7 Things Every Mother Needs to Tell Her Daughter About Breast Cancer Prevention

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By Marnie Clark

Benjamin Franklin’s old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is never more appropriate than when it comes to breast cancer prevention. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, at least 33 percent of breast cancer is preventable. Many natural health practitioners suspect that percentage is actually much higher. By simply adopting healthy lifestyle practices, it is estimated that you can bring that breast cancer prevention figure closer to 50 percent.

It is crucial to learn the things that can put women at higher risk for breast cancer. Not only do you want to avoid these risk factors, but also teach your daughters (and sisters and friends) about them. As a breast cancer coach, I always discuss these important breast cancer prevention tips with my clients.

7 Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention

  1. Better Nutrition Comes from Whole Foods and Organic Foods

A healthy diet that provides good nutrition is the foundation of having good health. It is critical to teach our children how to eat wholesome nutritious foods and avoid packaged, processed foods. The goal is to avoid or minimize sugar, and to get back to the basics of wonderfully prepared natural and organic whole foods including vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, and high quality free-range animal foods. Our bodies were designed to operate optimally on a whole foods diet (not a processed foods diet) and certainly not on chicken nuggets, soft drinks, and French fries.

The need for everyone to eat organic produce is at an all-time high due to our fruits and vegetables being so highly sprayed with cancer-causing pesticides. Many foods are genetically modified and it is becoming increasingly clear that GMOs are not safe for us to consume. In addition, soil depletion is occurring, which yields crops that are lower in nutrients than what was being produced just a few decades ago.

Organically grown animal foods are also a much better choice because conventionally raised animals are being pumped full of hormones and antibiotics that are increasing the incidence of breast cancer. These factory farmed animals also eat a diet that is unnaturally high in foods (corn and soy) that promote inflammation (high in omega-6 fats) when we consume them. Choosing organic produce and animal foods (preferably pasture-raised because these animals are, for the most part, eating what nature intended them to eat and will be much lower in omega-6 fats) not only decreases your cancer risk, it is also much better for the planet.

  1. Avoid Toxic Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

Toxic chemicals are now present in just about everything we use in our homes and on our bodies, from dish washing liquid to eye shadow. These chemicals (and there are about 70,000 of them) are known hormone disrupters.

In addition to being toxic and carcinogenic, these substances can increase the estrogen load in the body over time and are difficult to detoxify through the liver. Called “xenoestrogens” (foreign estrogens), they mimic our body’s own estrogen and can alter hormone activity. Growing evidence implicates xenoestrogens in a wide range of human health problems, including breast cancer.

The easy solution is to use non-toxic or organic personal care products and cosmetics. It is important to know that the word “natural” on the label means almost nothing because the product can still contain toxic chemicals. It is best to look for organic certification on the label and to know what ingredients to watch out for. What goes on your skin gets in your bloodstream so it’s important to be proactive about this and to minimize toxic chemicals. What’s in your bloodstream can easily circulate throughout your body and into cells that create your hormones and organs.

Personally, I scrutinize every single thing I put on my body and I suggest you do as well. From nail polish (don’t use it) to hair spray to mascara. A good source of information to determine the relative safety (or dangers) of ingredients in personal care products and cosmetics is the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.

  1. Move Your Body

The American Cancer Society estimates that half of all cancer deaths could be avoided by practicing healthy lifestyle habits such as simple exercise. Recent research tells us that obesity, especially in the middle-adult years, increases the risk of breast cancer.

It is important to teach your daughter an active lifestyle and it is best to lead by example. Take her hiking, skating, for long walks in parks, have her participate in sports, ballet, dancing. Whatever gets her moving and enjoying physical activity! Also, tell her why it is so important.

  1. Keep Your Cell Phone Away from Your Body and Out of Your Bra

Studies have determined that heavy use of cell phones increases the chance for brain tumors. Children are more vulnerable to electromagnetic frequencies because they have thinner skull bones and smaller heads. Their brain tissue also has a higher conductivity and this puts them at a higher risk.

