October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and before October comes to an end, I wanted to share 4 Steps Mothers & Daughters Can Take to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk.
My girls never met their fraternal grandmother. When my husband was 17, she ended her battle with breast cancer. I also never met my fraternal grandmother as she lost her battle when my father was 11. The thought of losing a mother or a daughter is something that no one wants to happen. I want them to know about our family’s history so that we can make choices now to help reduce the risks later. I want my girls to be aware of the healthy choices that we can make as a family to hopefully reduce the risk.
Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk
It is too soon to say for sure that avoiding certain chemicals or foods lowers the risk of breast cancer. Still, to help protect daughters from developing breast cancer later in life, it is never too early to begin taking steps. BCERP has a number of resources for parents and families on how to reduce risk.
Lately, when it comes to better choices for the environment, my oldest daughter has been sharing choices that she feels are important. With her newfound passion for environmental science, she has been asking if we can try to eliminate plastics. It is reminding me of this letter here: “Dear Mom: It’s me, your daughter.”
The steps listed below are some of the ways you can work together with your daughters to reduce breast cancer risk.
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 (http://bit.ly/BCERPtoolkit) mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.
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This is good information, and nice of you to include the survey. We want to do all we can, it is good to do all these things, no matter.
Mary Gardner says
This is such important information. Thank you for sharing.
ellen beck says
This is a nice thing and good info. ont forget men also can carry the gene, and they can and do develop breast cancer. I love the pics and how you are proactive.
Very good points! We don’t use anything toxic in our house…all products, cleaning and skincare, etc…are safe.
Amber Ludwig says
Wow!! So much fo this I didn’t know!! Especially how to identify the chemicals in the recycling triangles! We try to avoid toxins but unfortunately they are everywhere these days whether we like it or not 🙁
Pat F says
great information and so many people need to know more information about this disease.
Janet W. says
This is great information! Sadly, we all know someone that has been affected by breast cancer.
Julie Wood says
Good information. So important to make sure and stay away from chemicals and make sure to watch what is in your food because there are so many artificial ingredients and junk in a lot of food. I make my own healthy meals.
Kristin C says
Thanks for sharing. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and it’s so important to try to reduce your risks.
Samantha Wagner says
This is wonderful information, thanks for sharing. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, and it’s always good to know how to reduce the risks.
Dandi D says
These are really good to know and healthy tips for everyone to follow!
Thank you for posting this. It is just such important information and we can all help each other.
Anna Pry says
its good to know there are choices we can make to reduce our risk of developing cancer
I lost my Mom from breast cancer. I have a yearly mammogram #giftsforher – for myself. We all make our own choices.
Richard Hicks says
Good info for all. I had an aunt die from this not too long ago
Sarah B says
Interesting read, thank you for sharing. I disagree about the soy though. Most soy is gmo, and is found in everything. Soy also binds with estrogen receptors and may raise your chances for ovarian cancer. (Families with a history of ovarian and breast cancer may carry the brca gene- which you can be tested for.) Additionally, my son is allergic to soy and many other beans. No one in my family or husband’s family is allergic to any foods. I personally think it’s because soy is in everything and I do think it actually raises your risk for developing certain cancers based on my research. So, I hope you can make time to research the negatives about conventional soy. It’s seems organic soy beans as an occasional food may be ok if you are not at risk for ovarian cancer. I hope I didn’t go on too long, but most of my family, and many members of my husband’s family died of cancer and I just felt the need to share.
Sarah B says
I forgot to add #AG to my above comment. For some reason, this is difficult for me to remember.
Kristina Prewitt says
I’m an oncology nurse and I LOVE this post! It is NEVER to early to teach our children healthy habits. The best education is modeling those behaviors for our children! Great post! Thank you! #AG
Jessi Housel says
#giftsforher Knowledge is power. Taking that knowledge to do what is best for your family is so important.
Good to know, definitely spread awareness