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The best way to fight cancer is to take steps to reduce your risks. The chemicals in the environment, in home products and in what you eat may play a big role in your risk factors for breast cancer and other cancers. Learn what you can do to reduce these risk factors.
How to reduce exposure
- Read product labels: Look at cosmetics, shampoos and lotions and other products to avoid products with “placental extracts” or “parabens.” Look for “paraben-free” options.
- Avoid certain plastics and petroleum-based products: Use BPA-free plastics and limit exposure to “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons” found in charcoal for grilling, diesel fuel, tobacco smoke and more.
- Reduce exposure to pesticides in foods: Choose organic fruits and vegetables when possible
- Don’t smoke: One of the best things you can do to improve your health is to not smoke.
To help you ensure the personal care and household products you use are safe, and to learn about improving your environment, check out these resources:
- The Oregonian: Beating breast cancer before it starts: A prescription for healthy living
- Multnomah County—Healthy Environments: Get tips and information on programs and activities in your community.
- The Environmental Working Group: The nation’s leading environmental watchdog looks at products we use and checks them for the safety of their ingredients. Learn how to make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment. Website includes “Skin Deep” Guide to Cosmetics, Guide to Healthy Cleaning, and Guide to Pesticides in Produce, including these helpful tools: Environmental Working Group: Dirty Dozen and Environmental Working Group: Clean Fifteen.
- University of California—Berkeley’s Good Guide: Find safe, healthy, green & ethical products based on scientific ratings.
- Skin Cancer Foundation: Learn simple ways to protect you and your family from the sun. Includes information about tanning beds, and many other useful tips.
- City of Portland’s information about radon: Read about radon and how to protect yourself and your family.