Yes, breast cancer is increasing both nationwide and worldwide.
The Teams’ friend, Jessica made a choice to not have regular mammograms.
Her rationale is this:
- She claims more than her share of mammograms from ages 40-55
- She nursed her baby for a year
- She does moderately to high intensity exercises almost daily
- She does not drink
- She sleeps 7 hours or 8 per night
- She optimizes her vitamin D levels cutting the risk of breast cancer by 45% (per Dr. Michael Holick, BU)
- She eats healthy fats , low sugar and carbs, and generally enjoys a low glycemic diet.
Is Jessica correct to do without mammograms?
Maybe, except Jessica is between 60-69 years of age.
Research has shown that getting a mammogram during the age range of 60-90, makes a difference.
Jessica has no cancer gene nor any first degree relative with breast cancer.
So except for her previous years of mammogram screenings, she is low risk.
We are thinking that Jessica might opt for a (no radiation) sonogram/ultrasound! But we are not her doctor!
Is Jessica really doing all she can to prevent breast cancer?
She is doing self- exams (which are not so much recommended these days) and having regular pap smears and colon screening—which are linked to lower rates of breast cancer.
[i] Other lifestyle suggestions of cancer preventative steps:
- Don’t have more than 70 grams of protein per day
- Avoid soy products
- Lose excess fat
- Drink organic green juice daily
- Use good quality omega three oil[ii]-increased omega three and decreased omega 6 is inversely associated with breast cancer risk (Modernized Mediterranean Diet)
- Avoid HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
- Don’t char your meats
- Avoid hot plastics that leach BPA chemicals
- Don’t be iodine deficient
- Fast intermittently
- Avoid trans fats, animal fats from CAFO animals
- Lower your stress-avoid major stress in your life if at all possible
- Catch the sleep train- go to bed so that between 12 AM and 1 AM so that you get the restorative sleep that you need.
Common sense and research says that you should avoid smoking and second-hand passive smoke[iii].That you should do 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week
And you should eat a plant based diet.
It is estimated that healthy lifestyle changes can decrease the risk of 25-30% of breast cancers or more!
High risk women with a family history of breast cancer and women who are susceptible at certain life stages such as childhood, adolescence and early adulthood can also lessen their susceptibility with screening programs and eliminating endocrine disruptors-environmental contaminants[v]. The nature of endocrine disruption[vi] is a larger portion of the risk than is heredity (5-27%) according to another study. These disruptors include stress!Chemicals, food residues, occupational hazards, pharmaceuticals,cosmetics, water source, alcohol and smoking. It is concluded that understanding the action of these compounds is critical to preventing their effects on the breast.
And eating organic foods can be beneficial for breast cancer prevention as well. This same study suggests that "statin-lowering drugs may increase the risk of cancer by decreasing anti-tumor defenses..and the statins are toxic to mitochondria, decrease the omega three:six ratio, increase body mass and insulin resistance and diabetes risk and are associated with increases in breast cancer. More evidence to suggest that your doctor must guide the avoidance of certain things and the use of other things for prevention of this disease.
Always check with your doctor to find out the best healthy lifestyle for your own situation regarding breast cancer prevention!
We can choose a healthful lifestyle to prevent breast cancer.
We can choose to win!
[i] The Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet and Its Role in Cancer Treatment June 16, 2013
[iv] Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2015;e66-73. Doi: 10.14694/EdBook_AM.2015.35.e66 Can diet and lifestyle prevent breast cancer: what is the evidence? Harvie M, Mowell A, Evans, DG.
[vi] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23417729Read More