This is a sponsored post.
I can’t tell you how many women I know that have been affected by breast cancer. I’m sure that many of you can say the same. Breast cancer has hit my own family and that of my friends and community members. So when I had the opportunity to work with the Breast Cancer and Environment Research Program (BCERP) this year for a research study – I knew it was an important project to be a small part of – and a crucial message to share.
The BCERP is currently examining the ways in which exposure to certain chemicals and food may influence and change how girl’s bodies mature and impact breast cancer risk.
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 mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.
Over the years, we’ve already implemented so many of these steps – but we can always use a reminder. And I encourage you to share this information with your family, friends and your children’s caregivers. Although I’ve been met with resistance when discussing the harm in the use of plastics with extended family since my children were born – it’s essential to create awareness in simple steps to risk reduction that can make a difference right now. With a nine-year-old daughter (and a son too) – I must do everything in my power to make the best choices for my family. We all want our children to thrive and be healthy – but the environment around a young girl may change the way her body develops. Simple lifestyle choices that are supported by sound research can help protect our girls risk of breast cancer, and it’s never too early to begin taking steps.
Please join me in taking a few minutes to complete this survey to help contribute to the important work that the BCERP team is doing.