By Dr. Mercola
What woman fears the most is diagnose of breast cancer which conjures up images of death, despair, or disfigurement.
According to the website breastcancer.org, one woman in eight will develop invasive breast cancer and the number of women who lose their lives to this disease each year is nearly 40.000.
To prevent becoming a statistic you can take many measures and each of them will help you to decrease your risk. You need to know that less than ten percent of all breast cancer cases are related to genetic risk factors, and the other 90% are triggered by environmental factors.
Dr. Mercola said that cancer can be prevented through appropriate lifestyle changes, such as exercising, cleaning up your diet, optimizing your vitamin D levels and avoiding toxins from every source which means taking careful inventory of all household and personal care products you use.
Scientists Identify ‘Highest Priority’ Toxins for Breast Cancer Prevention
To reduce your risk of breast cancer you can avoid certain chemicals which can be found in common, everyday products.
It is found that animal tests can predict likely human breast carcinogens, which is important because only 10% of breast cancers are genetic in nature. The scientists believe that the environment has a huge role.
Julia Brody, a Ph.D., study author and executive director at Silent Spring Institute says that every woman in America has been exposed to chemicals that may increase her risk of getting breast cancer, but the link between the toxic chemicals and breast cancer has been ignored. She also said that reducing chemical exposures can save many women’s lives.
Researchers identified 216 chemicals which increase mammary gland tumors in rodents, and they narrowed the number to 102 chemicals that many women are exposed to on a regular basis through food, medications, air pollution, or consumer products.
They also prioritized these chemicals and grouped them based on exposure, chemical structure, and carcinogenic potential which resulted in 17 chemical groups which were flagged as “high priority” because their ability is to produce mammary tumors in animal tests.
Below is a list of cancer-causing chemical groups to avoid, and their most common sources of exposure. On this list, you will find another 27 different carcinogens that don’t fit into these chemical categories but are considered a high priority and are found in pesticides, consumer products, and food. Examples of this are methyl eugenol that is used in processed food as an artificial and natural flavoring, and nitrosamines in smoked meats. Obesity and medical radiation are also preventable risk factors, but the medical radiation includes unnecessary mammograms.
High priority chemicals to avoid breast cancer prevention
|Flame retardants: Flame retardant products, plastic polymers, polyester resins, and rigid polyurethane foams;||Acrylamide: Diet (especially starchy foods, such as French fries, cooked at high temperatures), tobacco smoke, and polyacrylamide gels in consumer products, such as diapers;|
|Aromatic amines: Polyurethane, Azo dyes, pesticides, and many other products;||Benzene: Gasoline (riding in a car, pumping gasoline, and storing gasoline in a basement or attached garage), tobacco smoke, paints, finishers, sealants, adhesive removers, and engine fuel and oils;|
|Halogenated organic solvents: Hairspray propellant, dry cleaning, food processing, soil fumigants, gasoline additives, and paint and spot removers;||Ethylene (EtO) and propylene oxide (PO): EtO is a gas used to sterilize medical equipment, clothing, food and spices, and musical instruments. Also found in tobacco smoke and auto exhaust. PO is a sterilant and fumigant. Also found in automotive and paint products;|
|1,3-Butadiene: Cigarette smoke, gasoline fumes, automobile exhaust, and emissions from industrial facilities;||Heterocyclic amines: Meat cooked at high temperatures, and tobacco smoke;|
|Endogenous and pharmaceutical hormones and other endocrine disrupting chemicals: Estrogens, progesterone, and DES, along with other hormones;||Non-hormonal pharmaceuticals that have hormonal activity: These include four chemotherapeutic agents, two veterinary drugs possibly present in food, the diuretic furosemide, the anti-fungal griseofulvin, and several anti-infective agents;|
|MX: One of the hundreds of genotoxic by-products of drinking water disinfection;||Perfluorooctanoic acid PFOA: Non-stick and stain-resistant coatings on rugs, furniture, clothes, and cookware; fire-fighting applications, cosmetics, lubricants, paints, and adhesives;|
|Nitro-PAHs: Air pollution, primarily from diesel exhaust;||PAHs: Tobacco smoke, air pollution, and charred foods;|
|Ochratoxin A (a naturally occurring mycotoxin): Contaminated grain, pork products, and nuts;||Styrene: Food that has been in contact with polystyrene; consumer products and building materials, including polystyrene, carpets, adhesives, hobby and craft supplies, and home maintenance products;|
Flame retardants do FAR more harm than good…
You can’t single out any particular chemical grouping as “the worst”, but flame retardants may be the ones because they are used in many furnishings, even in your mattress.