Although there does not at present appear to be any studies which link breast cancer risk with cell phone use, I have seen too many women use their bras to hold their cell phones. As a cancer coach, I know of several women who tucked their cell phones into their bras and later developed breast cancer in that breast.

A doctor at an alternative cancer clinic being interviewed stated that three women under his care at that time for breast cancer had very often placed their cell phones either under the bra strap or in their bra and developed a tumor in that exact location! We may not know for sure that cell phones cause breast cancer, but it is relatively simple to put your cell phone elsewhere, away from your body.

  1. Use Meditation or Other Relaxation Techniques

It has long been known that prolonged periods of unmanaged stress can lead to diseases such as cancer. Nearly every one of my coaching clients tells me that they were under an extraordinary load of stress in the lead-up to their breast cancer diagnosis. Doctors tend to refute this, but science is starting to catch up and understand how cortisol, the main hormone that is released during periods of stress, can lead to disease such as breast cancer.

One of the best things you can teach your daughter is meditation. Children who learn how to meditate and relax deal more effectively with stress. They also learn how to live in the moment more often, how to distance themselves from stress and anxiety, and how to settle their minds, thus reducing cortisol levels and so much more. Again, this is about you leading by example because if your daughter still lives at home with you, she may be less likely to do this if she doesn’t see you doing it. If you don’t know how, perhaps you can learn and meditate together.

  1. Don’t Smoke and Don’t Drink Alcohol (or Keep it to a Minimum)

You’ve heard this before and it’s so important that it bears repeating. Both smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol puts you at a higher risk for breast cancer, other cancers, and heart disease. Smoking has been linked with increased cancer risk, especially if someone smokes regularly before their first child. If you or your daughter smokes and has trouble quitting, switch to American Spirit additive-free cigarettes. Even better and cheaper is to roll your own with non-toxic paper using organic tobacco. Even getting away from commercial cigarette brands is a huge step in the right direction.

Studies on alcohol have shown that compared with non-drinkers, people that have one alcoholic drink per day have a small increase in risk. However those who have two to five drinks daily increase their breast cancer risk by one-and-a-half times over those who do not drink alcohol.

  1. Avoid Birth Control Pills

Most doctors, after writing a prescription for birth control pills, likely don’t tell their patients, “you are increasing your risk of cancer”. Oral contraceptives increase a woman’s risk of certain cancers. In particular, cancers of the breast, cervix, and liver, says the National Cancer Institute’s own website. A recent study done with African American women revealed that oral contraceptive use increased the risk of estrogen-receptor positive, estrogen-receptor negative, and triple negative breast cancers. The risk declined after a woman stopped using oral contraceptives, but was still a causative factor for estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer for up to 15-19 years after stopping, and even longer for estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer.

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Teaching Breast Cancer Prevention by Example

Simply understanding the factors that puts women at a higher risk for breast cancer is not enough. It’s critical for you to live by example and if you don’t know, then learn the breast cancer signs for yourself and teach them to your daughter. Encourage your daughter to be proactive with her health and not expect her doctor to take care of her because they either can’t or won’t.

Each one of us has our own responsibility to be properly informed about breast cancer prevention and websites such as The Truth About Cancer will give you trustworthy and accurate information you can follow. It’s now up to you to take  the necessary steps… both for your sake and for the women you love.

To read article on the Truth About Cancer Website, please click here.

Health Education Workshop Series

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February is National Caner Prevention Month and Heart Disease Awareness Month

Join us…

Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

  • I Will Survive, Inc.

    5879 New Peachtree Rd. Suite D, Atlanta, GA (edit map)

    IWS presents the 2017 Health Workshop Series – Free with RSVP required to ensure we have enough gift bags, prizes, seats, and food.

    We just ask for a small donation of any amount you can do. Thank you for your support.

     

    Our topics cover loving self, breast health, stress relief, financial health, healthy relationships, health and beauty, health and fitness, and eating healthy.

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    We also have survivor outings free of charge to survivors in our programs.

