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Before Mason was born I started connecting with an online community of women. I knew right away that I wanted to breastfeed and by connecting myself with women who have previously breastfed their children or planned to do the same I found myself surrounded by women who tended to take a more natural route when it came to raising their children.
Deciding to breast feed was just the beginning of my journey. Now 8 years later I’m still on a journey towards health and wellness. Avoiding potentially harmful chemicals has been at the top of my list. The world is full of carcinogens. We don’t even know the effects of so many products that we’re using. It would be near impossible to avoid all of them but I CAN avoid as many as I can within the walls of my home. When I saw this infographic created by BCERP I was happy to see some of the things they were suggesting.
Reducing use of phosphates? Reducing use of products with BPA? Avoiding fragrance free products? Getting rid of plastic containers? We do A LOT of those things.
The list above are just a few ways that you can reduce your risk of breast cancer and the risk that your daughters have. The sooner you start to implement these things the better off your are so why not start before they are even born? I remember years ago we started by getting rid of as many plastic containers as we could especially those we store food in. When we do have plastic containers we make sure to never reheat our food in them and we don’t even wash them in the dish washer! We’ve also been great about remove harmful fragrances from our home, we strictly use 100% pure essential oils in our home instead of candles or air fresheners. Recently we even decided to limit our meat intake and participate in one meatless meal a week, usually on Mondays!
These are just little ways that you can help to reduce your risk of breast cancer and your daughter’s risk!
Looking for more tips and resources to reduce breast cancer risk for yourself and your daughter?
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 mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.
Want to Help?
Researchers are working hard to find ways to reach people about reducing their risk of breast cancer. If you want to help I encourage you to complete this short survey. I already took it and it didn’t take long at all!
What ways are you reducing your daughter’s risk of breast cancer?