How to Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer Naturally
Statistics show that the disease continues to affect a significant proportion of South Africans. In 2013 over 8000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. 1 in 28 South African women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Factors that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer include the following:
- Being female
- Increasing age will increase risk
- A personal history of breast conditions
- A personal history of breast cancer – breast cancer in one breast, can increase risk of developing cancer in the other breast
- A family history of breast cancer. If your mother, sister or daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, at a young age, your risk of breast cancer is increased. The majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
- Inherited genes that increase cancer risk. BRCA1 and BRCA2 – these genes can greatly increase your risk of breast cancer and other cancers
- Radiation exposure – radiation treatments to your chest as a child or young adult, can increase your risk of breast cancer
- Beginning your period before 12 years of age
- Beginning menopause at an older age
- Having your first child at after 40
- Having never been pregnant
- High alcohol consumption – heavy alcohol intake increases estrogen in women
- Obesity – Adipose tissue possesses aromatase, an enzyme that converts androstenedione to estrone and testosterone
Where do all the other estrogens come from?
- Plastic and pesticides
- Estrogen in our drinking water. In countries where there is a high in usage of OC – the rate of breast cancer is high
- Aging, alcohol, and certain drugs impair liver function, and can be a major cause of hormone imbalance in aging women
- Heavy alcohol intake increases estrogen in women. (Hops, beer and wine contain phytoestrogen and alcohol reduces the livers ability to remove it)
- High red meat and high animal fat diet (non-organic contains antibiotics and hormones)
- Animal fat contain estrogens and stimulate cell growth. A high fat diet can increase risk for by 31%
- High consumption of milk if milk contains bovine hormones
- High consumption of refined sugar
- Low fiber diet that leads to constipation
- Unbalanced prostaglandin production – too much PGE2 and too little PGE1 and PGE3
- Aging, alcohol, and certain drugs impair liver function, and can be a major cause of hormone imbalance in aging women. Heavy alcohol intake increases estrogen in women
Menopausal women and estrogen
- Brain: It can help to maintain body temperature, regulate the part of the brain linked to sexual development, and enhance the effects of the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals
- Skin: Estrogens improve the thickness and quality of the skin as well as the collagen content
- Bones: Estrogen helps to preserve bone strength and prevent bone loss
- Liver and heart health: regulates cholesterol production in the liver, helping to protect the heart and arteries
Lifestyle changes that can prevent and reduce recurrence of breast cancer
1. Exercise 3-5 hours per week
Patients that exercise 30 minutes six times a week have a 50% greater chance of survival than patients who do not exercise.
2. Drink 3 cups of green tea or take 300-600mg green tea extract capsules
The benefit is a 31% reduction in recurrence in breast cancer.
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- Green tea can assist in weight loss
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- Assist with metabolic syndrome: reduce glucose and insulin
- Reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol
- Reduce visceral fat
- Reduce nonalcohol fatty liver
3. Dietary guidelines
A healthier diet that consists of less dietary fat, more fibre vegetables and fruit
In a postmenopausal study, it was proven that this group of patients had improved overall survival after breast cancer survival.
Eat at least five vegetables, have a green juice that consist at least of five veggies and eat three fresh fruits daily
A high carotenoid content diet is associated with breast-cancer-free survival and another study found a reduced risk for new breast cancer. Take a variety of antioxidants because they work synergistically as a team. Check your levels with the Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner regularly and keep your levels high.
Eat one daily serving of organic fermented soy foods
It can reduce recurrence of breast cancer with 15-30% and reduce all-cause mortality with 15-30%.
- Avoid sugar
- Balanced free range protein diet and increase healthy fat
- Get enough iodine
- Optimizing your gut flora with probiotics and fermented food
- Avoid genetically modifies foods
- Minimize barbeques on open fires or gas braais
- Drink good quality water
4. Consume less than three alcoholic beverages per week or don’t drink at all
Survivors of breast cancer who consumed 3-4 alcoholic beverages weekly had a 1.3-fold increased risk of recurrence and 1.5-fold increased risk if they were obese.
5. Lose weight, reduce body mass index, reduce body fat and reduce waist to hip ratio to less than or equal to 0.85
A BMI of less than 25 and a waist to hip ratio of 0.85 or less will increase survival rates of breast cancer.
6. Vitamin D –
Vitamin D showed women with vitamin D levels above 60 ng/mL had an 83 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Eat more food like: Herrings, mackerel, salmon, oysters, cottage, cheese, eggs and sunshine.
