At EHS we strive not only to improve the lives of men and women who have been affected by cancer but we also strive to raise awareness about prevention. Below are some tips that suggest some steps that individuals can take to avoid heightening their risk of contracting cancer. Feel free to contribute any of your own tips in the comment section.
Tip 1. Products to avoid.
- Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA or BHA acids
- Hair dyes, especially dark permanent dyes
- Nail polish and removers with formaldehyde, DBP or toluene
- Skin lighteners with hydroquinone
- “Fragrances” can contain dozens, even hundreds, of chemicals—including hormone disrupting phthalates. Avoid synthetic fragrance and opt for products that are fragrance-free or contain natural fragrances like essential oils.
- The lining in canned foods contains toxic bisphenol A, or BPA, which leaches into food and then into us. Choose fresh and frozen over canned foods.
Tip 3: Make sure your water bottle is BPA-free.
- Avoid toxic bisphenol A, or BPA, which is in polycarbonate plastic reusable water bottles, and kick the bottled-water habit. Instead, get a non-toxic, reusable stainless steel bottle.
Tip 4: Take caution with Electromagnetic Fields.
- Wireless Internet and phone networks expose us to very low levels of non-ionizing, or electromagnetic field (EMF), radiation. Health risks are not yet well understood, but it’s good to take precautions. Keep your computer in “sleep” mode and disable your wireless network when not in use. Don’t keep your cell phone in your pocket, use a headset and, when possible, text instead of calling.
Tip 5: Use non-toxic cleaning products.
- Many cleaning products contain harmful chemicals. Seek out non-toxic alternatives or make your own. Try baking soda for scouring and vinegar for cleaning glass.
- Studies show that women whose body mass index (BMI) is at the lower end of the scale for their height lower their risk of breast cancer. Even more important is getting rid of belly fat, which acts like a “hormone pump” releasing estrogen into the bloodstream as well as raising levels of other hormones.
Tip 7: Get 30 minutes a day of exercise.
- We all know this is one of the best ways to keep our weight down, but research also shows that activity itself helps prevent cancer by keeping hormone levels healthy. This is important for preventing hormone-fueled breast cancer.
- More than one drink a day is associated with a significant increase in breast cancer risk, and teetotalers have the lowest risk of all. It seems that alcohol boosts the effect of other toxins, such as nicotine from smoking, and can directly damage DNA, leading to cancer.
Tip 9: Don’t take hormones, or limit how long you take them.
- There’s still plenty of controversy, but most experts agree that long-term use of estrogen and progesterone combination hormone therapy boosts your breast cancer risk. If you or someone you care for is really desperate, ask your doctor to prescribe the lowest possible dose, and plan to use it as a six month respite, and then reevaluate. Five years is considered the maximum time a woman should be on hormones.
Tip 10: Eat fruits and veggies. Here is a list of Top 10 cancer-fighting foods:
- Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale)
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
- Garlic (including onions, scallions, leeks, and chives)
- Green Tea (decaf)
- Whole Grains