10 Strange, New Suspects That Could Cause Breast Cancer

4. Vinyl

The danger: Phthalates, also used to soften plastics, are found in vinyl products and have been linked to hormone disruption, early puberty, and breast cancer.

Safer solution: Use hemp or cotton shower curtains instead of vinyl; opt for sustainable, natural flooring like Forest Stewardship Council hardwood, bamboo, or cork instead of vinyl; and avoid fake leather furnishings and accessories. Scented personal care products also often contain phthalates. Visit Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to rate your current products and to find safer alternatives.

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