Xenoestrogens and Breast Cancer

Xeno means “foreign”, so xenoestrogens are foreign chemicals that are molecularly similar to the estrogens our own body makes. Too much of these chemicals can cause an increase in estrogens, especially one called estrone. Estrone is converted to certain estrogen metabolites that can increase risk of breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancer.

According a study study in the Environmental Health journal, they report that there are about 160 xenoestrogens and women are the largest consumers of cosmetics. 

Where are Xenoestrogens found?


Cosmetics: ingredients such as aluminum salts, parabens, phthalates, triclosan, aloe vera extract, and musk found in makeup, lotions, shampoos, and sunscreen.

Meat, dairy, & eggs: contain hormones which increase estrogens.

Fruits & vegetables: non-organic which contain pesticides (check out EWG for the Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen).

Plastic: water bottles, storage containers, food packaging, toys.

Synthetic Hormones: hormonal contraceptives & hormone replacement therapy (HRT which is molecularly similar to our hormones, not to be confused with BHRT which is derived hormones from plants and is molecularly the same as our hormones).

Check out EWG Skin Deep Database and Think Dirty app to help guide you to nontoxic products for you and your home. Please share this with all your friends and family to bring awareness. Let’s rethink Breast Cancer, Live with Intention and Be Radiant!