Our body is made up thousands of cells that differ in size, shape and
function. Controlled by our DNA, each cell is programmed to perform
certain tasks and after a specified period of time - die. This is
normally done in an orderly manner. However, if our cells are
exposed to carcinogens, viruses or ionizing radiation, for example,
the DNA can become damaged creating havoc with this once orderly
process. Said another way, if the rate of new cell growth in the
body overcomes the rate of cell death, tumors can develop. If these
cells invade and destroy surrounding normal tissues, the abnormal
cell growth is considered to be cancerous.
In the US, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women
between the ages of 30 and 50. Rarely diagnosed before a woman
reaches 25, the number of incidents rises with age, peaking at
menopause and decreasing once menopause had passed. About 182,000
women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and about 40% of
those diagnosed die within 10 years. Scientists believe these
numbers are increasing.
Overwhelming evidence into the cause of breast cancer suggests the
female hormone estrogen plays a central role in this disease.
Studies indicate that estrogen stimulates the cells of the breast to
form cancerous cells. Thus a prolonged uninterrupted presence of
high estrogen levels in the body may predispose a woman to breast
These studies also indicate the less time a woman is exposed to her
own reproductive hormones, the lower her risk of developing breast
cancer is. This includes women who enter menses at a later age as
well as women who enter menopause, both naturally and artificially,
before the age of 45. Pregnancy, breast feeding, physical activity,
a low fat, high fiber diet also helps to reduce the amount of
estrogen flowing through the body.
Additional risk factors for developing breast cancer include a family
history of breast cancer. If your mother, sister or aunt was
diagnosed with breast cancer, it may indicate a genetic
predisposition to this disease. Women who have not had children or
women who did not have their first child until after the age of 30
have been identified as having a two to five times greater risk.
Women who take birth control pill or utilize estrogen replacement
therapy after menopause are also at a greater risk. Other factors
that can increase your chances of getting breast cancer include:
weight, dietary fat intake, alcohol consumption, dietary deficiencies
and certain types of fibrocystic breast disease.
Recommendations For Wellness
Do monthly breast self-examination. If you don't know how, ask
your gynecologist. I'm sure he or she will be happy to show you
how. If you are over 40, it is recommended that you get a mammogram
and begin a regular screening program.
Get rid of your under wire bras. Under wire bras don't cause
breast cancer, however, they do restrict the flow of lymph in the
breast tissue thus allowing toxins and waste products to build up.
If it is possible, have your babies earlier than later. Having your
first child before the age of 30 will help reduce your risk. Breast
feeding your child for 6-8 months will reduce your risk even further.
Think twice before taking birth control pills as a form of
contraception or for menstrual irregularities.
Reduce your fat intake. Studies have shown that women who eat a low-
fat, high fiber diet have lower estrogen levels than women that
Eat soy! Soy has been shown to block the type of estrogen involved
in the formation of breast cancer. Note: If you suffer from
hypothyroidism, soy may reduce thyroid hormone levels.
Nutritional deficiencies weaken the bodies systems. Begin a diet
filled with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, make
sure you take a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure
your body is getting all of the nutrition it needs.
Barley Greens and Nature's Sunshine's Immune Stimulator can
be used to strengthen the body and support the immune system.
Do a liver cleanse! The liver is responsible for breaking down
hormones that have served their function and eliminate them from the
body. Use herbs such as milk thistle, dandelion root, burdock to
keep your liver healthy.
Indole-3 carbinols is found in cruciferous vegetables
(cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts). It has been shown to
reduce the amount of the carcinogenetic forms of estrogen and
increase the good kinds of estrogen in the body.
Essiac Tea is popularly used as an additional supplement to
support the immune system of individuals suffering from cancer.
In preliminary studies paw paw twig extracts have be used to
inhibit the growth of cancer cells. In one study, some breast cancer
patients experienced partial or complete tumor reduction. Talk to
your health care provider before taking this supplement. It should
not be taken with a number of other supplements such as antioxidant
products and Co-Q10. If you have Parkinson's Disease, you
should not take this substance.
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