Cancer has already touched my family once. When my oldest daughter was just 4 years old, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Thankfully, 8 years later, she is a healthy. She is a survivor. But this close brush with cancer has made all of us much more aware of the risk factors for all types of cancer — including breast cancer.
As a mother of two daughters, I am dedicated to doing everything I can to help us all lower our risk of developing breast cancer. And as a blogger who writes about green living, I am acutely aware of how environmental factors can influence our health. For me, protecting the health of my family is the number one reason to care about greener, safer products. It is the reason I am careful about the ingredients in the personal care and cleaning products we use in our home. Although it can be difficult to prove causal links, I think it is still wise to be cautious about what we use on, in and around our bodies.
Because there is still so much we don’t know about what causes cancer, I am always eager to learn about, and when possible, participate in efforts to study the disease.
Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life. They created a mother-daughter toolkit that mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.
4 Steps to Lower Breast Cancer Risk
These are good general health tips as well, and you can get even more guidance here on how to help your daughter reduce her breast cancer risk.
If you’d like to do more than just talk to your daughter, you also have a chance to participate in a study to help with the important work the BCERP is doing. Just click here to complete the study. We will all be better off once we better understand breast cancer and its causes, and how we can better protect ourselves from the environmental factors that could contribute to it.