Cancer Causing Chemicals in Everyday Products
The bad guys are out there, you better believe it. There are companies that knowingly manufacture products made with cancer causing chemicals for sale to the public. These companies market their products with pictures of friendly faces, pretty models and even babies — all in an effort to make a buck. These companies are the bad apples that put many reputable, responsible companies in jeopardy. These bad apples cause everyday Americans to distrust big corporations. There are, however, many responsible manufacturers that would never stoop to the level of these bad apples, but how do we as consumers find these responsible corporations?
It's the little things in your life that will hurt you, says a medical professor from Chicago: your shampoo, your cologne, the baby's powder, the stuff on your garden, or on your neighbor's. Maybe even your milk.
Dr. Samuel Epstein, who teaches environmental and occupational medicine at the University of Illinois, says many household products are cancer-causing yet consumers don't get the full message from authorities.
Problem: Cancer causing chemicals are available in products and many people are not even aware that they are purchasing products with carcinogens.
The link between toxic chemicals and breast cancer
The Breast Cancer Fund has a comprehensive report on the link between environmental toxic chemicals and breast cancer. The President's Cancer Panel released a report in April 2010 detailing the link between cancer and toxic exposures including chemicals used in industry, in the military and in medicine. The report states that “the link between exposure and cancer is strong” and ”the risk of cancer increases with more exposure”. Children, the unborn fetus and pregnant women are at greatest risk.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, MD, a medical doctor and medical journalist produced a television series "Toxic America" which reveals the most common chemicals that are linked to a multiplicity of health problems, including many cancers that are prevalent in our daily lives.
Product safety and toxic chemicals
Millions of Americans are living with cancer, and millions more are affected by the devastating toll a cancer diagnosis takes on families, communities and workplaces. To combat this, Greenpeace is working to get signatures on a petition that will be sent to President Obama's Administration which urges them to create a cancer prevention plan that stops the use of cancer-causing chemicals in products used in America every day.
Tips to reduce the risk for breast cancer and other diseases:
- Choose safe cosmetics.
- Eat and live better.
- Protect your family: cook with stainless steel or cast iron, avoid non-stick surfaces and do not cook with plastic in the microwave. Choose BPA-free bottles.
- Create a healthy home: keep pesticides in the home to a minimum, seek out non-toxic cleaning products, avoid chlorine bleach and bleach products.
- Protect yourself and the environment. Stay away from cigarettes, protect yourself from the sun, don't buy clothes that say "dry clean only" and reduce your exposure to Tetrachloroethylene, a harmful chemical commonly used in dry cleaning. Dispose of cadmium batteries properly, buy low-emission vehicles and avoid car exhaust.
Greepeace campaign to stop the use of cancer causing chemicals in everyday products
One American will die from cancer every minute this year. Yet, it is perfectly legal to use known cancer-causing chemicals in everyday products. Join me and tell President Obama to create a cancer prevention plan that stops the use of cancer-causing chemicals in everyday products by clicking the link below…
Make cancer prevention a priority.
Greenpeace will be delivering the signatures to the Obama Administration in May.
What does Greenpeace do?
Greenpeace does not take any money from corporations, industry or government. Greenpeace is powered by people who support their efforts to protect the environment. Greenpeace has a history of protecting the environment and has been for over thirty years. In 1971, motivated by their vision of a green and peaceful world, a small team of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat. These activists, the founders of Greenpeace, believed a few individuals could make a difference.
Green our daily lives
For years, a strong link between toxic chemicals and breast cancer has been documented and it comes as no surprise that many other diseases—such as asthma, certain cancers, learning disabilities, autism, obesity and fertility problems—are not only on the rise, but have been linked to chemicals found in our daily lives. By following these tips, you can minimize your risk to dangerous toxic chemicals that have been found to be cancer causing.
So, even if your busy and not able to screen every product that comes into your house, there are ways that you can minimize your exposure to these carcinogens. There’s still plenty you can do to promote a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle.