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October Newsletter: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Check out our October newsletter for tips on how to reduce your risk of getting breast cancer, fall prevention, how to deal with a snoring spouse, a line-up of great local events and more!

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How Much Do You Know About Breast Cancer?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So we’re asking, how much do you know about breast cancer? What is your risk for the disease? Take this quiz from the American Cancer Society to find out how much you know about breast cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most prevalent cancer among U.S. woman and 12% of women will develop this disease during their lifetime. There are many lifestyle factors that influence your risk, but the good news is that these are within your control. Maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, not smoking, drinking only moderately—these are all steps you can take to help reduce your risk. Visit the American Cancer Society’s website to learn more about breast cancer risk factors.

Understanding the Link Between Environmental Exposures and Breast Cancer

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With 1 in 8 women getting breast cancer in their lives, it’s not a matter of if you or a loved one will be affected but rather when. Most people are aware that breast cancer can run in families and that poor lifestyle choices like smoking, being overweight, and leading a sedentary lifestyle can put you at greater risk for breast and other types of cancers. What many people do not realize is the growing body of research showing the role environmental exposures to certain chemicals plays in raising breast cancer risk.

What sort of environmental exposures should you be on the lookout for? According to BreastCancerFund.org, there are a number of chemicals used in food packaging and personal care products that are known as endocrine disruptors, and it’s wise to be wary. Endocrine disruptors have been shown to mimic estrogen and other hormones in the body as well as interfere with breast cancer treatment. Avoid canned goods as the lining of the cans often contains Bisphenol A, or BPA. Phthalates, another type of endocrine disruptor, are used in personal care products containing synthetic fragrances, as well as many types of plastics. Avoid using plastic containers for food and refrain from heating food in plastic containers as the chemicals can leach into the food when heated. Parabens, preservatives used in personal care products and some foods, are also endocrine disruptors that have been linked to an increased cancer risk. Buying organic foods, especially those items on the Dirty Dozen, can help you avoid ingesting potential cancer-causing pesticides used to treat the plants. Eating organic meat, dairy and eggs helps you avoid the synthetic growth hormones many farmers use on their livestock.

For more information on how you can limit your environmental exposures to chemicals linked with cancer, read BreastCancerFund.org’s article Chemicals in Food. You can find a helpful pocket guide with tips on how you can limit your exposure at Coalition4Prevention.org.