7. Omega–3 fats –
EPA and DHA supplementation can reduce breast cancer with 32 percent
8. Toxins –
High Priority Chemicals to Avoid for Breast Cancer Prevention
|Flame retardants: Flame retardant products, polyester resins, plastic polymers, and rigid polyurethane foams||Acrylamide: Diet (especially starchy foods, such as French fries, cooked at high temperatures), tobacco smoke, and polyacrylamide gels in consumer products, such as diapers|
|Aromatic amines: Polyurethane, pesticides, Azo dyes, and many other products||Benzene: Gasoline (riding in a car, pumping gasoline, and storing gasoline in a basement or attached garage), tobacco smoke, adhesive removers, paints, sealants, finishers, and engine fuel and oils|
|Halogenated organic solvents: Dry cleaning, hair spray propellant, soil fumigants, food processing, gasoline additives, and paint and spot removers||Ethylene (EtO) and propylene oxide (PO): EtO is a gas used to sterilize medical equipment, food and spices, clothing, and musical instruments. Also found in tobacco smoke and auto exhaust. PO is a sterilant and fumigant. Also found in automotive and paint products|
|1,3-Butadiene: Cigarette smoke, automobile exhaust, gasoline fumes, and emissions from industrial facilities||Heterocyclic amines: Meat cooked at high temperatures, and tobacco smoke|
|Endogenous and pharmaceutical hormones and other endocrine disrupting chemicals: Estrogens, progesterone, and DES, along with other hormones||Non-hormonal pharmaceuticals that have hormonal activity: These include four chemotherapeutic agents, two veterinary drugs possibly present in food, the diuretic furosemide, the anti-fungal griseofulvin, and several anti-infective agents|
|MX: One of hundreds of genotoxic by-products of drinking water disinfection||Perfluorooctanoic acid PFOA: Non-stick and stain-resistant coatings on rugs, furniture, clothes and cookware; fire-fighting applications, cosmetics, lubricants, paints, and adhesives|
|Nitro-PAHs: Air pollution, primarily from diesel exhaust||PAHs: Tobacco smoke, air pollution, and charred foods|
|Ochratoxin A (a naturally occurring mycotoxin): Contaminated grain, nuts, and pork products||Styrene: Food that has been in contact with polystyrene; consumer products and building materials, including polystyrene, carpets, adhesives, hobby and craft supplies, and home maintenance products|
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9. Xenoestrogens to be avoided
10. Breastfeeding at least up to 6 months
11. Underwire brass not to be worn
12. Avoid or manage EMF`s
Avoid or manage your exposure and protect yourself from radiation produced by cell phones, towers, base stations, and Wi-Fi stations, as well as minimizing your exposure from radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms. Electric blankets can be particularly troublesome and can also increase your cancer risk. Use EMF protectors where ever you can.
13. Sleep between 7-8 hours
Not sleeping enough will reduce your melatonin production which is strong anti-cancer.
14. Stress management
Diagnosing breast cancer
Tests and procedures used to diagnose breast cancer include:
- Breast exam. Your doctor will check both of your breasts and lymph nodes in your armpit, feeling for any lumps or other abnormalities.
- A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms are commonly used to screen for breast cancer. If an abnormality is detected on a screening mammogram, your doctor may recommend a diagnostic mammogram to further evaluate that abnormality.
- Breast ultrasound. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of structures deep within the body. Ultrasound may be used to determine whether a new breast lump is a solid mass or a fluid-filled cyst.
- Removing a sample of breast cells for testing (biopsy). A biopsy is the only definitive way to make a diagnosis of breast cancer. During a biopsy, your doctor uses a specialized needle device guided by X-ray or another imaging test to extract a core of tissue from the suspicious area. Often, a small metal marker is left at the site within your breast so the area can be easily identified on future imaging tests.
Biopsy samples are sent to a laboratory for analysis where experts determine whether the cells are cancerous. A biopsy sample is also analysed to determine the type of cells involved in the breast cancer, the aggressiveness (grade) of the cancer, and whether the cancer cells have hormone receptors or other receptors that may influence your treatment options.
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRI machine uses a magnet and radio waves to create pictures of the interior of your breast. Before a breast MRI, you receive an injection of dye. Unlike other types of imaging tests, an MRI doesn’t use radiation to create the images.
- Blood tests
|CA 15.3: used to find breast and ovarian cancers||TRU-QUANT and
CA 27.29: may mean that breast cancer is present
|CA125: may signal ovarian cancer, ovarian cancer recurrence, and breast cancer recurrence|
|Vitamin D||60-80 ng/mL||Suggested levels|
I honour all the women who survived breast cancer. Please make your friends aware of the preventative lifestyle advice by sharing this article so that we can reduce breast cancer recurrence worldwide. Western medicine has conquered estrogen driven breast cancer and has a survival rate of 91% for the last 10 years. Get checked annually please.
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