Pay attention to cosmetics to prevent breast cancer

prof.  Dr.  Levhi AkinBreast cancer incidence is getting smaller. Therefore, experts recommend that the starting age of clinical breast examinations be 30. Liv Hospital Breast Surgeon Prof. Dr. Levhi Akın said, “Early diagnosis of breast cancer is only possible with regular control. In addition, chemicals in some cosmetic products used by millions of women in the world and in our country can disrupt the hormonal balance by inhibiting or imitating estrogen and other hormones in the body. Therefore, it is very important to establish a distant relationship with cosmetic products.” prof. Dr. Akın talked about what should be considered in the treatment of breast cancer.

Is there a cosmetic breast cancer relationship?

Research suggests that certain chemicals may contribute to the development of cancer in humans. Many of these chemicals can disrupt the body’s hormonal balance by inhibiting or mimicking estrogen and other hormones in the body. Although cosmetics and personal care products consist of various compositions, chemicals whose links with breast cancer are investigated; Parabens (make-up, moisturizers, hair care products and shaving creams/gels), which are frequently used as preservatives in many cosmetic products, and phthalates, which are frequently used to keep colors in nail polish, hair spray and reduce brittleness, are also found in the fragrances of many personal care and cleaning products.

What should be the age of control in breast cancer?

It is recommended that the starting age of clinical breast examinations be 30 years old. In those at high risk, the age of onset of examination is 20. The age of screening for mammography should be 40, and mammography should be taken every year, starting from the age of 40. Annual mammograms may begin around age 30 if there are high risk factors for breast or ovarian cancer, such as a strong family history or a past radiation therapy to the chest. There are also those who suggest that people who do not have any findings that require follow-up in mammography scans should have a mammogram every two years instead of every year.

How does lifestyle affect breast cancer, how should it be?

Factors that can be influenced by lifestyle are classified as controllable risk factors for breast cancer. These;

  • overweight
  • improper diet
  • not exercising
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Tobacco use
  • Hormone use after menopause
  • Use of birth control pills
  • exposure to light at night
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Examples are stress and anxiety.

Therefore; regular breast self-examination, annual clinical breast examination, annual mammography and, if necessary, ultrasonography scans, getting rid of excess weight, a suitable and healthy diet, regular exercises, not consuming too much alcohol, absolutely not smoking, establishing a calm life away from stress, not using post-menopausal hormones Preferring contraception methods other than using birth control pills and birth control pills will be the best options to prevent breast cancer.

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