Can Cleaning Products Cause Breast Cancer?
Shocking Results Show Possible Link to Breast Cancer
Julia Brody worked with a team of researchers from Silent Spring Institute to carry out phone interviews. She talked with 787 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and 721 healthy women who had no cancer. Brody said, “Women who reported the highest combined cleaning product use had a doubled risk of breast cancer compared to those with the lowest reported use. Use of air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control were associated with increased risk.” Read the full report here.
What can you do about this? Do a complete overhaul of your home’s cleaning products and personal care products. Here are four steps to help you get started:
1. Replace your general spray cleaner, glass cleaner, countertop cleaner, floor & bathroom cleaners with a natural, nontoxic all-purpose cleaner. You just need one to do all that.
2. Realize that real clean has absolutely no smell at all. Get rid of all the phthalates in your air fresheners and your life and breathe easier! Air fresheners were specifically mentioned in the study as a possible contributing factor to breast cancer.
3. Switch your laundry detergent to a natural, nontoxic one. You want everything that touches your skin (clothes, sheets, towels) to have no fumes to breathe or toxins to enter through your skin pores.
4. Don’t be fooled by companies coming out with “green” products to keep your dollars in their coffers. Unsupported claims by companies are called “greenwash” which means that the company is pretending its products are purer than they actually are. You have to do your homework and choose the best, natural cleaners for your family.
How Breast Cancer Survivors Reflect on the Possible Causes
In summarizing the study, Brody said, “When women are diagnosed with breast cancer, they often think about what happened in the past that might have contributed to the disease. As a result, it may be that women with breast cancer more accurately recall their past product use or even over-estimate it.
Or, it could also be that experience with breast cancer influences beliefs about its causes. For example, women diagnosed with breast cancer are less likely to believe heredity contributes ‘a lot,’ because most are the first in their family to get the disease.” Here’s the full report.
Making a switch to green cleaners is a definite choice that will improve your overall health and the health of your family.
The results aren’t conclusive, but alarm bells are definitely being heard when it comes to the harm toxic cleaners can do to you, including the possibility of breast cancer.
When it comes to healthy Christian living, you want to include a healthy home environment too.
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Disclaimer: As always, remember that I am not a medical professional and this is my opinion only and is not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease. Consult your doctor for all your medical concerns and especially breast cancer concerns.