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With the holidays fast approaching, you may be searching for perfect gifts for your family and friends. Believe it or not, our shopping decisions can reduce the cancer risk for our loved ones. Our Paths to Prevention report identifies 23 known breast cancer risk factors. Based on that research, we compiled a list of gift ideas which can reduce these risks for your family and friends!

Watch our video for the tips or read on.

Video Transcript

The holidays are upon us and I know you’re looking for the perfect gift for your friends and loved ones.  

I’m Andrea Dannenberg, a Breast Cancer Prevention Partners volunteer and breast cancer survivor.  

I’m going to share with you our Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas that can Prevent Breast Cancer!  

Yes, you heard that right: these gifts can help protect the health of those you care about.

1. Sleep Mask  

A sleep mask will give your loved ones a better night’s sleep 

And it can actually help reduce their risk of breast cancer!  

Light at nightthe streetlights outside your window and sleeping with the television or lights on— has been linked to increased breast cancer risk.  

So, gift better sleep AND lower their risk!  

I was shocked how much more soundly I sleep when I started using one. 

2. Homemade Bath and Beauty Gifts or Kids Art Supplies 

It’s really easy. A few simple ingredients are all you need to make non-toxic, bath products, safer cleaning products and awesome kids craft supplies 

We’ve posted recipes and ideas on our site that your family and friends will love! 

3. Gifts that Get Us Moving 

We all know that most of us don’t get enough exercise 

But, exercise at any age is protective against breast cancer.  

Consider gifts that will encourage your loved ones to move more.  

Maybe that’s sports equipment or an annual zoo or National Parks pass.  

Consider giving gifts that will inspire your friends and family to be more active.
 

4. HEPA Air Purifiers and Vacuum Cleaners 

HEPA filters are the best way to keep dust and harmful chemicals out of the air we breathe.  

Much of the furniture in our homes is likely treated with chemical flame retardants.  

These retardants use cancer-causing chemicals.  

But, we can reduce our loved one’s exposure to these chemicals by gifting air purifiers and vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters.  

5. Support Businesses that Fund Cancer Prevention 

Finally, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners has partnered with a number of socially responsible companies that fund BCPP’s work.  

2 for 1: you give a great gift and also support BCPP’s efforts to identify and eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to breast cancer.

So, there you have it: 5 great gift ideas that will help reduce breast cancer risk for your loved ones! Please check out our blog for more on the science behind these suggestions and for links to purchase some of the gifts mentioned. Happy holidays! 

1. Sleep Mask

A simple sleep mask will give your loved ones a better night’s sleep and can actually help prevent cancer! Light at night—including streetlights outside your window and sleeping with the television or lights on— has been linked to increased breast cancer risk. Gift your loves ones a better night’s sleep and protect their health! Our partner, Ettitude, offers a luxurious, non-toxic sleep mask.

2. Make Non-toxic Homemade Bath and Beauty Gifts

Who doesn’t love a thoughtful, homemade present? You would be surprised to see how simple it is to make non-toxic and luxurious bath products, cleaning products and kids’ craft supplies. We’ve compiled simple recipes your friends and family will love.

3. Gifts to Get Moving

We all know that most Americans don’t get enough exercise. Exercise at any age—from childhood through old age—is protective against breast cancer. Consider gifts that will encourage your loved ones to move more. Maybe that’s soccer equipment for your young niece or granddaughter. Or a new yoga mat for your best friend. Does Grandma enjoy birdwatching? Maybe a new set of binoculars or a birding guidebook will inspire her to get out, walk more and enjoy her hobby. Or maybe a family gift like a zoo membership or National Parks and Recreation Lands Pass will help your family get moving in 2021.

4. HEPA Air Filters & Vacuum Cleaners

HEPA filters are the best way to keep dust and harmful chemicals out of the air you breathe. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. These filters work by forcing air through a fine mesh. With the ongoing COVID pandemic, we’re all staying home more than before. But, that means we’re also exposed to harmful chemicals, such as flame retardants, commonly used in furniture and other household products. HEPA filters help remove cancer-causing chemicals from our air. What could be better?

5. Support Businesses that Fund Cancer Prevention

You can find wonderful gift ideas from socially responsible companies that help fund BCPP’s work at Purchases Supporting Prevention. These companies offer non-toxic gifts and also support BCPP’s work to identify and eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to breast cancer.

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