Did you know that…?
…Every 13 minutes a woman dies of
…The risk for breast cancer has nearly
tripled since 1940. Now, one in seven
women will be diagnosed with breast
cancer in her lifetime.
…White women are most likely to be
diagnosed with breast cancer, black
women are more likely to die from it.
…Less than 10% of breast cancers are
...60% of people with breast cancer do not
have any of the “known” personal risk
factors. In otherwords, the so-called
known risk factors, like late menopause,
having children late in life, and family
history are present in only 40% of breast
…Federal breast cancer research has
increased dramatically in the last ten
years, but less than 3% of those funds
have gone into investigating the
environmental links to breast cancer.
...Your breasts may contain up to 200
toxic chemicals. Some of these
chemicals are known carcinogens, or
can harm the reproductive system.
BEFORE IT STARTS!
...Non-industrialized countries have lower breast
cancer rates than industrialized countries.
...People who move to industrialized countries from
countries with low rates develop the breast cancer
rates of the industrialized country.
...Estrogen stimulates breast cell growth. Excess
amounts of estrogen are thought to contribute to
breast cancer risk. Some chemicals, such as the
pesticide dieldrin, organochlorines, and certain
plastics additives, act like estrogen in the body.
...Of an estimated 100,000 synthetic chemicals in
commercial use today, more than 90% have never
been tested for their effects on human health.
...Ionizing radiation is a proven cause of breast cancer.
The effect of exposures to low levels of radiation can
build up in the body and do harm. This does not
mean that you should never get another x-ray, but
you should be mindful of your exposure to radiation.