Part Three of a Three Part Series on What Breast Cancer can teach us about Infertility: Did you know…
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Did you know…
• Some of the most widely used weed killers can “turn on” the production of estrogen or disrupt normal hormonal balance.
• Washing or peeling fruits and vegetables removes some, but not all, pesticides. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Pesticide Data Program found as many as 13 different pesticides on one pint of well-washed non-organic blueberries.
• Many beef and dairy cattle farms inject extra hormones into their animals to increase meat and milk production and save money, yet the safety of these hormones for consumers is still controversial. While lower prices make these products more accessible, we don’t yet know how our health may be affected by consuming milk produced this way.
• Preventive antibiotics are given to food animals to help them avoid infection. These antibiotics can lead to more antibiotic-resistant infections in people. Dealing with difficult-to-treat infections weakens your immune system’s ability to heal cell damage.
• Active ingredients in healthy foods like soy are sometimes manufactured into concentrated supplements. These products can contain high levels of ingredients with estrogen-like activity, which might contribute to the development or growth of breast cancer. It is important to know that the content and quality of these products is often unregulated.
• Many unused medicines are thrown out or flushed down the toilet and can get into surface and ground waters. Prescription hormones, which are eliminated by the body, can also get into the water. While effects of these chemicals have been found on fish and other wildlife, the levels do not appear high enough to affect humans. Still, there are serious concerns about safety.
• Chemicals used to disinfect water often become common water pollutants themselves.
• Oil spills pollute the water supply and eventually the land. Spills contain chemicals that can directly damage genes in breast cells.
• Pollutants concentrate in plants and animals as they move up the food chain.
Breastcancer.org President and Founder Marisa Weiss, M.D. – Think Pink, Live Green
Think Pink, Live Green represents the results of ongoing research to identify both well-established and newly suspected breast cancer risk factors. Many of these factors can be reduced or modified by changing our daily lives. Every woman is at risk for breast cancer; some are more prone than others. But sometimes risk can be random.