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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