Flame-retardant chemicals belong to the same class of chemicals as DDT and PCBs (organohalogens), and 90% of Americans have them inside their bodies, and these chemicals are linked to human health risks. These chemicals can build up in the environment, and react with other toxins as they burn so they can produce cancer-causing dioxins and furans.
Children’s pajamas had a flame-retardant chemical known as chlorinated tris (TDCPP) and it was removed because many people had concerns that this chemical may cause cancer, but now this chemical is added to the couch cushions across the US. For mattresses, you can get one that is made of 100% Kevlar or wool, because these both are natural flame retardant without added chemicals.
Antiperspirants and cosmetics – other major culprits
A paraben is a chemical which is a preservative in antiperspirants and many cosmetics, but also in sun lotions. It has estrogenic activity in human breast cancer cells. A research which was published in 2012 found out one or more paraben esters in 99% of the 160 tissue samples collected from 40 mastectomies which are an indicator that the presence of parabens can increase your risk of breast cancer.
Antiperspirants can be a common source of parabens, but their source can’t be established and this is a sign that parabens can bioaccumulate in breast tissue. The sources are various, including personal care products, cosmetics, and also drugs.
Other breast cancer prevention strategies
It is estimated by the American Institute of Cancer Research that about 40% of US breast cancer cases can be prevented if people chose wiser lifestyles. But if you start applying these lifestyle modifications below, then you can be one of the 75 to 90% of breast cancer cases that could be avoided.
|Avoid sugar, especially fructose. You need to reduce or eliminate processed foods, sugar/fructose, and grain-based foods. All forms of sugar promote cancer and are detrimental to health in general. But fructose is one of the most harmful. You need to limit your total fructose intake to less than 25 grams daily, but if you have cancer or are insulin resistant, then it is best if you restrict it to 15 grams or even less.|
|Limit protein and increase healthy fat: You need to reduce your protein levels to one gram per kilogram of lean body weight. For most adults, it is unusual if they need more than 100 grams of protein. It is best if you replace the eliminated protein and carbs with high-quality fats, such as high-quality meats, organic eggs from pastured hens, coconut oil and avocados. Also, a ketogenic diet helps prevent and treat many forms of cancer.|
|Get plenty of natural vitamin A. Vitamin A has a big role in helping prevent breast cancer. But the best way to get this vitamin is to obtain it from vitamin A-rich foods. The best sources are raw butter, organic egg yolks, beef or chicken liver and raw whole milk. But excessive vitamin A can negate the benefits of vitamin D and because vitamin D levels are crucial for your health in general, not to mention cancer prevention, it is essential for you to have the proper ratio of vitamin D to vitamin A in your body.
To provide all the vitamin A and vitamin D substrate that your body needs so it can regulate both systems naturally, you need to eat colorful vegetables for vitamin A and to expose your skin to safe amounts of sunshine every day for vitamin D.
|Get sufficient amounts of iodine. Iodine is an essential trace element that is required for the synthesis of hormones, and the lack of it can cause or contribute to the development of health problems, including breast cancer because your breasts absorb and use a lot of iodine, which they need for proper cellular function.
If you take mega-doses, in the tens of milligram range that can be counterproductive. It is not wise to get more than about 800 mcg of iodine per day.
