3. Vinyl – Vinyl is one of the most common items found in a household, mostly in bathroom and shower curtains and flooring. However, vinyl also contains Phthalates, which are used as plastic softeners. As we saw in the case of air fresheners, this chemical ends up accelerating the growth of cancer cells, thus increasing the risks of breast cancer. A great alternative for vinyl curtains is using cotton or hemp curtains.
4. Toilet Deodorizers – You would never suspect something as harmless as a toilet deodorizer, including the ones that you hang in the toilet for fresh smells, to contain Dichlorobenzene, the same chemical found in mothballs. Young girls regularly exposed to this chemical tend to have early periods, sometimes seven months in advance. Early puberty could lead to breast cancer at a later stage in life.
5. Air Pollution – This one is pretty obvious; but many of us don’t stop to think about it. Research has shown that women exposed to high levels of air pollutions are twice as likely to develop breast cancer later in life as compared to women who live in comparatively less polluted areas.