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How to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer TODAY by Creating a Healthy Home

October 31st, 2014 by Francine

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According to Breastcancer.org, one out of every eight women in the US will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases were expected to be diagnosed and about 40,000 women are expected to die in 2014 from breast cancer alone. In order to raise awareness, October has been deemed Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Advances in treatment, early detection, and increased awareness are believed to the be some of the reasons we have seen a decrease in death rates from breast cancer since 1989, with largest decrease seen in women under 50. While researchers cannot pinpoint the exact cause, studies have found more than 15 common chemicals that are likely to increase a woman’s chances for developing breast cancer.

Here’s a partial list of of chemicals linked to breast cancer and other health issues:

  • When chlorine breaks down, it forms, Dioxin, a human carcinogen and endocrine disruptor found in both water and air.
  • Small amounts of hormones from medications can make their way from people’s bodies into our water supply. These Endocrine Disruptors are not fully removed during water treatment processes, and end up in our household tap water.
  • Organic Solvents such as toluene, methylene chloride, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde are found in our homes, cosmetics and cleaning products.
  • Pesticides have been found in our water supply, our air and dust from homes.
  • 1,3-butadiene is an air pollutant created by internal combustion engines and petroleum refineries. It is also found in synthetic rubber products, fungicides, and tobacco smoke.
  • Electromagnetic waves are a type of non-ionizing radiation produced by cell phones, wireless networking, radio towers, computers and electric lighting. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified electromagnetic fields as possible human carcinogens.
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE) is present in some paint removers, adhesives, rug cleaners, metal cleaners, and spot removers and has been detected in air, surface water, and groundwater.
  • Benzene is one of the highest volume petrochemical solvents currently in production. Exposure comes from inhaling gas fumes, automobile exhaust and tobacco smoke.
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been banned since 1976, but can still be found in insulation fluids, plastics, adhesives, paper, inks, paints and other products.

What can you do in your home TODAY to help lower your risk of Breast Cancer and other health issues before they occur?

There are many ways you can lower your risk of cancer and other health issues. Diet, exercise and reducing/removing the toxic chemicals in our homes can help lower your risk of breast cancer and other health issues before they occur.

Here are three ways to be proactive in your health by ensuring that your home environment is safe and healthy for you and your family:

  • Have your home’s water tested 
    While many of us filter our drinking water, most of us don’t consider the water we use on our bodies. During a shower, the combination of what your skin absorbs and what your lungs inhale adds up to more than 8 glasses of water. Unfiltered water can contain up to 80 contaminants that you come in contact with daily.
  • Have your home tested for Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)
    Technology is all around us, especially in our home and while it makes a lot of daily activities easier, it comes at a cost. Wireless networks, cell phones and other mobile devices give off Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) that can interfere with functions of human cells. A survey of the EMFs in your home can help determine how you can minimize your exposure.
  • Have the air in your home tested
    Household cleaners, paint, varnish and everyday items containing chemicals can produce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the air we breathe. These particles are considered carcinogenic and can cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma), heart disease, and other serious long-term conditions. An in-home evaluation can help you find out exactly what’s in the air that you and your family are breathing and recommend the right improvements.

A healthy home starts here,TODAY!
Want to find out what is lurking in your home?

When it comes to our health, prevention is the best medicine.
Contact a healthEhabitats Environmental Expert or call us at 1.877.861.3662 to schedule a healthEhome evaluation to test your home’s air, water and surface quality.

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