Increasing numbers of younger American women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during the past eight years. According to American Cancer Society statistics, pre-menopausal women (under age 54) had a 41% increase in invasive breast cancer from 2002 to 2010.
This sharp increase in triple negative, HER2 positive and estrogen/progesterone positive invasive breast cancers probably means that younger women are absorbing higher levels of chemical and animal hormones, hormone disruptors and/or are getting zapped with ionizing radiation while in the womb and/or during their infancy, childhood, teen and/or younger adult years.
Some laboratory tests have shown that bisphenol A or BPA, a chemical hormone disruptor, used to make baby bottles soft and pliable, can leach into the milk when the bottles are heated. Absorbing enough BPA over time can sometimes cause cell mutation, often a first step in the development of breast cancer or other adverse biological changes in infants. Based on these studies, Canada banned the use of BPA in baby bottles beginning in 2011 and the European Union will ban the sale and import of these same bottles in 2011. “Better to be safe than sorry” is the motive behind these new prevention laws.
Unfortunately, the U.S. government has not yet banned the sale of BPA in baby bottles. Just last week, after being pressured by the chemical industry lobby, GOP Senate leaders again refused to allow a vote that would have banned BPA from baby bottles.
What causes breast cancer?
Breast cancer only seems to happen when an individual absorbs a personalized cocktail of radiation, chemical hormones, animal hormones and/or hormone disruptors from a variety of sources, over a period of years. But often, the younger you are when you are hit by any of these toxic events, the stronger their impact.
Not using baby bottles containing BPA is probably one easy, healthy and important way that women can help protect their daughters and granddaughters from developing breast cancer later in their lives.
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For more information on how BPA can harm babies when it is used to make baby bottles, see the Work Group for Safe Markets report, Baby’s Toxic Bottle: Bisphenol A Leaching from Popular Baby Bottles