There is a link between processed meat and breast cancer. Eating bacon, sausage, ham, deli meats, and hot dogs puts you at increased risk. If you've had or have breast cancer, cutting out or cutting down on eating these high fat, processed meats and eat more fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk of breast cancer recurrence. To optimize your diet, I highly recommend adopting a whole food, plant based-diet. If you're not sure where to start, check out the 21 Day Vegan Jumpstart at https://kickstart.pcrm.org/en. It's free and will give you everything you need to start a plant-based diet.
BPA is a chemical that acts like estrogen in the body. Estrogens have been linked to the increased risk of developing breast cancer. BPA is found in many plastic products, food and formula can linings, dental sealants, and on the shiny side of paper cashier receipts (to stabilize the ink). Recently, researchers at Duke University Hospital were among the first to discover that BPA helps the survival of inflammatory breast cancer cells. http://ow.ly/k1j150B48sg. France has banned BPA in food packaging and California lists BPA as being toxic to the female reproductive tract.
Changing to BPA free plastic may not be better. BPA free chemicals BPF, BPS, bisphenol F, bisphenol AP, bisphenol AF, bisphenol Z, bisphenol B are not safe alternatives to BPA. Learn how to Limit your exposure to BPA at http://static.ewg.org/pdf/ewg_bpa_guide.pdf.
Drinking alcohol in any form raises breast cancer risk. This may be a hard pill to swallow but I have to give it to you straight when it comes to staying in breast cancer remission. Alcohol is a recognized carcinogen. It can cause cellular damage that can trigger cancer development. Alcohol influences blood levels of estrogen and other hormones in ways that may make cancer more likely. Higher intake of alcohol increases circulating estrogen levels. The overall estimated association is an approximate 30-50% increase in breast cancer risk from 15-30 grams/day of alcohol consumption (about 1-2 drinks/day) and and by 46% for ≥45 g/day of alcohol use (approximately more than 4 drinks per day). Even in women who drink ≤12.5 g/day (≤1 drink/day) there is a 5% increase in risk of breast cancer compared to non-drinkers. Yes, research shows that drinking alcohol can be beneficial for your heart but if you eat a whole food, plant based diet free of animal foods you will reap the cardiovascular benefits from that. Bottom line - alcohol is toxic! Learn more about the research at -http://ow.ly/mXGZ50ARWxE.
There are many chemicals in your environment that can influence your risk of getting breast cancer. Some of these cause cancer by damaging your DNA – these are known as carcinogens. Others affect your hormone system and are known as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). These can be found in everyday products such as cosmetics, face cream, shampoo & hair products, cleaning sprays and even furniture. Learn more how to reduce your exposure at https://bit.ly/2XeS1Uc..