But one group, the Breast Cancer Fund, has a different approach.
Since one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s working to shift the conversation from awareness to prevention.
1. Lower your exposure to medical radiation.
Although X-rays and CT scans can give critical information for diagnosing medical problems, exposure to this kind of radiation is the longest and most firmly established environmental cause of breast cancer. Keep a record of your medical radiation exposure and discuss with your medical care team whether or not the tests are necessary and whether there may be alternative tests that don’t use radiation, such as an MRI or ultrasound.
2. Choose hormone-free meat, if you eat meat.
The synthetic growth hormone Zeranol is one of the most widely used chemicals in the U.S. beef industry, even though it’s been banned in the European Union since 1989. It mimics estrogen and studies have shown cancer cells exposed to Zeranol-treated beef show significant increases in cancer growth.