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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tips to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk - Mothers & Daughters

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program.

Today the "C word" is more common than anyone would like it to be.  In fact, just a few weeks ago when talking to my son about a family member being sick, his first response was, "it is cancer isn't it?"  Even a 7 year old knows that cancer truly is more common now and so many people are affected by it.  

As a woman and #GirlMom, the cancer that is always on my mind is Breast Cancer.  I am sure you all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so that is why I am sharing some very important information for women to review for themselves as well as those mothers of daughters.  

Earlier this year I participated in a survey for the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), I was happy to be apart of this great program because I know so many women are affected by breast cancer.  We must find a way to reduce the risk.  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.  

As you see in the above graphic, there are some things that families can work towards in hopes of reducing the breast cancer risk.  

Tips to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk - Mother & Daughters:

Reduce your use of products with phthalates.  We need to be aware of the chemicals in every day items we use. 

Reduce your use of products with BPA.  Check those bottles, containers, and plastic items in your home for BPA. 

Make healthy choices.  Add more fresh fruit and veggies to your diet - less canned items.  Be cautious with the containers you reheat food in and store food in.  

Families - Live a healthy and active lifestyle.  Do this as a family!  Get out, exercise but make it fun and cook as a family using healthy food items. 

As a woman who is reaching mid-30's it is also important for me to remember that I need to go in for my yearly exams.  Prevention is key at this point!

My hope for my daughter is that she will not have to worry about Breast Cancer but until we find a cure that just isn't the case.  Until then, women, let's help the research in hopes of finding that cure!  If you have a few minutes, BCERP would really appreciate your help in filling out this survey. Your input is incredibly valuable!

How are you making sure that you are reducing the risks of breast cancer?

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  1. I despise cancer. It's what killed my grandparents and my dad. As such, I am super vigilant when it comes to taking steps to prevent it. I am also a big advocate of speaking about breast cancer and I love the tips you mentioned!

  2. I like this. We've made a real point to start paying attention to most of these. Our containers are not BPA free and I do my best to have my family eating fruits and veggies instead of junk. In fact, I don't pack it in lunches anymore. I think it makes a significant difference in the way we feel on a day to day basis as well.

  3. Breast cancer runs in my family as well. So many women in our family have had to have mastectomies! It's scary! I have issues with fibroids which is not cancer but it still worries me. Thank you for these tips! I am going to go over them again and let my daughter know about the dangers too!

  4. Cancer is so scary and you're right it is so common. There are many things we can do to attempt to reduce our risks and so much of it does have to do when how we store and prepare the things we eat. the foods themselves and the things we put on and in our body. Great tips!!

  5. Cancer took my aunt from us last year, although it wasn't breast cancer (she had brain cancer that we believe started with skin cancer, so get those moles checked out!). It is so incredibly important to teach our kids what they can do to decrease their risks. I know that cancer isn't always preventable, but we can do everything possible to lower our chances of getting it.

  6. Cancer is such a devastating journey and battle. My neighbor who was like a second Mom to me passed away in March after battling cancer four times over 20 years. To watch someone you love deteriorate and no final cure, just breaks the heart. Making better choices and educating women on self check ups and ways to keep cancer causing items out of our homes is the first step!

  7. Cancer sucks! I always knew about BPA and now learning about phthalates. Definitely going to make a few changes go forward. Reducing our risks is so important.

  8. The older I get the more I'm hearing stories from friends, people close to me who have battled breast cancer. Diet and product choices are so important in helping avoid and help cure cancer.

  9. Having someone to talk with and be accountable to is a great way to stay focused on a goal. My mom always reminds me to regularly perform self breast exams. She’s great at contributing to what I hope minimizes the possibility of cancer in my future.


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