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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Practice sunscreen safety

Skin cancer is a very real risk, and it’s important to take precautions when spending time in the sun. But some chemicals that act as UV screens (also known as UV filters) in products such as sunscreens, lipstick, and eye makeup are believed to have estrogenic qualities. What’s a concerned consumer to do? Avoid sunscreen and other products containing UV screens such as benzophenone-1, -2, -3, -4; homosalate; octyl methoxycinnamate; and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor. Instead, consider sun protection from companies like Kiss My Face (its paraben-free series) and California Baby. Of course, limit your sun exposure and wearing protective clothing like hats and long sleeves.

Read more about environmental estrogens and breast cancer risk.

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