Posts Tagged ‘breast cancer’

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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November Newsletter: Giving Thanks

Our November newsletter has great information on diabetes and breast cancer prevention, as well as upcoming local events! Click here to read our November newsletter!

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.

Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Environmental Risks

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The statistics show an alarming trend. According to the National Cancer Institute, 1 in 8 women get breast cancer in their lifetimes, up from 1 in 20 just 40 years ago. Research continues to connect environmental exposures to chemicals to breast cancer risk.

Our exposures come from all over—our personal care products, cleaning products, food, air and water. Certain chemicals, called endocrine disruptors because they disrupt our hormones, are used in personal care products as preservatives that extend the shelf life of products, the lining of canned goods, on receipts, in plastics, in fragrances, in the coating of non-stick pans, the list goes on, and they can have health consequences over time. The Breast Cancer Fund, a non-profit focused on exposing and eliminating the environmental causes of cancer, has a comprehensive list of some of the most prevalent chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis and how to avoid them.

Small changes can make a difference! Buy fresh or frozen produce as opposed to canned goods, look for fragrance free products that are paraben and phthalate free, buy organic food whenever possible, use baking soda and vinegar instead of toxic chemicals to clean your house, and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. For more tips to reduce your risk, visit The Breast Cancer Fund’s website.

Environmental Exposures to Certain Chemicals and Breast Cancer

More and more research is finding a connection between environmental exposures to certain chemicals and an increased risk for breast cancer. Visit the Breast Cancer Fund’s website to learn more about reducing exposures and lowering your risk for breast cancer.

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.

Do You Know The Answer to These Common Questions About Breast Cancer?

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You probably know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But do you know the answer to these questions about the disease? Click here to put your breast cancer knowledge to the test!

It’s Not Too Late to Register for The Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure!

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Come on out this Saturday, Oct 19th to show your support!

Find race and registration details here.

October Newsletter: Autumn’s Arrival

 

Our October newsletter is full of helpful information on veterans aid benefits, breast cancer, family caregiving, local events happening this month and much more. Click here to read our October newsletter.