Breast Cancer Awareness Month [Part 1]
By Soleluna Cosmetics, Oct 17 2016 12:53PM
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In 2015, it was estimated that 25,000 women and 220 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer and that 5,000 women and 60 men will die from the disease (CBCF).
In an effort to help the thousands of men and women that are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, Soleluna Cosmetics is offering a limited time THINK PINK skincare set where $2.00 from each set sold will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).
What is Breast Cancer?
Cancer is the result of abnormal cells within our body that lump together to form a mass of tissue called a tumour. When this tumour or cancer growth is located on the breast area, it is called Breast Cancer.There are many factors that play a role in the development of breast cancer, some factors we can control such as diet, exposure to chemicals while others we are unable to control such as genetic mutations.
Over the years, research has played a vital role in improving our knowledge and understanding, of breast cancer while continuing to find ways to reduce of risk of breast cancer. Modern technology, science, earlier detection and better treatments have decreased breast cancer mortality rate by 44% since 1986, breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian women and is the second leading cause of cancer-related death. More research is needed to better understand how risk factors work together to result in cell changes that lead to breast cancer.
Reduce your Risk
Everyday we are exposed to various elements and chemicals that can put our health at risk. Understanding which products to avoid and which products to use can help reduce your risk of disease and cancer.
(A) Personal Care Products and Cosmetics
Synthetic chemicals are commonly found in everyday personal care products such as shampoo, lotions and makeup exposing your pores and hair follicles to potentially dangerous carcinogens. Examples of hormone disrupting synthetic chemicals include phthalates, parabens, triclosan, alkylphenols, “fragrance” or “parfum” and placental extracts.
Limit you chemical exposure by incorporating simple changes to your daily routine:
- Use products with natural ingredients or fewer synthetic chemical ingredients
- Consider making your own cosmetic and personal care products using plant based ingredients. Check out our Workshops page.
- Read the label and avoid products with synthetic chemicals (above)
- Beware of claims that a product is organic or natural: read the label to find out what’s really in it.
(B) Household Products
Some of the products we use to clean and decorate our homes and take care of our yards and gardens include ingredients that are carcinogens and hormone disruptors.
Here’s how changes in your household habits can help to limit your chemical exposure:
- Switch to non-toxic household products: look for products with the EcoLogo or other credible certification of “green” products and services or ask the store about safer products.
- Make your own cleaning products using safer ingredients. This can be an inexpensive and effective alternative to store-bought non-toxic household products. Check out our resources section for links to DIY (do-it-yourself) recipes or folllow up on Facebook to see how to incorporate using essential oils. #100DaysoEOs
- Avoid chlorine bleach and bleach products: look for “processed chlorine free” on the label.