Breast cancer strikes more than one-quarter of a million women in the U.S. each year, taking the lives of nearly 40,000 annually.
Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast. Average breast cancer cell growth…
Active Cancer cells Double every 90 Days
Day 1 – 2 cells
1 Year, 16 cells
2 Years, 256 cells
3 Years, 4,096 cells
4 Years, 65,536 cells
5 Years, 1,048,576 cells
6 Years, 16,777,216 cells
7 Years, 268,435,456 cells
8 Years, 4,294,967,296 (4.2 billion) cells
That means that breast cancer has been present for at least 8 years before a lump is detectable by a mammogram.
The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. The longer a woman lives, the greater her chances of developing breast cancer. Breast cancer mostly occurs in women between the ages of 50 and 69. This means that Menopausal women are at the highest risk for cancer. However we now know that hormone therapies like the birth control pill are increasing the cancer risk for younger and younger women.
Women with dense breasts have a 4 to 6 times greater risk of breast cancer compared to women with little or no dense breast tissue. Women who menstruate longer have a higher risk because estrogen levels are higher for a longer time. Estrogen unopposed by adequate progesterone is one of the main reasons for estrogen receptive positive breast cancer.
It then becomes important for every women to consider a prevention program that addresses elevated or fluctuating estrogen and low levels of progesterone.
5 steps to preventing Breast Cancer Include:
- Saliva Test – It’s as easy as 1-2-3 !Test hormones levels annually using saliva testing – a 5 panel test kit evaluates each of the hormones that have been shown to exhibit a hormone imbalance. Test kits can be ordered online from SalivaTesting.com. We are now able to monitor our own hormone levels and appropriately respond to hormones that are out of balance. Test don’t guess when it comes to knowing your hormone levels.
- Eat 40/30/30. The key thing to remember about nutrition is balance. 40% as Carbs 30% as Protein and 30% as good Fats is balanced.
- Supplement with a high level of wisdom with a focus on hormone balance. A supplement progam that has been created to balance hormones can be found at MaxxAlive.com. That program includes:
Fiber Higher intake of dietary fiber is associated with lower circulating estrogen levels.
Researchers from the University of Southern California in LA, the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, and the University of Helsinki in Finland have shown that, higher intake of dietary fiber is associated with lower circulating estrogen levels. We are recommending a fiber intake of 15 grams per meal daily.
Indole 3 Carbinol protects against estrogen-dominant cancers including breast, prostate and cervical.
Vitamin C was also found to be Breast protective. Women consuming more than 210 mg/day had a 57 per cent lower risk of dying from Breast Cancer than women getting less than 110 mg/day.
Vitamin D3 cancer conference-evidence was presented that the risk of breast cancer was reduced by 50% when vitamin D in the blood was at least 52 nanograms per milliliter.
(Evidence of Need for Increasing Dietary Vitamin D in Food. Abstract 4008 – AACR Conference.)
- Exercise at least 30 minutes each day
- Use Bio-identical hormones if your saliva test suggests a deficiency. For instance Restoring the body’s supply of progesterone confers multiple health benefits, including: balancing blood sugar levels, promoting normal sleep, reducing anxiety, stimulating new bone growth as well as opposing estrogen’s cell proliferating ability.
Breast cancer In Men
Men have breast tissue just like women, but their breasts are less developed. However their breast tissue is estrogen sensitive also. It has been found that men at 50 have higher estrogen levels than women at 50!
Breast cancer in men is rare. Less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men. It is estimated that 190 new cases of breast cancer in men will be diagnosed in Canada in 2011, and that 55 men will die from the disease. Men too will benefit with the same 5 steps a women always beginning with a saliva test to determine their hormone levels.
Optimal Breast Health will always include proper evaluation and a diligent prevention program.
I wish everyone hormone health.