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How to Assess Your Risk of Getting Breast Cancer

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How to Assess Your Risk of Getting Breast Cancer

By Monica Wilcox

I need your help to save the lives of millions of women.  But first we’re going to save YOURS.

Here are some critical facts to help you keep your breasts healthy and cancer free.

Assessing Your Risk

  • Your biggest risk factor for breast cancer is age.  95% of new cases and 97 % of breast cancer deaths occur in women 40 years or older.  If you’re over 40 preventive measures are mandatory.
  • Your left breast is statistically more prone to developing cancer than your right one. Scientists are not sure why.
  • Only 5-10% of breast cancers occur in women with a genetic predisposition.  Just because this disease doesn’t run in your family DOESN’T mean you’re in the clear.
  • Women WITH the gene mutation run a lifetime risk as high as 4 in 5 of developing the disease.  If the women in your family (maternal AND paternal) have battled breast cancer get educated and find a fantastic doctor.
  • Over 50; get your mammogram. It’s been estimated that if every women over 50 got a yearly mammogram, breast cancer deaths in this age group would drop by 25% or more. If you’re under 50 talk to your doctor about when you should start getting mammograms or a breast thermography.
  • If you live in the U.S you have the highest risk of getting breast cancer in the world.
  • Being overweight increases your risk. Research has found a strong correlation between increased weight and breast cancer, especially for those who gained weight in adolescence or after menopause.
  • Breastfeeding your baby has consistently been shown to lower your risk of breast cancer.
  • If you’ve been on hormone replacement therapy for more than 5 years, you have a higher risk of getting breast cancer, especially if both estrogen and progesterone are given together.  If you’re on HRT or if you are premenopausal, thoroughly evaluate your options.
  • If you are of Ashkenazi (French, German, and East European) Jewish descent you have a significantly higher (1 in 40) chance of carrying the breast cancer gene.
  • Nurses who work night shifts and flight attendants who disrupt their circadian rhythm are at a higher risk for breast cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancerrecently concluded shift work, especially at night, is carcinogenic to humans.
  • If your breasts are dense, your risk goes up 4 to 6 fold over women with lower breast density.

Now that you’ve got a grasp on your risk, let’s talk…

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6:50PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Page 2 basically says "GO RAW VEGAN"!

I agree- too many animal products; too many unnatural foods; lazy lifestyle. Vitamin D plays a huge role. Women who get more than an hour of sunlight a day are 33% less likely to develop breast cancer.
I also read an interesting thing about not accepting feminity causing energy to clog allowing tumors to form.
Eating raw fruits and veggies, organic, little, if any, animal products, exercise, get sunlight, embrace feminity, and one should be fine. Cancer is such a stilly thing. Too many cry out for a cure when really, there is no need. Prevention is more imnportant, but we Americans don't like to try until we hit rock bottom. (Generally speaking of course, it's sometimes hard to avoid the chemicals in our environment).

Aluminum deoderant is also a HUGE culprit. So is make-up, shampoos, and anything laiden with chemicals. Nature provides everything we need. It's such a shame Big Business tries to keep us from knowing that!

10:52AM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

I don't support cancer research for the simple reason that cancer can be prevented and cured naturally. Deborah Kampfer's post is right on.

More than 15 years ago a mammogram discovered a lump in my left breast. I was supposed to have a biopsy which I refused after doing my own research on the subject. First of all by doing a biopsy chances are that the cancer can go into your bloodstream and spread. Second, chemo kills the good cells with the cancer cells and weakens your immune system. Third, at that time the survival rate was on average 5 years with treatment. People who received NO treatment survived on average 12 years.

I cam across two books written by women who had undergone chemo, radiation and bone marrow transplants. The doctors gave them only six months more to live. They went on a raw vegan diet together with daily doses of wheatgrass juice. After about four months they were cancer free.

I went on this raw vegan diet and wheatgrass juice, no meat, no fish, dairy, fat, sugar, salt, alcohol or caffein, plus exercise. I never had any treatment and I feel better than I ever have, all my health problems disappeared. Needless to say, I am still 100% vegan.

Here are the names and authors of the books: "How I Conquered Cancer Naturally" Eydie Mae with Chris Loeffler; "A Cancer Battle Plan" Anne E. Fråhm with David J. Fråhm; I read many other books on the subject, too many to post them here and each one comes to the same conclusion.

8:48PM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Great article. Thanks.

12:27PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Wow, thanks for this...kind of a wake up call :)
Preach!

10:21AM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

I've had some hormonal problem including swollen painful breasts...well low and behold it was my anti-perspirant. I have used different ones over the years. Now all my problems have vanished in 2 months. Could the use of underarm be causing this rise in breast cancer? Maybe. Something to think about.

4:54PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

I have had breast cancer, but in my case it was the RIGHT breast that developed a tumour.

I have been a staunch vegetarian - now virtually vegan - since 1976, I am a life-long non-smoker, I drink very little alcohol, I have exercised regularly all my life and am not overweight, I have never taken any HRT BUT I STILL developed a malignant breast tumour!

I have never had any children so the breastfeeding does not apply.

I refused to take the Tamoxifen I was prescribed. Unfortunately, I was too demoralised to also refuse the daily, over a period of six-weeks, radiation doses. I deeply regret having agreed to this profoundly depleating and utterly exhausting "therapy".

3:31PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

wouldn't agree with the atricle. recently have read great book THE CHINA STUDY (www.thechinastudy.com) about "modern illnesses caused by too much animal-based food and breast cancer is one of them. others are diabetes, heart attack, stroke, obesity, cancer in general,...

1:52PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Not mentioned (if you research you will learn this) is the fact that we get cancer and our bodies get rid of it on a fairly regular basis. Breast cancer is so common now because of all the testing and often these small cancers are found and treated that would actually go away on their own.

Personally, I figure what is to be will be. I will not buy into all the pharmaceuticals even if I have cancer because they make no difference. Again, if you research you will find that some people get over cancer and some don't and all the drugs do not make a difference, except to the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies.

Be wise, eat right, exercise, don't smoke and understand that there is a time that all of us will die. Six extra months will sick on chemotherapy and leaving huge medical bills behind (in the U.S.) is really not worth it. Quality of life is what is important.

11:27AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Great info. Thanks.

10:04AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Thank you

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