Women have a one-in-eight chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetime, with an approximately 200 000 new cases every year of which some 40 000 will die. And yet, researchers estimate that about 40% of all USA breast cancer cases could be prevented by making lifestyle changes.
What changes can you make?
- one of the first (and many will throw up their hands in horror and disbelief) tips to avoid breast cancer is not to undergo mammograms. It has been suspected in the alternative healthcare community for at least 20 years that repeated and cumulative radiation from mammograms can cause cancer.
According to Dr Mercola: "While roughly 15 percent of women in their 40s detect breast cancer through mammography, many other women experience false positives, anxiety and unnecessary biopsies as a result of the test, according to the data. A full decade ago, a Danish study published in The Lancet concluded that previous research showing a benefit of mammograms was flawed and that widespread mammogram screening is unjustified. According to the Cochrane Collaboration, for every 2,000 women getting mammography screening over the course of 10 years, just ONE woman will have her life prolonged. Meanwhile, 10 healthy women, who would not have been diagnosed with cancer had it not been for the mammography screening, will be misdiagnosed as having breast cancer, and will be treated necessarily
Mammograms expose your body to radiation that can be 1,000 times greater than that from a chest x-ray, which itself poses risks of cancer. Mammography also compresses your breasts tightly (and often painfully). This could lead to a lethal spread of cancerous cells, should they exist. Thermograms are a safer alternative screening tool.
2. Stop smoking.
3. Be careful when using cell phones
– some women have been known to use their bra as a cell phone carrier.
4. Limit alcohol
– just one drink per day every day can increase the risk of breast cancer by 7-10%.
is a high risk lifestyle choice because it alters your hormone metabolism and is a sign of insulin resistance while increasing your risk of breast cancer by 30-50%. In addition if you have high insulin levels at the time of a cancer diagnosis, this will probably mean a worse prognosis.
6. High inflammation
levels are equally dangerous because they prevent the self-destruction of cancer cells. Reduce inflammation naturally by drinking green tea or taking curcumin and ginger. The typical and Standard American Diet (SAD) is highly inflammatory, acting as fertilizer for cancer.
7. The SAD
typically includes processed food, synthetic preservatives, artificial colorings and flavorings, GMOs, factory farm meat and more.
8. Change to a plant food based diet
with plenty of fresh, organic vegetables of which as many as possible should be eaten raw. Limit your intake of red meat, which should be from grass-fed animals, to a maximum of 18 oz per week. Include plenty of fish (from safe, sustainable sources) in your diet along with free range chicken and eggs. Dairy produce should be organic or raw. Eat to feed your cells.
9. Take care of your liver by detoxing
from time to time. One of the ways you can do this is by having a sauna and of course by drinking plenty of pure, filtered water.
10. Vitamin D levels
are paramount. The majority of people are deficient with a 50% higher chance of breast cancer. Increase your levels to 47 nl/mg and higher for reduced risk. This can be achieved through sun exposure to as much flesh as possible for 15 to 30 minutes per day several times a week during the period of 2 hours either side of midday with no sun block and no showering off with soap afterwards. In addition, while you are raising your level and during colder seasons, take 8000 IUs of Vitamin D3 per day.
11. Iodine deficiency
is also common but sufficient levels are necessary to neutralize carcinogens and toxins while removing abnormal cells.
12. A general vitamin deficiency
is often possible because of less nutrients in today's foods even we eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Take a vitamin K supplement (the forgotten vitamin) plus others. Remember that minerals, antioxidants, omega oils, polyphenols/bioflavonoids and vitamins are all needed for healthy breasts.
13. A lack of omega 3 fats.
Two studies from 2002 offer explanations for how omega-3 fats can protect against breast cancer. BRCA1 (breast cancer gene 1) and BRCA2 (breast cancer gene 2) are two tumor suppressor genes that, when functioning normally, help repair DNA damage (a process that also prevents tumor development). Omega-3 fats tend to reduce cancer cell growth while highly processed and toxic omega-6 fats have been found to cause cancer growth.
14. A lack of fiber and probiotics
. We need to include 25 to 35 grams of fiber in our diet every day.
15. An hormone imbalance
can be a problem – know your 2/16 hydroxyestrone ratio.
should be regular. For example a 30 minute walk every day for at least 6 days of the week. Instead of walking, you can swim, rebound, cycle, jog or work out.
17. A good night's sleep
in a darkened room so that your melatonin can kick into action. Melotonin is your night time vitamin. It has been found that blind women have a much lower rate of breast cancer because of melotonin.
18. Limit your sugar intake
to as little as possible. Sugar is food for cancer and poison to your liver. Stevia is a safer option.
19. Breast feeding
is a great way to limit your risk of breast cancer both by having been breastfed yourself as a baby and by breastfeeding your own children for as long as possible.
20. Avoid all toxin exposure in your personal products
whether they be deodorants (aluminium), skin and hair care products (a host of harmful chemicals) or sanitary products (bleach and dioxins). Change to all natural, organic products instead.
21. Avoid the use of plastics and cans in the kitchen, pesticides and harmful cleaning products in the house and garden, and anything else that could be considered toxic in your environment
22. Learn to handle your stress
and avoid emotional upsets.
23. Watching out for excessive iron levels
. This is actually very common once women stop menstruating. The extra iron actually works as a powerful oxidant, increasing free radicals and raising your risk of cancer. Measure your ferritin level and if it is above 80, donate blood which will reduce the amount of iron that you have and lower your cancer risk.
24. Consider how often it is necessary to wear a bra
. The longer you wear a bra, the greater the risk of breast cancer. Exposure to bromine in flame retardants put into the spandex used for bras is one risk while underwire bras is another. Underwire bras restrict the flow of lymph, a substance that helps carry toxins out of the body. When you sweat, you release some of those built up toxins around the lymph by the breast tissue. Bras should not be too tight. The lymphatic circulation is through the mammary glands, and a tight bra cuts off the circulation. If you needs support, change to a cotton sports type bra for a safer alternative or shop around for a design that is less binding. A regular 10 minute breast and nipple massage can also be very beneficial.
on a mini trampoline for as little as 10 minutes per day will also keep your lymph moving.
Embrace your body!
Dr. Christian Northrup from Maine says that you should embrace your body. When a woman honors her own body this acts as a kind of nourishment with physiological benefits. You should be talking to as well as touching and praising your breasts in a positive way no matter their shape, size or imperfections. They are a gift to you that begins in the womb.