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Carcinogens in our environment

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Why haven't we drilled-down on environmental causes of women's cancer?  I think it's time for us to get onboard with funding research in this arena.

When you see the statistics on younger and younger women being diagnosed with cancer, it makes some sense that the air we breathe, the chemicals sprayed on non-organic fruits and vegetables, and the chemicals that exist in all our household cleaning agents might have more than a little something to do with this problem.

The Avon Foundation funded a study about carcinogens in our lives which cause breast cancer.  The research, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that certain everyday chemicals such as gasoline, flame retardants, cleaning solvents and by-products in drinking water cause breast cancer in lab rats – and likely do the same for women.

I can't imagine working for a company that has been producing chemicals that cause cancer. As usual, it all circles back to greed.  Chemical companies like Dow, Monsanto and the like, turn a blind eye to the effects their chemicals have on the human body.

Who are these people?

And it’s not only these companies, but our government as well.  They could easily ban these carcinogens, but they don't.  Hmm, I wonder why?

Since we can't rely on our government to ban these chemicals, the Silent Spring Institute has put a list together of ways to avoid these breast cancer carcinogens, so we can create an environment in our homes where these chemicals do not exist.

1. Use a ventilation fan while cooking.  Do not burn or char the food you eat.  Charring creates carcinogens.  Do not use pans with non-stick coatings.

2. Do not buy furniture with polyurethane foam.  Do not buy clothing or furniture sprayed with flame retardants.

3. Do not buy stain-resistant carpeting, furniture and fabrics.

4. Find a dry cleaner that does not use PERC (perchloroethylene) or other solvents.

5. Only use solid carbon block to filter water.

6. Rid your cabinet under the sink of everything, and start over.  Buy non-chemical cleaning agents, and don't forget what your mother used before all of these horrible chemical cleaners were available: Vinegar.

7. No Styrofoam.  Use glass as your standard.  

8. Do not stand by the pump while pumping gasoline.  Sit in your car.

I feel that our country has become a 50/50 world.  About 50 percent care about chemicals in our environment and how they affect our health, while the other 50 percent (and executives of the companies that produce harmful chemicals) are only interested in collecting a paycheck.

The moral compass may be beyond repair.

Noreen Fraser is living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She is the Founder and CEO of the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to funding groundbreaking women's cancer research. To stay in touch with Noreen, please 'LIKE' The Noreen Fraser Foundation on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.  Noreen can be contacted via email at noreen@noreenfraserfoundation.org.