Reducing Cancer Risk

I came across a list in a magazine called Great Life, which listed lifestyle choices and environmental conditions that may contribute to breast cancer risk. They may be controversial, but the author* feels they merit consideration, as do I:

Things to Avoid

1. Early & prolonged use of hair dyes, particularly dark colors.

2. Alcohol: Even one glass per day may increase your risk by 11%.

3. Smoking.

4. Exposure to carcinogens, household chemicals and pollution from neighboring chemical plants and hazardous waste sites.

5. Diet high in animal fats contaminated with undisclosed carcinogens and estrogenic chemicals.

6. Silicone gel breast implants.

7. Some common prescriptive drugs, such as some hypertensives, antibiotics and anti-depressants.

8. Early and repeated pre-menopausal mammography.

9. Oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy.

*Adapted from The Breast Cancer Prevention Program (Macmillan, 1997) by Samuel Epstein, M.D. & David Steinman.

P.S. While this is an older publication,I feel these risks are still valid. One other, which I found in Time Magazine, June 4th, 2012 is this statistic: There is a “22% drop in breast cancer risk in overweight women who lose 5% of their body weight. The benefit may be linked to hormone levels that fluctuate with weight.”

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