Posts Tagged ‘breast cancer’

Ten Ways in Ten Days to Prevent Breast Cancer – Day 1

October 21, 2016

In his best selling book ‘What your doctor may not tell you about breast cancer’, Dr. John R. Lee gets to the bottom of why women get breast cancer and how to prevent it.  According to Dr. Lee, one of the most important risk factors associated with breast cancer is Estrogen Dominance that seems to affect more and more women these days.

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Tests for Oestrogen Dominance:

One Day Oestradiol Progesterone Test

Rhythm Female Hormone Profile

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Breast Health Awareness Month

October 9, 2014

Every October, the media and product companies jump on the bandwagon in promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the world suddenly turns pink.  Although it is good to raise awareness of this all-too-common disease in women (and some men, too), I, and many other practitioners, believe the emphasis should be on breast “health” awareness rather than breast “cancer” awareness.

Cancer rarely develops in healthy breasts, so surely helping women understand what they can do to keep their breasts healthy is the best possible way to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer?  Sadly, this information is hard to find in the media and many of the “pink ribbon” promotion products and services offered by manufacturers and retailers during this month actually increase breast cancer risk!

For example, many cosmetics, toiletries and perfumes contain hormone-disrupting chemicals, similar to oestrogen, which is known to feed cancer cells.  Another example is breast-enhancing lingerie which squashes the breasts, allowing toxins to build up in the lymph ducts, potentially leading to congestion and inflammation, known to be at the root of cancer development. And there are many more examples.

Retailers often use the pink ribbon symbol to market their products in October with the incentive of promising to donate a percentage of the price to a cancer charity.  Although I have nothing against helping charities in this way, many of the charities which receive these donations do little in promoting prevention.  That is why I only support charities like Cancer Active and Breast Cancer UK because they do raise awareness of the potential causes of breast cancer and ways to reduce that risk.

If you want to know more about what increases breast cancer risk, safe ways to check for it, and diet and lifestyle measures to help reduce your risk, you may find my ebook helpful, called How to Keep Your Breasts Healthy.  It contains a wealth of information on breast health in an easy-to-read and concise way.  It is available for only £3 and £1 of that is donated to Breast Cancer UK (of course!).

The book can be purchased here.

Sue Bedford, RGN

Stroll Your Way to Cutting Breast Cancer Risk

November 26, 2013

A study published online in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention reported that just 1 hour of gentle exercise per day can dramatically cut breast cancer risk in women over 50 – the age when they are most at risk.  If you are feeling more energetic,  women who did more vigorous activities got almost double the protection, cutting their risk of breast cancer by a quarter.

Scientists at the American Cancer Society studied 73,615 post-menopausal women, of whom 4,760 were diagnosed with breast cancer during a 17-year follow-up.  Among all women in the group, 47 per cent said walking was their only recreational activity. Of that group, those who walked at least seven hours a week had a 14 per cent lower risk of getting breast cancer compared to those who walked three hours or fewer every week.  The study also found that women who took part in more vigorous exercise for an hour each day had a 25 per cent lower risk of developing the disease than the least active.

Source: http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/22/10/1906.abstract?sid=f73effa8-0c6d-4217-b5d5-0c19a69e6baa

Plant compound found to stop cancer cells in their tracks

May 18, 2011

A University of Missouri researcher has made a discovery about a compound hidden in some fruits and vegetables that can essentially stop certain kinds of breast-cancer cells in their tracks.

Professor Salman Hyder exposed rats with synthetic-hormone-induced breast cancers to a plant compound called apigenin.

The rats that received the apigenin extract developed fewer tumours and had significant delays in the development of tumours, as compared with rats that did not receive the extract.

In order for cancer tumours to grow and spread they need to continually recruit new blood vessels to supply them with a flow of nutrients. In the type of tumour in this study, the cancer cells encourage the growth of new blood vessels within the tumours, which then serve as nutrient pathways feeding and growing the cancer.

What Professor Hyder discovered was that the apigenin blocked the new blood vessels from forming, effectively cutting off the tumours’ food supply. Without the continuous flow of nutrients, the growth of the tumours was stunted…and in some cases even stopped altogether.

In an earlier, unrelated study performed by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, it was found that women who consumed the most apigenin-rich foods had a 28% reduced risk of developing ovarian cancer as compared with women who ate the least of them.

Foods rich in the flavonoid, apigenin, include celery, parsley, apples, tomato sauce, endive, beans, cherries, leeks, onions, tomatoes, grapes, and red wine.

Source:  Apigenin prevents development of medroxyprogesterone acetate-accelerated 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene-induced mammary tumors in Sprague-Dawley rats, Cancer Prevention Research, Published Online First April 19, 2011; doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-10-0382