Updated: Oct 29, 2018
Early Detection Is Great, Risk Reduction Is Even Better!
Here are some unsettling statistics:
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women in the U.S., accounting for 32% of all female cancers.
Breast cancer is responsible for 18% of cancer deaths in women and is second only to lung cancer.
About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
90% of women who get breast cancer are the first in their family to ever get the disease
Early detection is VERY important. And equally, if not more important however, is awareness of risk factors that can affect the odds of ever developing breast cancer in the first place. Cancer develops at the cellular level years (or even decades) before it is something that can be identified.
Some risk factors for Breast Cancer include:
Genetics - The most important thing to understand about genetics is that GENETICS ARE NOT YOUR DESTINY! They are simply risk factors that increase or decrease your odds of developing it. Just because you have relatives with Breast Cancer, doesn't mean that you have the genetic variants for it. Opposite of that, just because you may NOT have relatives who have had Breast Cancer, does not mean that you don't have the genetic variants
Environmental Exposure - obtaining additional unwanted estrogen from the environment (pesticides, fuels, Styrofoam, hormones in food supply, hormone replacement therapy, etc)
Detoxification Capacity - how effectively can you get rid of toxins and excess estrogen
Exercise - women who exercised during adolescence and adulthood experienced the most significant reduction in breast cancer risk
Insulin/ Glucose Control - women with type 2 diabetes were 17% more likely to develop breast cancer
Age of Menarche - Girls who begin their cycles before the age of 13 have a 4 fold higher incidence of breast cancer later in life. The lower the age of menarche, the more likely that the woman will experience estrogen dominance in their lifetime, increasing the risk of breast cancer
Childbirth Patterns - Women who have undergone a full-term pregnancy before the age of 20 have one-half the risk of developing breast cancer compared with women who have never gone through a full-term pregnancy
Multiple Dietary Factors - Vitamin Deficiencies (specifically of Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Zinc) can play a huge role in cancer risk
We recommend that your patients reduce exposure to harmful substances (such as alcohol and smoking), address any underlying thyroid and/ or blood sugar issues, reduce stress, increase consumption of nutrient-rich vegetables, and make the appropriate dietary changes to stabilize insulin levels and increase fiber. There are multiple tests that can be performed to gauge the risk factors for your patients.
If you have any questions on breast cancer risk reduction or how you can implement risk reduction protocols in your practice, we are more than happy to assist you! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (832)928-8888.