* This post was sponsored but all opinions are my own.
This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and if you’re like me, you’ve been a part of events all month long, from bake sales, fundraisers, walk-a-thons, and school events. But you may be wondering what you can do for those you love and care about. I know that as a mom of two daughters, breast cancer awareness is something that is really important to me. I talk to my girls a LOT about the prevention methods I engage in, from monthly self-exams to a baseline mammogram.
If you’re not sure how to start talking with your daughters, we have some help! Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life. They created a mother-daughter toolkit (http://bit.ly/BCERPtoolkit) mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.
I just LOVE that these are proactive tips that not only reduce our risk of breast cancer, but also help us live healthier overall! Make sure to check out all the tips on the infographic and share with your daughters. I didn’t know that phlalates and BPA had specific numbers in recycling triangles – what an EASY way to know what is and isn’t safe! I also didn’t realize (and my girls didn’t either) that nail polish and deodorant were potential sources of chemicals that can harm us, so we are DEFINITELY checking that out. Anything that we can do (especially as my girls are young and growing) is very important to me. I have great aunts on my mom’s side and a grandmother on my dad’s side that passed away from breast cancer, so learning as much as we can and being as safe as possible is really important to me.
Another way that you can help is to take a few moments of your time to take a breast cancer survey that researchers are doing – it is this type of research that can help our daughters, so please take a few minutes out of your busy day to complete it. You can get to the survey by clicking here!
How has breast cancer affected your family? Did you take the survey? Let us know in the comments!