In the past few years, I’ve seen far too many friends, family members, and colleagues affected by breast cancer. Women who were fairly young in my age range, people women who were otherwise healthy, women with children and good hearts and good karma.
The point is that breast cancer does not discriminate. Unfortunately, no one is immune. That’s why I couldn’t resist partnering with the CDC to help share some important information we all need to know about steps we can take to help reduce breast cancer risk. That being said, it’s crucial for mothers everywhere to speak to their daughters about doing all they can to prevent this deadly disease. Remember, knowledge and prevention is power, especially in cases like this.
Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life. They created a mother-daughter toolkit mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce breast cancer risk. I hope you take time to learn more about it.
There are several things you can do to reduce breast cancer risk. A lot of it has to do with making healthy choices in life and staying away from harmful substances.
Avoid BPA and Phthalates
BPA is a chemical used in the production of many plastic bottles and containers. What the average consumer doesn’t realize is that it has the potential to contaminate the food and beverages sold in this particular packaging.
Phthalates are chemicals that can be absorbed by the skin. You’ll find them in things like personal care products (nail polish, perfume, deodorant), laundry soap and even toys. Pretty scary stuff, right?
Make Small Adjustments
If you don’t already do the following, consider making these small adjustments. They’re all a great way to help to ensure your entire family stays healthier.
- serve and store food and an beverages in glass containers
- consume less animal fat
- eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
Reducing the risk of breast cancer needs to be something you strive to accomplish every day, not just during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Talk to your daughter at an early age, so she can begin to taking steps to live healthier. Don’t put it off, because there’s absolutely no reason to panic. Discussing this important information is probably easier than you think!
One more thing. I hope you take the time to participate in this survey, which only takes a few short minutes to fill out. Your answers are confidential and will go a long way with helping continued research.