    Find out more about us at http://www.IWillSurviveInc.org
    Email contact@iwillsurviveinc.org to sponsor our series or an outing.

    Thank you for supporting the survivors in our programs and their families. As a community, we can make a difference.

The Breast Cancer Fund Wants You To Think Dirty…

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For Immediate Release September 30, 2013

The Breast Cancer Fund Wants You To Think Dirty Next Time You Buy Shampoos and Lipsticks.

TORONTO – Today, Toronto-based startup Think DirtyTM and San Francisco nonprofit the Breast Cancer Fund announce an exclusive strategic alliance with the common goal of bringing transparency to ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. By harnessing the power of mobile technology, the Breast Cancer Fund and Think Dirty will be working together to raise money for eorts that educate and empower consumers to make healthier choices when choosing cosmetics and personal care products.

Think Dirty Founder and CEO Lily Tse and Breast Cancer Fund President and CEO Jeanne Rizzo will be working together with their teams in support of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and other initiatives in which consumers can use the Think Dirty mobile app to scan product labels and raise funds.

Rizzo says, “It only makes sense to empower consumers with technology to make them more aware of the ingredients in their cosmetics and personal care products. We’ve seen it time and time again: personal actions can spur major market change. Think Dirty is more than an app, it’s a movement, and we’re excited to move forward with the Think Dirty team to make it happen.”

Tse, a seasoned Art Director formerly worked on marketing campaigns for major international brands saw the opportunity to increase transparency in cosmetic and personal care industry when she had diculties understanding most cosmetics and personal care labels.

“Three years ago, I was moved by a short animation produced by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. I had the ‘Aha!’ moment when the story resonated with my personal experience of not able to understand cosmetics labels. Then I realized there’s a need for a tool like Think Dirty. Fast track 3 years later, partnering with the Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign is a dream comes true. They inspired me to take daily actions to shop for my health and the environment. I am thrilled and honoured to have the Breast Cancer Fund and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics joined Think Dirty as charity partners. We’re looking forward to a fruitful year of making cosmetics safer for all of us.”

The Think Dirty app makes reading product labels simple, easy, and fun. The app also helps consumers understand what ingredients and symbols on product packaging mean. Products are rated by the Dirty MeterTM, a rating system based on third party non-profit science, environmental organizations, and government agencies including Health Canada Hotlist, European Union Health Commission Cosmetics Directive, the Breast Cancer Fund, David Suzuki Foundation and National Cancer Institute. As exclusive

charity partner, the Breast Cancer Fund will also be receiving support from Think Dirty in engaging brands and companies to join the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Business Network.

Janet Nudelman, program and policy director at the Breast Cancer Fund and co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, said,

The Think Dirty app is available for download on the Apple App Store.

To join the clean beauty conversation follow Think Dirty and the Breast Cancer Fund on Twitter: @thinkdirty and @breastcancerfnd.

About Think Dirty

Think Dirty is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. It’s an independent source that allows consumers to compare products as they shop. By scanning the product barcode, the Think Dirty app provides easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and cleaner options.Think Dirty is also the winner of the 2012 Digifest of It’s Start Competition and part of the George Brown Digital Gaming Incubator.

URL: thinkdirtyapp.com Facebook: facebook.com/thinkdirtyshopclean Twitter: @thinkdirty

About the Breast Cancer Fund

Founded in 1992, the San Francisco based Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. The Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a broad-based coalition working to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.

URL: breastcancerfund.org Facebook: facebook.com/breastcancerfund Twitter: @breastcancerfnd Media Contact:

For Think Dirty:

Adele Chan, Blank Communications E: adele@blankcommunications.com T: 604-505-4426

For Breast Cancer Fund:

Shannon Coughlin, Breast Cancer Fund, Director of Communications
E: scoughlin@breastcancerfund.org
T: 415-321-2903

Original: https://www.thinkdirtyapp.com/pdf/ThinkDirty_BCF_PressRelease_Sept30.pdf

“Survivor Swag Bag”

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20160526_132515_HDR_resized (1)Over the past few months, I’ve focused on a myriad of things and oftentimes, find myself being who I once was…stressed and over committed.  It’s so easy to put everything ahead of ourselves, but honestly doing this depletes us and what I’ve found is the best way to take care of my loved ones is to start by taking care of me.  When we are whole, we are able to give so much more to those who need us.

