6 Easy Steps to Reduce Breast Cancer Chemicals

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Statistically, one in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.

We need to lower our exposures to these breast cancer chemicals, stat! 

Harvard researchers recently released information on 17 chemicals that can cause breast cancer—and many of them are in products we use every day. 

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Here are just a few places that Harvard researchers found toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer:

1. Eight toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer are in cigarette smoke. Are you sensing a theme, here? If you want to avoid breast cancer, please don’t smoke, ever—or ever again.

2. Car exhaust contains four carcinogenic chemicals. If you live near a busy intersection or freeway, clean indoor air with filters and amazingly effective and powerful houseplants.

3. Gasoline fumes linked to breast cancer can be limited by auto-filling your tank while sitting in the car with windows closed—when you’re waiting in your car, shut off the engine, rather than idling.

4. Fried foods and Charred foods are both linked to breast cancer, so make the fryer and barbeque an occasional treat. 

5. Try to bring your own reusable container when you’re taking out; food that’s stored in polystyrene—aka styrofoam—can deliver carcinogenic styrene to your body.

6. Non-stick pans, furniture, rugs and clothes may be convenient, but they are also now linked to breast cancer. Look for stainless or ceramic-coated pans, and avoid “stain-guard” on fabrics and furnishings. 

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Green Diva Rachel

Better known as “Mommy Greenest,” Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff is a journalist, consultant, sustainability advocate and former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World who was editor of Children magazine—before she had three of her own. Rachel was featured in Los Angeles and Lucky magazines and appeared on “The Today Show” and “CNN Headline News,” among others. The author of The Big List of Things That Suck, Rachel also publishes MommyGreenest.com, sharing advice about healthier living with less judgment, because you shouldn't have to be a scientist to raise healthy kids. Follow her @RachelLSarnoff and at YouTube.com/RachelSarnoff.

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  1. wilma.hendriks@online.nl'
    Wilma Hendriks July 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for this information, I’m a bit surprised though that parabens are not mentioned since scientific research has found a link to breast cancer! These parabens are in almost every cosmetic product and in some processed food as well! Especially in deodorants, shampoos, etc. and the sensible thing to do is buy ‘paraben free’ products (must be mentioned on the product)!

    • Green Diva Rachel July 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Wilma! I’m also concerned about parabens and have written quite a bit about them on Mommy Greenest. For this story, I was looking specifically into those toxic chemicals that were identified by the Harvard study. You can read more about the study here: http://www.mommygreenest.com/10-ways-to-nix-breast-cancer-chemicals-now/ Thanks for commenting!

      • wilma.hendriks@online.nl'
        Wilma Hendriks July 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

        Thanks for replying Rachel! It was my first time on your website so not aware of previous studies/comments.
        Good to see that this kind of information is publicised more. There are so many (marketing) lies coming from the corporate world and ignorant and innocent people suffering from it as a result, whether it is here in Europe or in the US. Keep up the good work!

  2. Green Diva Rachel July 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Thank you!!

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