Breast Cancer Prevention: 5 Environmental Chemicals You Should Stay Away From
Toxins are everywhere, even in the environment that we live in. Certain environmental toxins have been linked to a number of diseases, including asthma, cancer, and heart disease.
It is believed that excessive exposure to certain environmental toxins may increase the risk of breast cancer in women. However, only a limited number of studies have been conducted so far to study such toxins. In fact, the researchers have been able to study about 6,000 environmental toxins in use today out of the list of more than 85,000 chemicals.
There is no concrete evidence that environmental exposure to the chemicals described below increases the risk of breast cancer. But several researchers have come up with evidence that support the concern. This is the reason why everyone, men, women, and children, must avoid an exposure to the following breast cancer-causing suspects:
A majority of the toilet deodorizers contain dichlorobenzene, a chemical that has been associated with early periods in adolescent girls. Since early menstruation is a known risk factor for breast cancer, an excessive exposure to toilet deodorizers may, in some way, escalate the risk.
Therefore, avoiding an exposure to any toilet product containing dichlorobenzene is important. If needed, distilled white vinegar can be used to disinfect the toilet.
Air and Room Fresheners
Phthalates are a class of chemicals used in air and room fresheners and other products with synthetic fragrance. These plasticizing chemicals have been long linked by researchers to an increased risk of an invasive type of breast cancer, which is most hard for the oncologists to treat.
According to a study published in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, phthalates exposure disrupts hormone balance in the body of an individual and therefore, the chances of hormone-sensitive breast cancer are increased. However, the story does not end here. It has been observed that phthalate exposure makes breast cancer cells multiply and grow at least three times faster than the cells not exposed to this harmful chemical.
Cadmium is a heavy metal often contained in cheap make up products and artificial jewelry. This metal has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer as it fuels the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Research suggests that cancer cells exposed to cadmium produce a protein that makes it easier for them to spread to other parts of the body. Thus, women are advised to use only trusted products and use a sponge instead of a brush to apply make up as it limits the exposure to the chemicals contained in the cosmetic product.
Most of the canned food items contain Bisphenol A, commonly referred to as BPA. BPA-containing foods and drinks have been linked to disruption of hormone balance and an increased risk of breast cancer.
A study conducted in a group of monkeys revealed that mothers who were exposed to BPA during pregnancy were most likely to give birth to babies with greater breast density. A greater breast density is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, it is believed that an exposure to BPA may alleviate the risk too.
Women who live in air-polluted areas are twice more likely to develop breast cancer than women who stay in pollution-free areas. This is one of the leading findings of a study conducted by a team of Canadian researchers.