A few months back I posted about what was in my Chemo Swag Bag, so it was only fitting to post about my “Survivor Swag Bag.”  Unlike my Chemo Swag Bag, which was filled with tangible items to endure the long hours at chemo, my Survivor Swag Bag isn’t really something that I can haul around but the “contents” are spilling over with the things to simply “take care…

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“Turning Down the Volume”

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There are two types of advice.  There’s the bad advice I should NEVER have listened to like when the artist at the MAC counter highly suggested penciling in my eyebrows for dramatic effect.  In all honesty, I’ve seen clowns and drag queens with better faux brows, not to mention the makeover made my 4-year old daughter grimace with understandable fear in her eyes. It was not a good look ladies!  When the realization sets in I’ve succumbed to bad advice, “Cookie Fierce”, my cancer fighting alter ego wants to fire back with a snarky ‘If I want your advice, I’ll give it to you!’.

The second type of advice is good advice.   Five years ago I was fortunate to meet a wise woman who imparted some sage wisdom upon me when it came to ordering the important things in life.  She gave me a list that read:…

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How These Teens are Killin’ It by Raising Awareness of Breast Cancer in Black Women

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Rockin’ all pink everything all month long and buying up all the products that support breast cancer awareness is one way to help the cause. But, if you think that’s all you can do as a teen, keep reading and let us help you find out what’s really good:

It’s called Teens 4 Pink and it’s a new program that was launched in 2014 by breast cancer survivor, Karen Eubanks Jackson and her organization, Sisters Network, Inc. (the only national African –American breast cancer survivorship association). It’s goal? To educate and empower Black teen girls about breast health and early detection.

One example of how these girls give back is by assembling what they call “compassion baskets” for breast cancer survivors.  “I really enjoyed this project because I know the survivors will enjoy all the nice beauty products and supplies we included … to help them feel better and beautiful…

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WHOLESOME WAVE NATIONAL HITS $1,000,000 MARK!

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WHOLESOME WAVE NATIONAL HITS $1,000,000 MARK!

We’ve hit a lot of milestones in the last nine years. Here’s a nice new one: one million dollars.

That’s how much our Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Program partners have already distributed in SNAP and nutrition incentives just since the start of the year. This million-dollar milestone represents the magnitude of the investment SNAP shoppers are making in healthy, local produce, in communities throughout the country. And these dollars don’t just buy local food – they end up in the hands of nearby growers, and then radiate out through the community, bolstering the economy and improving public health.

Reaching $1M also clocks the growing success of our FINI projects. Just 8 months into the year, their SNAP and incentive totals have surpassed totals for the entirety of 2015, and are at 84% of our total projections for 2016. With four months still left in the year, we’ll likely exceed those projections. Through this data we also see the demonstrated value of coming together across cities and states to support food access. Network member Wholesome Wave Georgia, which convenes farmers markets across that southern state, are blowing it out of the water. Just since January 1, shoppers at their markets have redeemed well over $100,000 in SNAP and nutrition incentives. Even in the smallest state, longtime partner Farm Fresh Rhode Island has seen over $70,000 in fruit and vegetable sales in 2016 alone. And even single-site programs are shining. For example, SNAP consumers at Fondy Farmers Market in Milwaukee have bought over $40,000 of produce this year.

The most substantial peak of 2016 occurred during National Farmers Market Week, in the first week of August, when we saw a $58,000 increase in sales over the previous week. That’s good news for shoppers, farmers and the hard-working folks behind these programs. But we’re not going to rest on these laurels—far from it. These numbers are a tiny slice of the national need. We’re just getting started.

By: Fiona McBride

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