Breast Cancer Prevention

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month (October), I wanted to take this opportunity to stress the importance of prevention in reducing the risk of developing breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in this country. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes.

You’ve probably heard the importance of eating a healthier diet, exercising, maintaining a healthier weight, avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol intake in reducing the risk of developing breast cancer. There is also a growing body of evidence that many chemicals and hormones or hormone-like substances that we are routinely exposed to in our environment increase the risk for breast (and other) cancers. These include chemicals found in our food supply, cosmetics and toiletries, sunscreens, plastics, and household cleaning supplies.

The great news is you can reduce your risk of exposure to these chemicals by making healthier choices for you and your family. Click on the following link for helpful tips.

http://www.breastcancerfund.org/assets/pdfs/tips-fact-sheets/1-sheet-tip-cards.pdf

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