What's Getting Into You?

Did you know … a common sunscreen ingredient may actually be increasing your risk of getting breast cancer? Some U.S. beauty products contain chemicals banned in Europe because of their links to cancer? Teen girls may be risking their health and fertility with their cosmetic choices?

Watch these short videos to learn about epigenetics - how our environment affects our genes, now and for generations - as well as how our race, the food we eat and common chemicals may be increasing our risk for cancer. Also, to learn more about these topics:


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Jennifer R. Garreau, M.D., is a Legacy Cancer Institute surgical oncologist specializing in breast and skin cancers. Dr. Garreau has earned awards for her research in melanoma and breast cancer. She seeks to improve the lives of people with these cancers and works in health education and cancer prevention. In this series of short videos, she explains the science of epigenetics, or how our personal environments influence our genes, as well as how chemicals commonly found in our food, cosmetics and personal care products may increase our risk of breast and other cancers.

To help you ensure the personal care and household products you use are safe, and to learn about improving your environment, check out these resources:

The Environmental Working Group
The nation’s leading environmental watchdog looks at products we use and checks them for the safety of their ingredients. Learn how to make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment. Website includes “Skin Deep” Guide to Cosmetics, Guide to Healthy Cleaning, and Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

University of California—Berkeley’s Good Guide
Find safe, healthy, green & ethical products based on scientific ratings.

Skin Cancer Foundation
Learn simple ways to protect you and your family from the sun. Includes information about tanning beds, and many other useful tips.

City of Portland’s information about radon 
Read about radon and how to protect yourself and your family.

Multnomah County---Healthy Environments 
Get tips and information on programs and activities in your community.

Student-led awareness and action programs 
These programs promote education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices.