October is a near an dear month to my family. Breast Cancer is a scary thought – especially when you know it has popped up in your family history. Having a daughter myself, I want to make sure to give her and myself every best chance possible to skirt around the grasp of Breast Cancer.
Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life. They created a mother-daughter toolkit that mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.
What are some things you can do as a mom to help reduce the risk of Breast Cancer in your daughter?
- Reduce your use of products that contain phthalates – chemicals found in detergents, containers, toys, and personal care products. Phthalates are indicated with the number 3 in the recycling triangle.
- When possible, reduce your use of products with BPA – chemicals in some plastic bottles, containers and in the lining of some cans. BPS is indicated by the number 7 in the recycling triangle
- Make healthy choices. Instead of using plastic containers for storage of food, store and warm food in glass containers. Or instead of buying canned fruits and vegetables, buy fresh or frozen.
- Live a healthy, active lifestyle and make it something you and your children do together. Get out and Play together. When you cook reduce use of foods that are high in the amount of animal fats.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below. This will help with the important work the researchers are doing in regards to Breast Cancer. The survey can be found here: https://gmuchss.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8izzl2KmaYZyGhv .