We're asking you to make a pledge to #DitchTheJunk, and in doing so reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals which may be linked to breast cancer. 

From the harmful chemicals used in cosmetics and domestic cleaning products to the pesticides and preservatives that can be found in food and drink – many synthetic chemicals have been linked to a range of adverse health effects, including breast cancer.

We’re saying it’s time to DITCH THE JUNK…….

Breast Cancer UK campaigns for the prevention of breast cancer by tackling the environmental and chemical causes of the disease.  We believe people can helpreduce their risk of developing breast cancer by reducing their exposure to harmful chemicals. 

In the UK, 1 in 5 cases of breast cancer is in women under the age of 50.

Modern living has led to an explosion of synthetic chemicals being used which bombard our bodies on a daily basis.  Some of these chemicals are known as endocrine disrupting chemicals or for short EDCs, which can interfere with our hormones in a way that may increase our risk of breast cancer.

A recent study, led by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, showed that it is possible to reduce our body burden of certain toxic chemicals  - in as little as three days, simply by avoiding products known to contain them.  

Lynn Ladbrook, CEO of Breast Cancer UK explains ‘Breast cancer cases continue to rise, and many young women are being diagnosed with the disease.   Could it be that our modern lifestyles and growing exposures to environmental pollutants and synthetic chemicals from conception onwards are making us more vulnerable to diseases like breast cancer?” 

“The ever expanding number of synthetic chemicals found in cosmetics and personal care products is a concern.  Some of these chemicals have been linked to adverse health effects including breast cancer.”

“It’s time we took a precautionary approach and our #DitchTheJunk campaign is about taking simple steps to reduce the number and quantity of synthetic chemicals we use every day to help make our bodies healthier.”

For advice and tips on how you can reduce your exposure to the harmful chemicals found in everyday products read our Reduce Your Risk section, where you will find useful guides you can download for free.

For the science behind breast cancer and its links to harmful chemicals, check out our Science & Research section, where you will find science based fact sheets that explain the what why and how.

To see the work we are doing to prevent breast cancer, read our Policy and Advocacy section, where you will find information on the policy changes we are campaigning for, to help prevent breast cancer before it starts.

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