Check out Breast Cancer UK’s new prevention hub
Chemicals thought to be linked to breast cancer are found in many of our everyday products, from food packaging to reusable plastic tableware and till receipts. Certain hormone disrupting or endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can mimic the natural hormone oestrogen and increase the rate of cell division in the body. The more cells divide the higher the chance of cell mutations occurring, including those associated with breast cancer.
According to Breast Cancer UK, one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but over a quarter of these are thought to be preventable. That’s why the charity has launched a ‘prevention hub’, a free online educational resource to encourage individuals to start their own prevention journey by taking steps now to prevent breast cancer in future. Reducing exposure to harmful chemicals as well as adopting a healthier lifestyle, are key steps the charity recommends the public take, to lower their risk of developing breast cancer.
The Chemical & Environment IGuide on the hub answers key questions on endocrine disruptors including what they are, where they can be found and how they impact human health and the environment. Another great resource is the hub’s quiz and planner which provides tailored information on how to start your prevention journey.
Check out further resources on the hub and learn more about the importance of prevention via videos, interactive guides and fact sheets.
For more info on how to reduce your risk from EDCs in everyday products check out CHEM Trust’s website here.