Prevention is Power: Protecting yourself and your community from Breast Cancer
As we all know October is the dedicated month for breast cancer awareness, but obviously it’s more than just pink ribbons and annual walks. More women (and men) are taking the initiative to obtain more education about the increasingly dangerous disease that openly effects our families, friends and communities on a daily basis.
People are starting to embark more on what science is telling us – that exposure to toxic chemicals in our everyday products increases breast cancer risk – and they want to talk about it, learn how to reduce their own risk, take action to prevent the disease.
Listed below are a few alarming facts that may be shocking:
- Today in the United States, a woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is an alarming 1 in 8.
- Fewer than 10 percent of women with breast cancer has a genetic history of the disease
- Over half of all breast cancers cannot be attributed to traditional risk factors such as family history, genetics, smoking and obesity.
- A compelling body of scientific evidence links breast cancer to the chemicals in our everyday environment – chemicals in our food, our products, our air and our water.More than 80,000 synthetic chemicals are registered for use in the United States; fewer than 10 percent have ever been fully tested for their health effects.
Prevention is Power is the Breast Cancer Fund’s October public education and engagement campaign poised to reach millions with the message of prevention and to share practical information about reducing exposure to toxic chemicals and making smarter choices as consumers.
The overarching message is that you have the power to protect yourself, your friends, your family and your community from breast cancer; that there are simple things you can do every day to reduce your risk; and that you can take action to call for safer products from companies and smarter laws from elected officials.
Please visit www.breastcancerfund.org for more information on risk factors and methods of prevention for breast cancer and other diseases.
Don’t wait until it’s too late…Early detection is key!