October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, when everything from NFL armbands to soup cans turn pink. Here are 4 tips to keep in mind all year, not just over the next few weeks, to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful, cancer-causing chemicals:
1.) Pay special attention to the household cleaners and air fresheners you use.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Environmental Health linked regular, combined exposure to household cleaners and air fresheners to a higher incidence of breast cancer. Purchase natural cleansers or try making your own spray cleaner by combining equal parts white vinegar and water. And a safter alternative to air freshners, of course, would be to light up your favorite Scandle Body Candle (aromatherapy candle and lotion in 1)!;)
2.) Go natural when choosing cosmetics.
It’s no secret that many of the major cosmetic companies out there use many products that have been linked with health problems because they are inexpensive, readily available, and allowed. Find out the truth about your cosmetics, we love this site Personal Care Truth.
3.) Remember to get screened for breast cancer regularly.
According to American Cancer Society guidelines, women over 40 should get an annual mammogram, and women in their 20s and 30s should get a clinical breast exam every 3 years. Those with a family history of breast cancer should get an MRI as well.
4.) Beware of pinkwashing!
Just because a product displays a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon doesn’t mean that it’s safe and natural. Check out our FB post a few days ago about a major personal care manufacturer using cancer causing ingredients partnering up with The National Breast Cancer Association!