change to reduce your risk of breast cancer?
1. Lessen your exposures to fumes from gasoline, air planes, air fresheners, synthetic chemicals in household products, gas-powered tools and smoke from fireplaces or wood burning stoves.
2. When you're cooking keep the ventilation fan on so the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAH's are exhausted out of your house.
3. Stop using dry cleaners. PERCs and solvents are linked to not only breast cancer, but autoimmune conditions, infertility and neurological conditions.
4. Use Environmental Working Group's database for non-toxic household cleaners or make your own simple solutions with water and essential oils. Eliminating toxic household cleaners eliminates thousands of synthetic chemicals from your environment that we breathe, absorb and eat.
4. Don't track lead, pesticides and other chemicals into your home. Remove your shoes at the door.
5. It's worth it to install a whole-house water filter system. I recommend Aquasana. I recommend testing your water first to identify any chemicals and then call companies to discuss whether their filter system is capable and guaranteed to remove those chemicals or metals.
6. Don't buy stain resistant, water resistant, grease resistant furniture and fabrics.
7. Avoid flame retardants in foam, mattresses and furniture. Flame retardants are ubiquitous in our environment and this is why firefighters who have daily exposures to incinerated flame retardants have higher rates of cancer compared to the general population.
8. Let your skin breathe. Stop fueling the industry that is part of the cancer-causing industrial complex. You know. The cosmetics industry that uses chemicals that cause cancer and autoimmune disease while they launch incredible ad campaigns and sponsors walks against breast cancer. Environmental Working Group has a great non-toxic cosmetic data base.
9. Go organic. Don't you have enough proof that pesticides, GMO's, xenobiotics, synthetic estrogens and contaminants in your food supply causes cancer?
10. I would not wait for any governmental reform of The Toxic Substances Control Act. Cancer prevention begins in the gut. Everyone can benefit from GOOD GUT products.