Tips for Prevention
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What can be done to reduce our risk of breast cancer? Our prevention tips are one of our most sought after resources. Awareness and adoption of our tips can help redefine your daily routine and help you reduce your risk to the disease. We’ll help you identify some known and suspected breast cancer risk factors, and give you tips on how you can make simple changes to protect your health.
Read ingredient labels
It is perfectly legal to use ingredients linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and reproductive harm in personal care products, cosmetics, cleaning products and food packaging. Check our Glossary of Exposures to learn more.
If you don’t know what’s in it, don’t use it
Labeling loopholes have allowed companies to avoid disclosing ingredients on the labels of household cleaners, food packaging and hair and nail salon products. Buy from companies committed to full ingredient disclosure.
Avoid fragrance in everything
Fragrance (or parfum) is a cocktail of ingredients, and each fragrance can include dozens of potentially harmful chemicals. Avoid purchasing and using personal care products, cleaning products, clothing, and home goods with added fragrance as often as possible.
Wash your hands
Washing your hands kills germs and reduces exposures to unsafe chemicals. Many chemicals from everyday products end up in household (or workplace) dust. Hand-washing reduces dust on the hands, and as a result reduces exposures to chemicals, like flame retardants. Make sure to use hand soap free of harmful chemicals.
Go fresh, organic, and hormone-free
Choose fresh, organic and hormone-free foods in order to avoid exposure to pesticides, added hormones, and other possible toxic chemicals in packaged foods. Buying products grown organically reduces pesticide use, which is good for families, farm workers, and the environment, and eating fresh (or frozen) foods helps you to avoid chemicals like BPA in food can linings.
Don’t be brainwashed, greenwashed or pinkwashed
Companies use savvy marketing to sell products, so don’t let false claims trick you into buying products with harmful ingredients. Watch out for products designed to look like they good for the environment or natural. This is called green washing — words like “natural” and “safe” have little, if any, meaning without ingredient labels to back them up. Be wary of products boasting a pink ribbon, too; many pinkwashed products contain chemicals linked to cancer, and often do little to prevent or reduce breast cancer.