Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in North America with one in every seven women diagnosed with cancer. The risk in Africa and Asia is four to five times less. Some risk factors, such as family history, can’t be changed; however, there are lifestyle and dietary changes you can make to lower your risk. Breast cancer prevention should be a constant in every woman’s life and starts with healthy habits.
Breast Cancer Prevention
If you’re concerned about breast cancer, there are steps you can take toward breast cancer prevention.
Fat cells make estrogen, so increased weight from fat increases the risk factors for breast cancer.
Depression and anti-psychotic drugs increase your risk as much as 42%. Stress hormones block the apoptosis (death switch) in cancer cells and reduces the effectiveness of cancer therapies.
Avoid over-the-counter antiperspirants and find or make natural alternatives.
Bisphenol accumulates in breast fat tissue and is a potent xenoestrogen found in plastic water bottles, saran wrap, food containers, etc.
There are many detoxifications available, including juicing, infrared sauna, liver cleanses and more.
Accumulating evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women. In addition, not smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
Vitamins and Minerals
Low intake of calcium and vitamin D promotes metastasis to the bone. Calcium building up in the cells due to low dietary calcium is a powerful trigger of carcinogens.
There is a 30% reduction in risk if you exercise. It gets the lymphatic system moving and lowers insulin, helps burn fat and builds muscle. Recommendation is 30 – 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Specifically, flax seed: 2 tablespoons daily of ground up flax has shown a 30% reduction in breast and colon cancers. Flaxseed has been shown to be as effective as Tamoxifen in reducing breast cancer recurrences.
Beans and Lentils
Using beans and lentils twice a week is protective. Adopting a vegan or plant-based diet lowers your risk of breast cancer.
Cabbage, broccoli, sprouts, lycopenes (i.e. guava, watermelon, tomatoes, sweet red peppers, asparagus, etc.), legumes, cruciferous vegetables (i.e. Brussel sprouts, radishes, turnips, cauliflower, kale, etc.)
Even ¼ grapefruit inhibits estrogen clearing.
Choose meats that are free of hormones, drugs, herbicides, and pesticides. Grain or corn-fed beef is pro-inflammatory, whereas grass, pasture or wild fed beef is safer due to Omega 3-to-Omega 6 ratio. Bison and lamb are grass fed, so this is a good option. Chicken and fish should also be clean.
High-quality green tea.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Flax oil, olive oil, fish oil, nuts, and seeds. Avoid corn, soybean and safflower oil, as they promote inflammation.
Low Glycemic Diet
Will reduce the risk by 22%, so cut out refined sugar and high-starch foods.
A one-half glass of wine only. Anything more elevates the risks for breast cancer. 25% of breast cancer cases can be attributed to alcohol.
I-3-C is a nutrient present in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussel sprouts that helps promote a safe estrogen metabolism, reduces risk of cancers caused by dangerous estrogen and promotes the formation of cancer-protective estrogens. I-3-C can stop the growth of cancer cells while activating genes that help fight cancer or be a preventative to it in the first place.
It is protective to breast health and causes apoptosis which makes cancer cells undergo programmed cell death. Japan has the highest dietary intake of iodine and the lowest rate of breast cancer.
It down regulates estrogen receptors, reduces circulating estrogen and prolactin, suppresses tumor fatty acid uptake and blocks estrogen and epidermal growth factors.
We need 5,000 – 10,000 IU daily or 15 minutes a day in the sunlight for cancer prevention. Studies have shown that people in this locale are statistically low in Vitamin D.
Selenium levels have been greatly depleted in much of our soils and daily selenium supplements help our body utilize iodine, which is preventative in breast cancer.
If used at the proper dosage, Vitamin C can neutralize and eliminate a wide range of toxins. High doses of Vitamin C are toxic to cancer cells if given intravenously. Research shows that the astonishingly high levels of Vitamin C achievable only by IV therapy not only help fight the risk of infection and the pain of metastases, they actually aid in the defeat of the cancer cells themselves while causing no harm to healthy cells.