Top Causes of Breast Cancer

June 14, 2014

in Ask Dr Lisa, Family Health

The tops causes of breast cancer often go unnoticed. Take a look at the many every day items that may be linked.


Dr. Lisa, it seems so many food and household items have ingredients that are made from harmful chemicals. The more I seem to research toxins in our food and home, the more I am questioning how harmful the things that I buy for my family may be. Can you shed some light on this matter? “~ Tammy

Breast cancer is generational, devastating and heart-wrenching.

We all have lost too many loved ones and can share deeply in the pain of those dear losses. Today, we have made great strides in creating  a global awareness regarding breast cancer which has amazingly resulted in early detection and saving many lives. Incredible strides from huge hearts.

The awareness is not enough for me though.

Here is why.

Prevention is Key


Families are  consuming and buying products that are harmful to humans, animals and the planet at an alarming rate. And in doing so, we are passing down breast cancer causing chemicals from generation to generation. We must shift more of our thinking and our propaganda to PREVENTION.

We can still go walk for breast cancer, but when we  arrive home, we must  be active in preventing breast cancer for our families and future generations to come.

We must seek out and understand where some of the possible causes of breast cancer exist and originate.  In doing so, we can teach PREVENTION to our children. I aim to expand our  awareness by also learning what the top causes of breast cancer are today and how to avoid these causes.

We must ask ourselves this:

Are we teaching our children the tools and strategies on how to prevent breast cancer?

Open your closets, bathroom and kitchen cabinets and food pantries. LOOK. READ LABELS. What are you eating? Are you putting toxic cancer causing products on your body, skin, hair and face? Are you breathing in the  I could get cancer from these fragrances and cleaning products? What do you cook with? What holds your food? What do you drink? Dig deep. Go there.

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Let’s dig in here and take of look at the top leading causes of breast cancer.

