One of the most common cancers among the women in the States is breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, during their lifetime, 1 in 8 women in America will develop breast cancer. It’s estimated that by the end of 2016, 246.000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed and 40.000 women will die from this disease.
Over the past few decades, as a result of earlier detection through increased awareness, screening and improved treatment, death rates from this type of cancer have been decreasing. If you’re aware of the risk factors of the disease, you can prevent it more effectively so there are 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in America.
Multiple risk factors are related with this type of cancer that are actually not associated to personal choice such as ethnicity, race, family history, age and gender. There are many choices we can make to lower the risk of breast cancer, while we can not control these risk factors.
The Following 5 Tips Will Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer (According to the Breast Cancer Fund)
1.Cut Down on Products
Use fewer and more natural products to decrease your exposure to toxic chemicals in cosmetics. You should look for ones with simple and short ingredient list. Hundreds of chemicals can be contained in products with fragrance. It would be perfect to opt for fragrance free.
2.Fight Germs Safely
Beauty products, toys, band-aids and soaps may contain antimicrobial agent (triclosan) suspected of interfering with hormone system. Opt for something natural and avoid products triclosan in the ingredient list. There is presence of many toxic chemicals in household cleaning products. You can make your own vinegar and baking soda products ro you can buy non toxic cleaning product.
You should dispose your light bulbs, electronics and batteries or you can cut down the exposure to chemicals associated to breast cancer and other health issues. Do not trash them but look for special disposal centers instead. Otherwise they can end up in a landfill where chemicals such as cadmium and mercury can leak into lakes, soil and streams. One of the major risk factor for this type of cancer is cadmium.
4.Go Organic, Go Green and Hormone Free
Always opt for hormone free dairy, meat and organic foods. You can reduce the chances of ingesting pesticides by consuming organic foods which will help you and the health of your family. Your overall health can be also harmed by using microwave and microwave plastic. You should get rid of the plastic completely. Switch to cast iron or stainless steel because non-stick pans are full of chemicals that are usually released at high temperatures.
5.Decrease the Carbon Footprint
Breast cancer has been also associated with the exposure to exhaust components. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – carcinogens chemicals are releasing by car exhaust. You can keep the environment cleaner and reduce your exposure by biking and walking. There are safer green vehicles to opt for if you are looking for a new car.