Breast Cancer

Breast CancerBreast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women, accounting for 28% of all cancer diagnoses in 2006. By 2015, the number of new breast cancer cases among women is projected to be 22% higher than in 2006.

Due to hormonal changes a woman’s breasts feel swollen, painful or tender at different times in the menstrual cycle. It is common in women aged 35-50, taking hormone replacement therapy to have cyst (fluid-filled sac) in their breasts. These are not a sign of breast cancer and usually require no treatment.

If you are not falling into the above category and find changes in your breast then you need to see your general practitioner for further details.

The main risk factor is gender, getting older, heredity but there are some interesting risk factors apart from the above are:

For further reading  Breast cancer – Better Health Channel

Breast cancer affects many women and in rare cases men. Changes in the breast including lumps, discharge, pain, puckering or anything “not normal” should be reported to a doctor. Treatment options include surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone treatment…

Dr. Don Mallins, a biochemist form Seattle, reported a new method of identifying structural changes in the DNA of breast tissue. When he observed the structural changes in breast tissue from the normal stage to the full blown cancer stage Dr. Mallins concluded that it was oxidative stress as the root cause of damage to the DNA of breast tissue that he had observed, which eventually led to the development of breast cancer. For more info on oxidative stress refer free radical and chronic disease.

Recent research indicate that the chemical preservative used in skincare products to give its shelf life has been found in the lumps removed from breast cancer patients. When we buy the products we do not give attention to the ingredients involved in making the products, we place more attention to the company name, catchy phrases and price. When we apply the product the chemicals (toxins) are absorbed by the skin and passed on to our blood stream and in the long run it creates havoc to our body.

For more information on how to keep our skin healthy from inside out head to Healthy skin

In recent time we had a scare about Multivitamin causing breast cancer. I think this article might help you change the view of supplement and breast cancer

MULTIVITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS UNRELATED TO BREAST CANCER RISK IN LARGE U.S. STUDY

A recent Harvard Medical School study followed more than 37,000 U.S. women for 10 years and found no correlation between multivitamin use and breast cancer risk.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently evaluated possible associations between multivitamin supplements and risk of breast cancer.  At the beginning of the study, 37,920 cancer-free U.S. women aged 45 and older provided detailed information on multivitamin supplement use.  Throughout an average of 10 years of follow-up, 1,171 cases of breast cancer were documented.

The use of multivitamin supplements was not associated with an overall risk of breast cancer in this large study group.  High frequency of use (at least 6 times per week) and duration of supplementation (current use for at least 20 years) were not associated with an increase in risk compared to non-users.

A small reduction in breast cancer risk was seen in multivitamin users who consumed 10 grams/day of alcohol or more. There was also a slight decrease in risk of estrogen receptor negative-progesterone receptor negative breast cancer among multivitamin users.

The researchers stated that there was no overall statistically significant association between multivitamin use and breast cancer, and multivitamins may reduce the risk for women consuming alcohol and in certain estrogen receptor negative cancers.

Source: Ishitani K et al. 2008. Am J Epidemiol 167(10):1197-206.

As discussed in previous posts balance is the key. If you have enough antioxidants to balance the amount of free radicals produced, the body is protected from oxidative stress, and by preventing oxidative stress you can avoid developing cancer.

Antioxidants and their supporting nutrients also optimize your body’s natural repair system and natural immune system. So even if you have started down that road to developing a cancer, your body has the best opportunity to either repair or destroy that mutated cell.

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