Breast cancer is still a dreaded thought to many women. Most women know someone or certainly have heard of someone who has been diagnosed. There are many stories of women who have beaten the disease and, sadly, some who have succumbed. The good news is that research is continuing in trying to find a cure for all cancers including breast cancer. And there are new ways to treat the disease,According to the Center for Disease Control, “Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.” Nearly 200,000 new cases of breast cancer will be reported this year. Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and results in 500,000 deaths every year. The more developed the country, the greater the incidence of breast cancer.
Since 1960, approximately one million women-double the number of Americans (male and female) who died in World Wars I & II, and in the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars combined-have died from breast cancer.
Unfortunately, breast cancer screening and prevention leave something to be desired as mammograms, thermography and self-examinations statistically don’t fare very well. The best way to be safe is to focus on true prevention which can be done safely and effectively. It’s hard to believe that 1/3 of Americans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime and that statistic is rapidly increasing. Risk factors for breast cancer include:
1Conventional hormone replacement therapy
- Birth control pills
- Not having children or having your first child after the age of 35
- Menstrual periods before 12 or menopause after 55
- Hair Dyes
- Underarm Deodorants
- Vitamin D Deficiency
- Radiation exposure
- High-fat diet
- Dense breasts
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Xenohormones – plastics, pesticides, etc.
- Antioxidant deficiencies
- Silicon implants
- High blood pressure medication
According to the world-renowned and brilliant immunologist Dr. Aristo Vojdani, “You and I can be exposed to the same amount of chemicals, and our response will differ, perhaps by a hundred fold. Therefore, carcinogenic agents in the environment are more harmful to certain members of society than others who are similarly exposed, and significant gains in cancer prevention will come only from ensuring that these more vulnerable people are protected. It has been estimated that in the absence of environmental exposure to toxic chemicals, cancer incidence would be reduced by 90%.
Prevention of cancer is the best treatment, avoiding even 20% of cases in the U.S. Would translate into more than 270,000 people spared from the disease.” I hope this illustrates how important it is to avoid products that contain chemicals including skin care, make-up, bathing supplies, dental products, etc. Many people go about their daily lives using toxic chemicals on themselves and in their homes completely unaware of the devastating effects they have on the human body. Visit the Environmental Working Groups Cosmetic database to see the potential toxicity of the products you are using.