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Checklist for everyday chemicals that may cause breast cancer provided by doctors

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
October 2nd, 2012
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Everyday chemicals in the food we eat the products we use and lotions we apply to our skin have all found to be contributing factors for breast cancer. Doctors in the United Kingdom have come up with a list of products women should avoid in order to cut their breast cancer risk.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Examples of products include the lining of bottles and food cans, plastic lunch boxes, personal care products, cosmetics and cleaners. Many of these products do contain chemicals that raise the risk of developing breast cancer.

"No Family History," a 2009 book on breast cancer showed clearly that exposure to cosmetics, toiletries, hormones in food, and household cleaners are behind the considerable increase in breast cancer rates.

By changing our habits, doctors say, women can reduce our exposure to these hazardous chemicals considerably.

Officials recommend shopping for safer products. Consumers should look for goods that have a certified label for organic ingredients. Labels with few ingredients tend to have products which are less toxic. When using these products, you should do less often and in smaller amounts.

If you are drinking or eating chemical-laden products, you are much more likely to have an accumulation of hazardous chemicals in your body. Be especially careful with babies and young children, they cannot eliminate these compounds from their system as well as adults can, especially BPA and other hormone disrupting substances.

Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine revealed in Hormones & Cancer in 2010, in a study in mice that prenatal exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals can raise a female's risk of cancer later on in life.

Overall, women should cut down on consuming or using the following products:

Foods and drinks that come in cans. Look out for cans that say they are BPA free on the label. The majority of cans contain Bisphenol A (BPA), which is a chemical that upsets our hormone system. BPA has been associated with breast cancer risk.

Women should also avoid products with fragrance added, such as cleaning products, detergent) and air fresheners.

You should also cut down on body care products that contain TEA (triethanolamine), Formaldehyde, DEA (diethanolamine), Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DMP, DEP), DMDM Hydantoin, Triclosan, Fragrance, PEGs (polyethylene glycol), and anything with "glycol" or "methyl."

Hand washes and anti-bacterial soaps also pose a risk. You should look for products without Triclosan, which can disrupt hormones and has been associated with breast cancer risk.

In buying toothpaste, avoid those that contain Triclosan. If you really want to go back to basics, brush your teeth with baking soda.

Products with Parabens should also be avoided. Some drinks, pie fillings, beers, pickles and jams may contain Parabens. Parabens may disrupt the hormones. Cosmetic product labels will list them if they have been added, however food products might not. Seek out Parabens-free goods.

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