Breast Cancer Risk Factors: Environment Tops the List

December 16, 2011

 , Finally! Mainstream medicine and the media are finally catching on to prevention before detection when it comes to breast cancer awareness.  A new study released this week from the Institute of Medicine acknowledges how critical it is for women to examine their lifestyles in order to avoid breast cancer, particularly noting the growing list of chemicals that has found its way into our environment.
 , Dr. Marisha Weiss, an oncologist, discusses the study’s findings and recommendations this week on . Dr. Weiss notes breast cancer is already the most common cancer to affect women, and is expected to double globally in the next 30 years. Only one out of 10 breast cancer cases are due to the single rare genes, which are inherited from a mother or father. This means most cases are due to how the outside environment affects our inside environment.

We have been trying to point this out for years and are relieved the media and conventional medicine is finally starting to get it.  • Exercise regularly: Exercising three to four hours a week; five to seven hours is better.
• Maintain a healthy weight: .
Extra body fat produces estrogen, so heavier women will have higher estrogen levels.  Estrogen fuels most breast cancers.  An American Cancer Society study showed that women who gained 21 to 30 pounds after age 18 were 40% more likely to develop breast cancer than women who stayed within 5 pounds of their youthful weight. 
• Limit alcohol consumption: Three or fewer drinks per week.
• Avoid smoking.
• Maintain healthy progesterone levels:  .
A number of studies have found a relationship between low levels of progesterone and an increased breast cancer risk. If you have low levels of progesterone, you can supplement with bioidentical progesterone.
• : This has been shown to decrease risk up to 70 percent.
• Supplement with omega-3 fats such as fish oil.
 , What we eat, what we drink, the drugs we take, the personal products we use, these can all affect breast cell health. These toxic chemicals can act like hormones and can potentially bring on extra breast cell growth, including abnormal growth like breast cancer.

• Detoxify your body of chemicals regularly. One way to achieve this is by adding N-acetyl cysteine and selenium to your supplement regimen.
• Avoid oral contraceptive use and synthetic (counterfeit) hormones of any kind.
• Drink out of glass or metal water bottles to avoid chemicals found in plastics.
• Avoid hormones that are used in beef and dairy by buying organic.
 , These are some meaningful changes that one can make in everyday life that will reduce exposure to unhealthy chemicals and decrease the risk of developing breast cancer. Beyond early detection, let’s take charge of our health and destiny today!,  


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