Researchers have identified 17 types of toxic chemicals that can lead to mammary tumours in animals, suggesting that cancer-prevention efforts should include warning women about avoiding exposure to these substances.

The chemicals the researchers identified are found in gasoline, diesel and other vehicle exhaust, flame retardants, stain-resistant textiles, paint removers and disinfection by-products in drinking water.

“Every woman in America has been exposed to chemicals that may increase her risk of getting breast cancer. Unfortunately, the link between toxic chemicals and breast cancer has largely been ignored.”

How to Avoid Exposure to Harmful Chemicals

Reduce exposure to fumes from gasoline. Limit exposure to exhaust from diesel or other fuel combustion, for example, from vehicles or generators. Don’t idle your car. Use electric, instead of gas powered, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and weed whackers.
Use a ventilation fan when you cook and limit consumption of burned or charred food.
Don’t buy furniture with polyurethane foam; or ask for foam not treated with flame retardants. California’s decision to repeal its requirement that foam in furniture be flame-resistant is expected to result in an increased availability of flame retardant-free furniture in the U.S.
Avoid stain-resistant rugs, furniture, and fabrics.
Use a dry cleaner which doesn't use PERC or other solvents; ask for “wet cleaning.”
Buy a solid carbon block drinking water filter.
Reduce exposure to chemicals in house dust by removing shoes at the door, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and cleaning with wet rags and mops

Stain resistant chemicals used in textiles are known as perfluorocarbons (PFC’s).
If you want to try and afford PFC’s in your sportswear, time to ask your favourite brands if they use PFC’s; perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA),  perfluorooctanyl sulphate (PFOS).

Golf Refugees have been calling for transparency on the use of chemicals in your sportswear which is designed to interact with your sweating skin.

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