|Nourish your gut: If you optimize your gut flora you will reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune response. A microbe-dependent mechanism is found through which some cancers mount an inflammatory response that fuels their development and growth. Researchers suggest that inhibiting inflammatory cytokines might slow cancer progression and improve the response to chemotherapy. And if you add naturally fermented food to your daily diet, that would be an easy way to prevent cancer or speed recovery. Know that you can always add a high-quality probiotic supplement as well, but keep in mind that naturally fermented foods are the best.|
|Avoid GMOs: You need to avoid genetically engineered foods because they are typically treated with herbicides such as Roundup (glyphosate), which are likely to be carcinogenic. A team of researchers in France concluded that Roundup is toxic to human cells and likely carcinogenic to humans. You need to choose fresh, organic, preferably locally grown foods.|
|Avoid charring your meats. Charcoal or flame broiled meat is linked with increased breast cancer risk. Acrylamide is a carcinogen created when starchy foods are baked, roasted, or fried and it increases breast cancer risk.|
|Avoid unfermented soy products. Unfermented soy is high in plant estrogens, or phytoestrogens, which are known as isoflavones. Soy works together with human estrogen to increase breast cell proliferation, which increases the chances for mutations and cancerous cells.|
|You need to drink a quart of organic green vegetable juice daily.|
|You can add cancer-fighting whole foods, herbs, and spices to your diet, such as broccoli.|
|Curcumin is an active ingredient in turmeric and when is in high concentrations it can be very useful in the treatment of breast cancer because it shows immense therapeutic potential in preventing breast cancer metastasis.|
|You need to avoid drinking alcohol or at least try to limit your alcoholic drinks to one per day.|
|Other lifestyle strategies for the prevention of breast cancer|
|Optimize your vitamin D. Vitamin D influences virtually every cell in your body and it is one of the most potent cancer fighters of nature. It is able to enter cancer cells and trigger apoptosis (cell death). Vitamin D also kills cancer cells as effectively as the toxic breast cancer drug Tamoxifen, without any of the detrimental side effects. It can work synergistically with every cancer treatment with no adverse effects.
90% of ordinary breast cancer may be related to vitamin D deficiency according to Carole Baggerly, founder of GrassrootsHealth, A meta-analysis of five studies published in an issue of Anticancer Research found that patients who were diagnosed with breast cancer and had high levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to survive compared to women with low levels. The high serum group had a level of average vitamin D of 30 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml), but the women in the low serum group averaged 17 ng/ml. This is the average level of vitamin D.
The physicians are urged by the researchers to make vitamin D monitoring and optimization part of the standard breast cancer care. You will need at least 30 ng/ml of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) to prevent cancer from spreading. But other research suggests that you will be better off with levels as high as 80 ng/ml.
|Maintain a healthy body weight. You need to lose excess body fat because fat produces estrogen and it can fuel breast cancer.|
|Improve your insulin/leptin receptor sensitivity. The best way to do this is to avoid sugar and grains and you need to make sure you are exercising regularly.|
|Avoid xenoestrogens which are synthetic chemicals that mimic natural estrogens and are linked to a wide range of human health effects, including reduced sperm counts in men and increased risk of breast cancer in women. Examples of xenoestrogens are bovine growth hormones in commercial dairy, plastics like bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates and parabens in personal care products, and chemicals used in non-stick materials.|
|Breastfeed exclusively for up to six months because it will reduce your breast cancer risk.|
|Avoid wearing underwire bras because metal underwire bras increase your breast cancer risk.|
|Avoid electromagnetic fields as much as possible. You need to limit your exposure and protect yourself from radiation produced by cell phones, towers, base stations, and Wi-Fi stations, and you also need to minimize your exposure from radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms.|
|Get enough sleep: You need to make sure that you are getting enough restorative sleep. Your poor sleep can interfere with your melatonin production, associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and weight gain, both of which contribute to cancer’s virility.|
|Employ effective stress management tools: A major contributor to disease is the stress from all causes. Stress and unresolved emotional issues can be more important than the physical ones.|
Taking control of your lifestyle can significantly reduce your odds of cancer
To prevent breast cancer is more important and powerful than trying to detect it, and you need to avoid chemical hazards such as those that are reviewed above which are a big part of any cancer prevention strategy. But to do that you need to clean up your life to where your food, water, clothes, furnishings, and other products that you come into regular contact with are as close to natural and unprocessed as possible.
This also means that you need to seek out an organically-produced item, a piece of food, bed linens, clothing, and shampoo or laundry detergent. You need to replace the most of household cleaners and personal care items with a few simple, non-toxic ingredients. Many of the recommendations which are listed above will reduce your exposure to toxins that are causing cancers.