Becoming aware of environmental toxins is a big step to preventing certain types of cancer.  Breast and prostate cancers are hormone dependant, where as lung and liver cancers are hormone sensitive. 

Xenoestrogens are synthetic chemicals that mimic natural estrogen in our body. Estrogen is normally responsible for controlling abnormal tissue growth, but xenoestrogens decrease this important role.

Xenoestrogens are formed from bovine growth hormone in dairy food, BPA (an industrial chemical added to plastics and a known carcinogen), phthalates (chemicals added to plastics that increase cancer risk) and methylparabens (known carcinogens in personal care products).

Here are some tips to help you avoid common known sources of xenoestrogens:

read labels and avoid PVC: plastic food wrap, cooking oil bottles, shower curtains, children’s toys, vinyl flooring and wall coverings

use only stainless steel, glass, ceramic or cast iron for dishes, drinking glasses, cookware, food storage, food heating or freezing

do not use non-stick cookware as they release toxic chemicals into food at high temperatures

do not ever microwave or heat plastic as this transfers BPA into your food

avoid using dryer sheets as they contain toxic chemicals

avoid long-term use of estrogen replacement therapy drugs or birth control pills that contain both estrogen and progestin, as they increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 24%

investigate your personal care products to see if they contain harmful chemicals, especially nail polish, perfumes, hair spray, antiperspirant, aftershave lotion, soap, shampoo, cosmetics (search EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database)

make your own cleaning products (search the internet for simple recipes) or purchase natural detergents

avoid using air fresheners and scented candles as they contain toxic chemicals

check baby soothers, baby bottles and baby cups for BPA

do not take debit/credit machine receipts unless you have to and wash your hands after touching them

decrease your consumption of processed and packaged foods including canned foods

Being aware of your food supply and what your body comes into contact with every day can significantly reduce your risk of cancer. Manage your time wisely to fit in exercise, sleep, a healthy diet, and stress management. Your health must always remain your number one  priority!