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4 Remedies to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

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4 Remedies to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

Dense breasts is more than a descriptor of breast mass. It’s a condition that can have health consequences.

This week, children’s book author Judy Blume announced on her blog that she recently received a diagnosis of breast cancer after getting a routine ultrasound, and then underwent a mastectomy. She made a point of saying that her dense breast tissue had made her cancer impossible to detect through either a physical exam or mammogram.

Breast density can indeed prevent mammography from highlighting suspicious markings. The dense tissue literally blocks the view. That’s why an ultrasound is the better detection option for women who have dense breasts.

Not surprisingly, hormones are a big factor in many breast-related conditions. Young women have more circulating hormones; therefore, their breast tissue is typically dense. That’s because breast tissue contains estrogen receptors, a destination for circulating estrogen. When the liver can’t break down the body’s excess estrogen, then the risk of estrogen-related breast cancer increases.

Fat also plays a role in breast density. Because estrogen loves fat, premenopausal women who are overweight are generally more at risk for breast cancer because their fat stores are greater than in women of normal weight. And fat stores in the breast will attract estrogen.

However, even slim premenopausal women who ingest more estrogen than normal through the environment–or through estrogen-mimickers in products, including skin care items, cosmetics, and plastic containers–are also at risk for denser breasts, if their livers are not helping rid the body of these substances.

Postmenopausal women produce only a small amount of hormones through their adrenals. These hormones are converted, in the fat cells, to estrogen and progesterone. However, postmenopausal women’s livers, which have often become more toxic over many years, may not be up to the task of breaking down even the small amount of circulating estrogen in their systems. Another factor that can increase breast density is hormone replacement therapy.

 

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By Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

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12:31PM PST on Dec 31, 2013

The Apothecary Shop in Miami offers a liver cleanse and a kidney cleanse in tea form and in pill form. This has had remarkable success with patients with advanced cancer. Tumor Reducer tea is also available. 305-279-4200

2:34AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Ouch - I wish the first point wasn't about eliminating coffee and chocolate.

It was not too difficult, but I did give up coffee for a fairly long period. At present I would rather eat double the recommended amount of cruciferous vegetables than give up dark chocolate.

9:16AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

sweet ....... I am reading this article and having a nice cup of coffee, such a bummer !

Gladly noted.

8:07PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

thanks for sharing!

3:42AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

TY

2:07AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Thanks

12:07AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Good to know!

4:39PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Thanks

4:07PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

I can do nrs 2, 3 & 4, and I don't eat a lot of chocolate, but I can't stop drinking my black tea.

3:19PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

thanks.

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