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10.27.14

Q&A: Anandi Worden, Bay Area Young Survivors

Anandi Worden, a member of Bay Area Young Survivors, spoke with the Breast Cancer Fund about her thoughts on the environmental causes of the disease and the need for prevention. Q: What’s your take on the environmental causes of breast cancer-in particular toxic chemicals and radiation? I think environmental factors are what’s happening and what ... Read more...

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Sue Fenzl

I am a family physician who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41 (I found the lump myself). I was shocked because I am healthy, athletic and breast fed both my babies. I had already started making changes toward more organic food choices and less toxic cleaning products, and I have no family history of breast cancer.

I was naive about the everyday products I was using - personal care products, household cleaners, the plastics, non-stick bakeware, lawn products, and things like VOC's, off-gassing, and BPA... and the list goes on. I have made many changes as a result of being more informed, looking for healthier, non-toxic solutions for everything.

I am finding that friends and patients are in various states of "readiness" to accept that there is a problem with our environment, as it relates to our health, including cancer risk. Generally, people have blind faith that we wouldn't be sold products that could harm us - "they're tested, right?” I will continue to become more informed myself and share my knowledge, encourage others to inform themselves, and act!