Educate Yourself

One of the most important things you can do to minimize your risk of cancer is to understand where suspected and known carcinogens are found and to act in ways that will minimize your (and your community’s) exposure to potential and real health threats.

Some simple steps you can achieve right now:

  1. Do Your Research - Read as much as you can on some aspect of protecting the environment that interests you. For instance, if you love to care for your yard, then read about how to care for your yard in an environmentally safe way.
  2. Talk About It - Share what you have learned with family, friends, neighbors… and see what they have discovered as well.
  3. Be An Advocate - Your neighbors’ decisions could affect your family’s health. Watch for pesticide flags on neighbors’ lawns. If they are using toxic pesticides, consider sharing your concerns. The heath risks may not have occurred to them.
  4. Teach Your Children - You are their most significant role model when it comes to preserving the environment. Ask them for their ideas, and offer them a role… most children are quick to come up with good ideas on how to recycle or protect themselves and pets from danger.

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