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20 Cancer Prevention Tips for All Ages

The following cancer prevention tips are based on the 2010 President's Cancer Panel Report which focused on environmental exposures to known & suspected carcinogens. (toxic chemicals & radiation) The comprehensive report provided the following statement & advice to the public:
"Individuals can take important steps in their own lives to reduce their exposure to environmental elements that increase risk for cancer and other diseases. And collectively, individual small actions can drastically reduce the number and levels of environmental contaminants."
The Panel's first recommendation is critical for all children, from pre-birth on.

1) Minimize children's exposure to toxics; pre-parents should avoid exposure to toxics before baby's conception

* The Environmental Working Group has lots of "Healthy Home" & "Healthy Pregnancy" tips that can help protect your family.

* Cancer prevention expert Dr. Samuel Epstien's latest book is titled & devoted to "Avoidable Causes of Childhood Cancer" (preview on Amazon)

2)  Avoid materials treated with flame retardants and/or stain protectors; they endanger your family's health & the health of firefighters & first responders

3 Remove shoes outside

4 Wash work laundry separate from family laundry

5 Filter your water --> Learn more

6 Use phthalate & BPA-free water bottle 
---> Learn more

7 Never microwave plastic, transfer frozen meals to glass
Choose safer plastics ---> Learn more

8 Chooses organic & free-range foods 
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9 Reduce/avoid grilled & well-done meats 
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10 Choose safe household cleaners 
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11 Choose safe cosmetics & body care products 
--> Learn more here & here

12 Properly dispose of toxic materials 
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13 Avoid using yard & garden pesticides & fertilizers
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14 Reduce energy consumption by turning off lights & unplugging devices when not in use (this helps reduce pollution from energy production which increases many cancer risks)

15 Use public transportation, walk or ride a bike

-16 Quit smoking

17 Text instead of calling, use a headset, keep calls short 
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18 Check your home for radon 
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19 Reduce/avoid exposure to medical radiation, especially children
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20 Avoid tanning beds & over-exposure to sunlight 
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-BONUS TIP Get involved! The Panel said this:

Each person can become an active voice in his or her community. To a greater extent than many realize, individuals have the power to affect public policy by letting policymakers know that they strongly support environmental cancer research and measures that will reduce or remove from the environment toxics that are known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Individuals also can influence industry by selecting non-toxic products and, where these do not exist, communicating with manufacturers and trade organizations about their desire for safer products.

* Note: Links to further information are provided by page owner, not the Panel.

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