October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is the most common form of cancer in women, no matter race or ethnicity. It is the most common cause of death from cancer for Hispanic women, and the second most common cause of cancer death for women of other races. According to the most recent numbers from CDC (Center for Disease Control) in 2014, approximately 237,000 women and 2,000 men in the US were diagnosed with breast cancer. Between 2010 and 2020, the CDC is anticipating the number of new cancer cases in the US to about 24% in men and 21% in women - that means they are looking at an increase of more than 1 million men and 900,000 women per year. Much of this increase is related to obesity.
Breast cancer develops in the breast tissue, with the first signs to show may be a lump, change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple or a red scaly patch of skin. As the disease progresses, there may be bone pain, swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath or yellowing of the skin. Some of the causes include obesity, lack of exercise, alcohol, hormone replacement therapy, ionizing radiation, early onset of menstruation, having children late in life, or no pregnancies, or if breast cancer is in your family history.
The medical treatment for breast cancer has been surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, but the prognosis is an 85% or a five year survival rate.
Prevention is a better choice and there are always many reasons to choose to lose weight as well as to avoid breast cancer. Eat a high-quality natural food diet with olive oil and dark leafy greens every day. Eliminate all processed foods and high sugar items. Include a wide variety of fruits. Studies have shown an increase in risk arising from the consumption of saturated fats, and a decrease in risk from regular consumption of olive and fish oil. Avoid alcohol or heavy consumption of alcohol. Supplements help to boost the healthy diet, as well as cutting down on harmful environmental exposures, including unnecessary hormones. Reduce stress and increase quality sleep. Lifestyle plays such an important part in protection against disease. Studies support this practice and making the changes has made a healthy difference for thousands of men and women.
Sally Warren, PhD Naturopathic Doctor
Metro Integrative Pharmacy
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Breast cancer is on the rise. By taking care of our lifestyle and diet, we can feel better and prevent many diseases. While we can get much of our nutritional needs from a healthy diet, specific high quality vitamins and minerals will assist in our reaching an optimal healthy life. Here at Metro Integrative, the supplement are of the highest quality and often from whole food sources. Making sure your levels of selenium, vitamin D, C and A and an active folate are at the proper levels can help in breast cancer prevention. Avoid low exposures to BPA in plastics, because it has estrogen mimicking properties. Avoid processed foods and sugars and get moving every day. Regular exercise has shown to lower your risk dramatically.
Metro Integrative Pharmacy
This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition. The information in this article is for educational purposes only.