Breast Cancer awareness month Prevention tips

Awareness is one thing, taking action is another. When it comes to the topic of breast cancer prevention, what’s a girl to do?

This month, we encourage our female readers to read up on the facts about breast cancer and the studies linking the disease to specific chemical exposures. We may not have a cure, and we may not have the prevention puzzle solved, but the information presented here by the team at Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (formerly Breast Cancer Fund) makes for a compelling place to start.

We were recently introduced to this org by a natural brand we trust and, after perusing their data-rich site, we knew we needed to share their insights ASAP.  Here are five compelling facts we learned from the science-based advocacy organization. Learn a bit about breast cancer prevention according to the BCPP now…

One: “extremely” low level exposure counts. “Scientific evidence now shows that some chemicals, especially endocrine disrupting compounds, can exert negative effects at extremely low levels of exposure, sometimes with more serious or different effects than at higher doses.” We’ve been thinking about BCPP’s statement ever since we read it and can’t get it out of our minds. If you doubted the importance of clean, non-toxic personal care and beauty products before, now might be the time to get serious. LEARN MORE

two: Just Say No to carcinogens. “Some chemicals and physical agents are known or are likely to cause cancer—these are called carcinogens. Some disrupt the body’s natural hormonal processes, changing how the breast develops in ways that make it more vulnerable to cancer.” Find a list of known and probable carcinogens here.

Three: all day exposure. “Many low-dose exposures are continuous throughout the day. For instance, people may be exposed to phthalates—which are found in both plastics and personal care products—when using shampoo, conditioner, lotions or soaps with fragrances; and when they consume foods kept in phthalate-containing storage containers.” Think about the products that stay on your skin for hours – those may be the products you want to clean up first. Also check your plastic bottles and containers to be sure they are BPA free.

FOUR: Timing is Everything. “The timing, duration and pattern of exposure are just as important as the ‘dose’. While it’s good to limit exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation at every stage of life, it is even more important during critical periods, including gestation, childhood and pregnancy.” Learn more here.

FIVE: Non-Stick Is Not Your Friend. “Some toxic compounds are used in non-stick cookware. While they keep food and stains from sticking, they stick around in the environment and in the body for a very long time, and have been linked to cancer. Make the switch to cast iron or anodized aluminum cookware, and glass bakeware when it’s time to replace your old pots and pans. Prioritize replacing cookware used over high heat and pieces that are scratched.” TCM loves GreenPans for non-stick cookware that is also non-toxic!

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  1. Awesome post. This is probably the best awareness message for breast cancer prevention. I’ve eliminated all of the above from my life. A wonderful side effect is more balanced hormones too. Look into your birth control too. Also find some way to counteract the stress in our life.
    Definitely sharing this one.

    therese | 10.12.2017 | Reply

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