Practical Breast Cancer Prevention Tips
Learn how to prevent breast cancer by avoiding environmental pollutants and toxins that can build up in the body and ultimately increase your chances of incurring breast cancer.
Tip # 1. Use only natural personal care products
Choose skin care products that contain no estrogens, placental components, phthalates, or parabens.
Personal Grooming Products: Products such as makeup, face creams, shampoos, lotions, deodorants, even toothpaste, contain toxic chemicals that are endocrine disruptors and liver congesting substances.
Women absorb 5 pounds of chemicals from cosmetics every year – from cancer-causing compounds in face cream to arsenic in eye shadow.
The use of organic/natural products is arguably MORE important than consuming organic food- the digestive system is designed to filter out impurities we consume, while our skin- our bodies largest organ- absorbs 60% of what’s on it, directly into the bloodstream.
The fact is that absorbing chemicals through our skin is more dangerous than swallowing them. At least, if you ingest chemicals through your mouth, your digestive system can do something towards dealing with them, but If they go through your skin they hit your blood stream immediately and are then transported to vital organs such as kidney and liver, where they may be stored for many years.
it is known that between 50% and 60% of the toxic chemical ingredients used in typical non-organic skin care and cosmetics are absorbed through the skin and can therefore enter straight into the bloodstream. So, it is ever more important to detox your skincare regime as on step towards reducing environmental toxins in your family’s life.
Typical toxic compounds found in most personal care products are Parabens
What are parabens?
Parabens are synthetic preservatives commonly used in skin care, hair care, and body care products. They ensure a long shelf life and inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold.
Paraben compounds and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution and toothpaste. Parabens may be seen as methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl (alkyl-p-hydoxybenzoates).
Parabens are permitted in concentrations of up to 1%. A 1995 survey of 215 cosmetic products found that parabens were used in 99% of leave-on products and in 77% of rinse-off cosmetics. It is safe to say that if you use cosmetic products, you are using products that contain parabens.
Parabens have been considered as safe for many years, however this has changed in the last few decades. Currently, there is evidence of the endocrine (hormonal system), reproductive and developmental effects of parabens.
Although the scientific community and the American Cancer Society says parabens are safe for long-term use, there have been some studies which suggest parabens may lead to an increase in breast cancer, as well as reproductive abnormalities.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) states that:
More research is needed to specifically examine whether the use of deodorants or antiperspirants can cause the buildup of parabens and aluminum-based compounds in breast tissue. Additional research is also necessary to determine whether these chemicals can either alter the DNA in some cells or cause other breast cell changes that may lead to the development of breast cancer.
Note how the NCI does not state that parabens are safe to use.
According to the The Environmental Protection Agency (EWG) all parabens — methyl, propyl, butyl — have been proved to interfere with the function of the endocrine system, and these endocrine disruptors are stored in our body’s fatty tissues, contributing to reproductive and developmental disorders, learning problems and immune system dysfunction in children.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) parabens “displayed estrogenic activity (stimulating the hormone estrogen which is known to stimulate breast and ovarian cancer) in several tests.”
Because estrogen is a major etiologic factor in the development of human breast tissue and breast cancers, it has been proposed that parabens and other chemicals that are used in underarm cosmetics may contribute to the increasing incidence of breast cancer. In an uncontrolled study of 20 patients with breast tumors, the mean concentration of parabens was 20.6 ± 4.2ng per gram of tissue.
The estrogenic activity of parabens has been substantiated by several in vitro and in vivo studies.
Parabens are absorbed through the skin and can then be stored in the body. Once parabens are in the body they affect the hormonal system by mimicking oestrogen, the hormone that promotes cell growth as parabens are known hormone disruptors. The promotion of cell growth links parabens with breast cancer. Parabens have actually been detected in human breast cancer tumors. One study found parabens present in 18 out of 20 breast cancer tissue samples (though it is important to note that the study did not prove they’d actually caused the breast cancer).
How do you avoid these chemicals?
The best way to steer clear of harmful ingredients is to opt for organic brands of everything you apply to your skin, including body- and face-care products, makeup, soaps, sunscreen, toothpaste and all other toiletries. You should be able to find them in large chemists or department stores. Always choose a reputable organic brand in the supermarket, or buy your cleaning products from a reputable organic source.
Read labels carefully; if there is a long string of complex chemicals, give those products a miss. Choose natural ingredients, such as essential oils, herbs and sea salts, and look for certified organic brands. You can’t avoid all the toxins in modern life, but if you try not to ingest them voluntarily, you will be taking a huge step towards looking after your health
What to look for on the label
All items listed below are parabens, check your product labels for these terms:
- Methylparaben (E218)
- Ethylparaben (E214)
- Propylparaben (E216)
- Benzyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
- Methyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
- Ethyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
- Propyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
- Butyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
- Parahydroxybenzoic acid
Click on http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com to learn more.
Tip # 2. Avoid anti-antiperspirants
The human body has a few areas that it uses to purge toxins; behind the knees, behind the ears, groin area, and armpits. The toxins are purged in the form of perspiration.
Anti-antiperspirants, as the name clearly indicates, prevents you from perspiring, thereby inhibiting the body from purging toxins from below the armpits. These toxins do not just magically disappear. Instead, the body deposits them in the lymph nodes below the arms since it cannot sweat them out. This causes a high concentration of toxins and leads to cell mutations: and to breast cancer. Nearly all breast cancer tumors occur in the upper outside quadrant of the breast area. This is precisely where the lymph nodes are located.
An additional reason to avoid antiperspirants is aluminum content.
Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in many antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects. Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer.
Some safe choices in personal-care products are:
- Abra Stress Therapy Bath
- Aubrey Organics
- Avalon Organics Hair, Bath & Body Rosemary Shower Gel
- Burt’s Bees, Inc
- Derma e Natural Bodycare
- Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
- Ecco Bella Botanicals
- EO Products/Small World Trading
- J.P. Durga Roseline Body Spray and Room Myst
- Juice Beauty
- Osea Passion Bath Oil
- Hain Celestial Group, Inc
- Kiss My Face Corp
Tip # 3. Use natural cleansers
Try to make use of air filters as well as natural cleaners such as baking soda, vinegar, etch. Shun away from the use of petrochemical laundry products. You have to play your part in lessening the toxins found within the environment because no one else will do it for you.
Tip # 4. Choose organic produce
Eat organic food as much as possible and wash your produce well. Many pesticides are estrogen or androgen mimicking chemicals that can interrupt your natural hormone production. The correct balance of all hormones is necessary for good health. Both too little and too much of any one hormone can create health problems including breast cancer.
The molecular structure of some pesticides closely resembles that of estrogen. This means they may attach to estrogen receptor sites in your body. Although studies haven’t found a definite link between most pesticides and breast cancer, researchers have learned that women with elevated levels of pesticides in their breast tissue have a greater breast cancer risk.
If you must eat conventional produce, avoid the 12 most highly fumigated produce items. These include:
Strawberries, Bell peppers (green and red), Spinach, Cherries (grown in the United States), Peaches (grown in Chile), Cantaloupe (grown in Mexico), Celery, Apples, Apricots, Green beans, Grapes, and Cucumbers.
Tip # 5. Avoid imported produce
produce imported to the U.S. from Mexico and Latin America may contain banned toxicants since these hazardous chemicals are still widely used for agriculture in those countries.