Do These Common Chemicals Cause Breast Cancer?

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lotionsRight now, you and I both know someone who has succumbed to or are enduring the disease of breast cancer. These are our moms, sisters, grandmas, friends, aunts, daughters, and neighbors. Breast cancer is an epidemic. One in eight women will develop the disease, and nearly 40,000 women die from it yearly (though, thankfully, the death rate is decreasing).

Different studies have linked  bisphenol-A, phthalates, and parabens to breast cancer. Reducing your exposure to all three can be easily done and sometimes avoided by reading labels and making informed choices when it comes to buying food, household cleaners, and personal care products.

For example, parabens are widely used as preservatives in cosmetics — found in lotions, creams, and deodorants. They can be absorbed by the skin and have been linked to breast cancer incidence. One study found parabens in 99 percent of breast tissue samples; 60 percent of the samples contained at least five parabens.

There are many more chemicals associated with breast cancer. Some are avoidable, others are not. READ HERE on how to reduce and avoid exposure to BPAs, phthalates, and parabens.



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Lisa enjoys pina coladas and gettin' caught in the rain (and songs by Rupert Holmes it appears). She also home-schools her pharma-free children in her spare-time and has been known to extoll the virtues of cooking with quinoa a little too loudly at her local organic farmer's market in far west suburban Chicago.
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