According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, about 12% (one in eight) women in the United States will develop breast cancer¹. It is also one of the top causes of death among women. With that being said, many have taken an interest in proactive measures to prevent the likelihood of developing the condition, however many have debated the exact cause, thus leaving many with unanswered questions. Realistically, cancer in general has a wide-range of causes that stems from altered DNA mutations that affect the way that cells undergo cell division. When it comes to breast cancer specifically, scientists have identified certain risk factors, but have not been able to pinpoint a precise cause of the disease. However, after some in-depth research, scientists have found that a few environmental factors play a role in the development of breast cancer.
The Environment and Breast Cancer
While many may not realize this, today’s environment plays a huge role in the development of infectious diseases, inflammation, autoimmune disease, and many other chronic conditions. The World Health Organization claimed that more than 12 million people around the world die every year due to unhealthy environments². An unhealthy environment is usually defined as polluted air and water with the addition of chemically concentrated products and food that are widely sold among society. The more that people expose themselves to these toxins, the more likely that they will compromise their immune system. In addition, environmental toxins have the ability to damage DNA, which produces genetic changes and causes the division of unhealthy cells. When these unhealthy cells continuously divide, they form tumors anywhere in the body, however the breast is one of the most common places for them to develop.
Environmental Toxins that Increase Breast Cancer Risks
While it may sound easy, avoiding environmental toxins can be quite difficult once people understand just how many products we use that contain them. This could be a huge reason as to why cancer cases continue to rise despite all of the medical advancements that have been made to extend one’s prognosis. Environmental toxins are prevalent everywhere and are nearly impossible to avoid, however it is possible to reduce exposure to them. But, in order to do so, it’s essential to understand what exactly these toxins are.
These toxins are as follows:
- Tobacco Smoke
- Nickel Compounds
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
How to Avoid Environmental Toxin Exposure
Avoiding exposure to environmental toxins is one of the best ways to prevent breast cancer, however the task may require a change in one’s lifestyle. Obviously, there are a few things that we’re unable to control about today’s environment such as the air pollution that we inhale on a daily basis. However, there are a few chemically concentrated products that we use daily that we’re unaware of that can increase breast cancer risks. For example, many foods that are sold in grocery stores contain preservatives in it to ensure that the food stays fresh for the consumer. Unfortunately, some preservatives are man-made synthetic chemicals that can have adverse reactions if too much is ingested into our system. At LifeWorks, we promote an all-natural, organic diet in order for patients to successfully avoid consuming foods with chemical compounds such as formaldehyde, sulphates, nitrites, pesticides and sodium benzoate. Products that contain heavy metal toxins such as lead, aluminum, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium include cosmetic products, cleaning products, air fresheners, cookware, sunscreen, and plastic. Instead, these things can be replaced with products that contain natural ingredients. If one is unsure of whether or not a product is chemically treated, be sure to check all packaging labels.
Other Ways to Reduce Toxin Exposure
Those who are interested in preventing (breast) cancer risks but may have been exposed to toxicity due to their occupation or surroundings can consider detoxification methods to maintain a clean body. A detoxification (or detox) is the process of eliminating toxin buildup from the body. LifeWorks Wellness Center has a wide range of different detox treatments for patients suffering from all kinds of illnesses. Since environmental toxins are affiliated with various medical issues, it’s important that patients consider some kind of detoxification during their lifetime. Patients that are interested in detox treatments at LifeWorks should consult with a practitioner to discuss their medical background, conditions, medications and other important information prior to receiving a detox program.
Preventing Breast Cancer at LifeWorks Wellness Center
LifeWorks has successfully treated breast cancer patients using natural and noninvasive remedies for 23 years. Additionally, we’re also well known for effective detoxification treatments to help other patients combat diseases such as autoimmune disorders, Lyme disease, bacterial infections, inflammation, cardiovascular disease and other cancer types.
If you or someone that you know have been diagnosed with breast cancer, suffer from environmental toxicity or are interested in seeking alternative treatment methods, please call to schedule an appointment with a LifeWorks cancer specialist/practitioner at 727-466-6789.