Cancer Prevention Tips

According to a new report from the President’s Cancer Panel, environmental toxins play a significant and under-recognized role in cancer, causing “grievous harm” to untold numbers of people.  EWG’s own research has found that children are born “pre-polluted” with nearly 300 industrial chemicals, pesticides and contaminants that have been found to cause cancer in lab studies or in people.

Four of every 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and two of every 10 will die from it. Beyond talking to your doctor about lifestyle changes that are known to make a difference — stopping smoking, reducing drinking, losing weight, exercising and eating right — there are things you can do to reduce your risk.

Here are some simple ways you can reduce your exposure to potentially cancer-causing chemicals (click here to download the PDF):

1. Filter your tap water. Common carcinogens in tap water include arsenic, chromium, and chemical byproducts that form when water is disinfected. A simple carbon tap-mounted filter or pitcher can help reduce the levels of some of these contaminants. If your water is polluted with arsenic or chromium, a reverse osmosis filter will help. Learn about your tap water and home water filters at EWG’s National Tap Water Database.

2. Seal outdoor wooden decks and play sets. Those built before 2005 are likely coated with an arsenic pesticide that can stick to hands and clothing. Learn more from EWG.

3. Cut down on stain and grease-proofing chemicals. “Fluorochemicals” related to Teflon and Scotchgard are used in stain repellents on carpets and couches and in grease-proof coatings for packaged and fast foods. To avoid them, avoid greasy packaged foods and say no to optional stain treatments in the home. Download EWG’s Guide to PFCs.

4. Stay safe in the sun. More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. To protect your skin from the sun’s cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) radiation, seek shade, wear protective clothing and use a safe and effective sunscreen from EWG’s sunscreen database.

There are many more ways that we can all implement safer ways of doing things we do every day and just a few of them are at the

http://www.ewg.org/healthyhometips/cancer_prevention_tips

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Glenda, Thanks for the reminder about all those toxic things that are waiting out there to ambush us. We do all of things on the list, but I didn’t know about decks built before 2005. My husband want to replace it with the polywood stuff. Guess I might have to cave in now.

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  2. Posted by Glenda on July 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    It’s amazing what is out there and in the things we purchase every day – thank you for following my blog…I look forward to more contact as time goes on. I hope you find value in the information!

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