Everyday items that can contribute to breast cancer

A few
household items and things around us that could potentially trigger breast

Just like
the other parts of the human body, our breasts are also made up of millions of
cells that have a controlled mechanism of cell renewal. Unfortunately, breast
cancer causes this mechanism to spiral out of control and produce excessive
cells that form a tumour. The tumour appears like an irregular lump in the
breast which can be confirmed by a physical examination or, in some cases,
through an x-ray.

cancer accounts for 18% of cancer deaths in the world. Women, as well as men,
can be victims of this type of cancer. Aging, hereditary, personal history of
cancer and excessive oestrogen are the four main causes of breast cancer. 
There are also quite a few triggers in our daily lives that could be making us
vulnerable to this fatal disease – which we may be unaware of. 

Here are
some everyday things that can trigger breast cancer: 

  1. Candles: 

We love
candles for their accentuated soft glows and romantic feel. But the pristine
blue tinted wax is not as safe as you may assume.  The fumes of the
paraffin wax contain carcinogens, which can cause breast cancer. An occasional
romantic candlelight dinner may not cause harm, but ensure that the room has
enough ventilation when used indoors. Avoid using them in enclosed places like
bathrooms and prayer rooms. If you are habituated to burning candles for
relaxation purposes, it should be stopped.

  1. Granite

Yes, you
read that right. This prestigious easy to clean stone has a dark secret.
Granite is known to emit – a radioactive gas that increases the risk of cancer.
The high density gas is colourless and odourless, making it impossible to
detect, but it is highly lethal. 

  1. Vinyl:  

This is a
common household item, which contains a chemical called phthalates. This
chemical is found to be an active breast cancer agent.

  1. Cosmetics

Time and
again, we have been instructed to wash off makeup in order to get rid of it
from our body. But  the chemicals in sunscreen can be found in urine even
three days after use. This shows that not only are these chemicals getting
absorbed, but they are also being stored in the body. Cosmetics contain
carcinogens as well, and the fragrance used in them is also a source of concern
as their formulae is not shared openly by the manufacturers. 

  1. Hair dyes: Use of hair dyes
    is also linked to cancer. Contaminated mascara contains a carcinogen
    called cadmium, which triggers the growth of protein in the body and
    increases breast cancer cells with it.
  2. Birth control pills: Female
    bodies are hard –wired for pregnancies and breast feeding. Having multiple
    pregnancies and subsequent breastfeeding before the age of thirty
    significantly reduces the risks of breast cancer in women. The reverse
    happens with the use of birth pills. They have been implicated in
    increased risk of breast cancer.
  3. Toothpaste:  There has
    been a studied silence on the safety of the ingredients used in
    toothpaste. Triclosan is an antibiotic substance necessary for dental
    hygiene, but it is said to be a breast cancer trigger as well.
  4. Canned foods: The
    convenience of canned food is undisputed.  However, they are not the
    safe option as compared to fresh or frozen foods. The plastic lining with
    Bisphenol A in canned foods causes hormonal imbalances and DNA changes
    that can lead to breast cancer.
  5. Air pollution: Diesel and
    petrol release carbon monoxide and benzene through the car fumes. Benzene
    is a carcinogen. Women exposed to high levels of pollution are at an
    increased risk of breast cancer.
  1. Air fresheners: Just like
    vinyl, air fresheners contain phthalates that can trigger the growth of
    breast cancer cells. In addition, they have chemicals like acetaldehyde
    and  benzaldehyde, which when combined with petroleum based solvents
    and fragrances are a potent concoction for breast cancer.
  2. Alcoholic beverages:You
    might want to think twice before consuming one too many alcoholic
    beverages. The ethanol present in alcohol gets converted to acetaldehyde
    which causes DNA damage and increase in oestrogen levels that cause breast

We seem
to be coming round a full circle. Were the generations before us better off
using natural products on their body, away from the pollution, living in natural
surroundings and eating healthier food? Have we progressed in the real


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