Glossary of Exposures

Alcohol

Alcohol consumption increases risk for breast cancer, as demonstrated by a large body of research. The more one drinks, the...

Fragrance

Fragrance or 'parfum' is any of the approximately 4,000 chemicals used by the fragrance industry to formulate scents for use in...

Vinyl Chloride

A classified human carcinogen with multiple toxic effects in humans and animals, including an increase in breast cancer incidence in...

Triclosan

A potential endocrine disruptor that at lower levels increases the growth of breast cancer cells, and at higher levels, suppresses...

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Abundant in our atmosphere making it easier for them to bind and alter our DNA as well as mimic and...

Tobacco Smoke

One of the more obvious exposures to avoid, tobacco smoke, can lead to stroke, heart disease, and many cancers. Tobacco...

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Banned by the EPA, many of the products we use continue to contain traces of PCBs and can still cause...

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)

Shown to affect a number of hormonal systems as well as amplify the growth of cancer cells. PBDEs are found...

Phytoestrogens

Women with HER-2 positive tumors as well as pre-menopausal women at high risk for breast cancer should beware and avoid...

Phthalates

Found in a variety of products like plastics, personal care products, toys, cleaning products and more needed for our day-to-day...

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