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Developing a Balanced Relationship with Cosmetics for Breast Cancer Prevention

Developing a Balanced Relationship with Cosmetics for Breast Cancer Prevention

The age at which breast cancer is diagnosed is decreasing. Therefore, experts recommend that the starting age for clinical breast examinations should be 30. Liv Hospital Breast Surgery Prof. Dr. Levhi Akın says, "Early diagnosis in breast cancer is only possible through regular check-ups. Furthermore, some research suggests that chemicals found in cosmetic products may trigger cancer development. Chemicals present in certain cosmetic products used by millions of women worldwide and in our country may disrupt hormonal balance by inhibiting or mimicking estrogen and other hormones. Therefore, it is crucial to maintain a cautious relationship with cosmetic products." Prof. Dr. Akın explains what should be considered in breast cancer treatment.

Is There a Connection Between Cosmetics and Breast Cancer?

Research suggests that certain chemicals may contribute to cancer development in humans. Many of these chemicals can disrupt the body's hormonal balance by inhibiting or mimicking estrogen and other hormones. While cosmetics and personal care products are composed of various compounds, chemicals that have been investigated for their association with breast cancer include parabens (commonly used as preservatives in many cosmetic products such as makeup, moisturizers, hair care products, and shaving creams/gels) and phthalates (found in nail polish, hair spray to maintain color and reduce fragility, as well as in the fragrances of many personal care and cleaning products).

What Should Be the Screening Age for Breast Cancer?

The recommended starting age for clinical breast examinations is 30 years old. For those at high risk, the examination should begin at the age of 20. Screening with mammography should start at the age of 40, and it is recommended to have a mammogram every year starting from age 40. If there are strong risk factors such as a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer or a history of radiation therapy to the chest, annual mammograms can start around age 30. Some also recommend that individuals who do not have findings requiring follow-up during mammography screenings should have a mammogram every two years instead of annually.

How Does Lifestyle Affect Breast Cancer, and What Should It Be?

Factors that lifestyle can affect are classified as modifiable risk factors for breast cancer. These include:

  • Excess weight
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Tobacco use
  • Postmenopausal hormone use
  • Use of birth control pills
  • Exposure to nighttime light
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Stress and anxiety

Therefore, the best options for preventing breast cancer include regular self-breast examinations, annual clinical breast examinations, annual mammography, and if necessary, ultrasound screenings; losing excess weight; adopting a suitable and healthy diet; regular exercise; moderate alcohol consumption; abstaining from tobacco use; leading a stress-free, calm life; avoiding postmenopausal hormone use and birth control pill use.

* Liv Hospital Editorial Board has contributed to the publication of this content .
* Contents of this page is for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The content of this page does not include information on medicinal health care at Liv Hospital .
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