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Tips for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction:


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Choose safe cosmetics free of toxic chemicals. Read the label to avoid synthetic ingredients.

Top cosmetics to avoid:

•  anti-aging creams with lactic acid, glycolic, AHA and BHA acids
•  hair dyes
•  liquid hand soaps with triclosan/triclocarban
•  nail polish and removers with formaldehyde, DBP or toluene
•  skin lighteners with hydroquinone
•  heavily scented products
•  moisturizers with petrolatum
•  sunscreens with UV filters that mimic estrogen

• Create a healthy home by using simple, non-toxic cleaning products and avoiding the use of pesticides.

• Eat fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned. The lining in canned food can leach chemicals like BPA.

• Eat smart with organic foods and choose hormone-free meat and dairy products.

• Cook healthier by baking or broiling your fish to cook off the natural fats and accumulated chemicals the fish may have been exposed to.

• Keep plastic containers out of the microwave. When heated, the plastic can leach chemicals into your food—go with ceramic or glass containers instead.

• Stay far away from cigarettes and smokers. Cigarette smoke has high levels of cadmium and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a source of estrogenic pollutants linked to increased risk for breast cancer.

• Protect yourself from the sun with natural sunscreens.

• Buy low emission vehicles and avoid car exhaust, which is full of carcinogens.

• Instead of using antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, that may contain triclosan, try it the old-fashioned way and just use soap and water to stay clean and germ-free.

• Regularly go to the doctor for screenings and check-ups.

• Stay active.

Information obtained from Breast Cancer Fund


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