Chemicals in household products and cosmetics are commonly associated with the risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer is still the most common cancer for women after skin cancer, per the American Cancer Society.
In most cases, the biggest effect on breast cancer is women’s hormones. It has been found to tie into either early menstruation or late menopause, after the age of 55. Family genetics make up a smaller risk percentage for breast cancer than hormones.
Factors that help reduce risk include earlier pregnancies, longer breastfeeding times, and exercise, according to Breastcancer.org. It will help to avoid hormone replacement therapy and avoid or control the number of chemicals your body is exposed to.
The chemicals in many household products increase the risk of breast cancer and other cancers. Many of these chemicals have few or no studies on their health risk factors, but many are well-known carcinogens by themselves.
These cancers happen because the breast acts like a sponge, made up of mostly fat and lymph tissue, and it soaks up the chemicals we breathe, ingest or spread on our skin. Many of these chemicals never leave our body but are stored in our tissues, like our breasts and other organs.
Many of these chemicals are considered “endocrine disruptors” since they look and act like your body’s estrogen hormone. These chemicals are like fuel, for cancer growth, especially in the breast.
7. Phthalate Chemicals
Phthalates are a common ingredient in home air fresheners, cosmetics, and cleaning products. Many people are exposed to these at work in textiles, radiation, use of solvents, dyes, and vehicle exhaust. It is also an ingredient used in nail polish.
“Products to control mold and mildew, like air fresheners, are particularly linked to a higher risk of breast cancer”, says Julia Brody Ph.D., Researcher, and Director of Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Massachusetts.
Parabens are found in many cosmetics and have been found to increase the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers. Studies have shown weak estrogenic-like properties in parabens but generally are considered safe for use in normal amounts of cosmetic use. Some research suggests controlling the amounts of these chemicals, if you use a lot of lotions, sunscreen, soaps, or facial cosmetics, to avoid any increase in cancer risk.