Products That May Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

There is no proven link between breast cancer and household products, whether they be soap or water bottles. But many consumers, activists, and experts are concerned that a variety of goods contain hormone disruptors, chemicals that when absorbed into the body can mimic or interfere with hormones such as estrogen. Here are a few ways to play it safe.
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Less risky products

by Nora Isaacs

There is no proven link between breast cancer and household products, but a variety of goods contain hormone disruptors, chemicals that can mimic or interfere with hormones such as estrogen. Some researchers believe that these chemicals can cause normal breast cells to divide.

“Each time they divide, they have the risk of copying DNA incorrectly and creating mutations, which may lead to increased breast cancer risk,” says Suzanne Snedeker, PhD, the associate director for translational research for the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors at Cornell University.

“We are not saying if you use a certain product with these ingredients it will cause breast cancer," Snedeker says. "But the science suggests your risk may be reduced if you avoid them." Here are a few ways to play it safe.

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