Top Causes of Breast Cancer 

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  • 1,3 butadienne:     Outdoor/indoor air pollution & tobacco smokeProduced by petroleum refineries of synthetic rubber products and fungicides.
  • Aromatic Amines:     Tobacco smoke, diesel exhaust, pharmaceuticals, polyurethane foams, dyes, pesticides, grilled meat and fishThere are different forms. PAH stores in the fat tissue of the breast and is estrogen influenced. It affects men as well as women and found primarily in gasoline and car exhaust fumes. HAA have been found in breast milk of healthy moms. This form is associated with DNA addicts within the breast.
  • Benzene:      Tobacco smoke, gas fumes, diesel exhaust& industrial bu. Affects men as well as women and it was estimated that 105 billion lbs were produced globally in 2010
  • Ethylyne Oxide:    Cosmetics & sterilization of surgical instruments. Creates mammary tumors.
  • Organic Solvents:     Computer components, cleaning products, cosmetics & dry cleaning. There are many of these but here are a few: tolerene, methylene clhoride and  trichoretylene are all associated with mammary tumors and accumulate in the fat of breast tissue. They are passed from mother to baby during breastfeeding. Solvents found in industries such as fabricated metal, lumbar, furniture, printing, chemical, textile and clothing create occupational risk for increase breast cancer.
  • PVC (Vinyl Cholride):      Plastic, tobacco smoke, food packaging, medical products, appliances, cars, toys, credit cards & rain wear
  • Alkylphenols:  A   Hair products, spermicides, cleaning products, detergents, indoor air and dust. Hormonal disruption. Chemicals interact with cellular estrogen receptors.
  • BPA (Bisphenol A):    Can cause miscarriages, increase heart disease and known to be linked with breast cancer, prostate cancer, reproductive  hormonal disruption. These have been found to create dysfunction, diabetes, neurological and behavioral disorders. BPAs are the most common chemicals we are exposed to ever day. Found in our food, drinks, cookware, bottles, cans and utensils. Found to be passed in breast milk  also. BPAs can leach from the product such as a food can or plastic container especially when heated and thus, are transferred easily and quickly to human body.
  • rBGH/rBST (Bovine Growth Hormone):     Dairy products. Hormonal disruption. The company Monsato genetically engineered this hormone product that is injected into dairy cows to increase their milk production. This hormone transfers from the cow to the milk and thus, into all dairy products.
  • DDT:    Synthetic pesticide that is banned in many countries, but still used in some for malaria. Therefore, animals and humans eat DDT contaminated food. Hormonal disruption.
  • DES (Dietylstibestrol):    This medication was described from 1938-1971 to pregnant women to prevent miscarriage. The daughters that were exposed prenatal have 2x risk breast cancer. It is no longer prescribed.
  • Dioxins:     In products PVC, PCB s and other chlorinated products. Hormonal disruption. This chemical accumulates in the fat of wildlife and as a result the food chain and food we eat. Found in mother’s breast milk and passed to baby.
  • Infertility Drugs:     Prescribed medication such as clomiphene citrate and gonadotropin that increase the risk of breast cancer.
  • Metals:     Cosmetics, dental fillings paints, batteries, deodorants and manufacturing. The increase accumulation of aluminum, iron, nickel, chromium, zinc, cadmium, mercury, lead, copper, tin and methyl mercury can increase the risk of breast cancer and cause hormonal disruption/endocrine imbalance.
  • Oral Contraceptives:     Prescribed medications that increase the risk of breast cancer.Hormonal disruption. Can create tumors in lobular tissue of breast.
  • Parabens:    Preservatives for food, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics and deodorants.Create endocrine/hormonal imbalance. Absorbed by the skin, digestive tract and blood stream.
  • Pesticides:     Agriculture and household pest control. Alters liver function which allows estrogen levels to increase.Different types. There are many. Triasine Herbicides such as Atrazine was banned in Europe in 2005 but still used in US as of 2010 especially in the corn and sorghum crops. It is found in drinking and ground water.Heptachlor is an insecticide that commonly used for termite control. It is used also for pineapples and dairy crops. Found to accumulate in the fatty tissue of breast.
  • Phthalates:     Plastics, cosmetics, fragrances esp in cosmetics and household cleaners, baby care products, building material, modeling  clay, cars and insecticides. They enter the body by skin, ingestion, inhalation and medical injection. They are found in the air and dust in every day/homes. Also found to pass from mom to baby through placenta and breast milk. These chemicals are commonly found in children upon testing.




Yours in Health and Happiness,






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lilia June 22, 2014

While this is a very personal decision, studies show that breastfeeding for one and a half to two years over one’s lifetime will reduce your risk of breast cancer slightly.

France @ Beyond The Peel June 25, 2014

Love this post. My mom died of breast cancer. Your list is so incredibly eye opening. ALl the things that we surround ourselves with is so toxic and then we wonder why we’re sick.

Dr. Lisa June 26, 2014

Fran, I am so sorry about your mom. It is scary how many “things” are carcinogenic and how we live in a society that continues to make such products. Truly a lack of mindfulness and more about the money (in my opinion). Industrial age has been a blessing in one way, yet catastrophic in another. I hope we start focusing on preventive, responsible and accountable healthcare, otherwise this list will only get bigger! xo Dr. Lisa

Dr. Lisa July 11, 2014

I am glad you will be sharing this post with your friends as many women (and men) need to know what some of the causes are. I think prevention of breast cancer is just as important as awareness and early detection. We must tell as many people as we can about he very things in our lives that cause it. Thank you for you heart in sharing it with your friends. ~ Dr. Lisa

Chara October 15, 2014

THANK YOU for giving attention to this chemical issue. I feel it’s so neglected and needs so much awareness. What we put into the environment and our products **ends up in our bodies!** It’s a tragedy that people don’t know this, and you’re doing a service to spread the information.

Dr. Lisa October 15, 2014

Thank you Chara for your support. You are right, it is a tragedy not understanding what is in our products and environment today. We are exposing ourselves and families to so many carcinogenic chemicals on a daily basis. I get the Pink trend, but we really need a Prevention movement! ~Dr. Lisa

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