Yesterday was my first day back in class after Winter Break, and as always, I was overwhelmed with information that I wanted to share.
In two of my classes, the topic of breast cancer came up, and this is where I’ll start. I learned that the incidence of breast cancer amongst women under 40 has risen considerably in the last several years, and honestly, I was shocked. Historically, breast cancer affected women over the age of 40 due to factors like genetic mutations or hormonal changes. Why are we seeing a shift like this?
What I learned is that women are exposed to numerous carcinogenic compounds through the use of make-up and other skin care items. In fact, this exposure is considered to be so detrimental, that the European Union Commission has banned the use of carcinogenic compounds in European cosmetics. In addition to unknowingly being exposed to carcinogenic compounds, we are hindering our body’s ability to filter out the offending carcinogens. Many women wear under wire bras which contain metal components that inhibit the drainage of lymph fluid from breast tissue. Lymph drainage is a critical part of our immune health.
In this new year, I challenge you to make wiser decisions as a consumer. Buy cosmetics that have been approved by the European Union Commission. Research the products you use with websites like the Environmental Working Group, which provide information on the health concerns associated with ingredients used in cosmetics. Your purchases (or lack of) send a message to companies that put toxic ingredients in the products we use, use your dollars to make a statement.