Lowering Your Breast Cancer Risks

 

Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. The earlier it it is detected the better the chances for cure. One must be aware of the risk factors of breast cancer. Knowledge is power and just might save your life or the life of a loved one some day.

Mammography: Benefits, Risks, What You Need to Know
MammographyMammograms don’t prevent breast cancer, but they can save lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible. For example, mammograms have been shown to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer by 35% in women over the age of 50. In women between ages 40 and 50, the risk reduction appears to be somewhat less.

The value of screening mammograms was questioned in November 2009 when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that routine screening mammograms for women with an average risk of breast cancer should start at age 50 instead of age 40. The recommended changes were very controversial and were not universally adopted.

Since that time, the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network all have issued guidelines saying that all women should be eligible for screening mammograms starting at age 40.

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Foods to help reduce your breast cancer risk
Lower Breast Cancer RiskBreast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States, with 20-25 percent of cases proving fatal. While heredity is a risk factor, you can take steps to reduce your chances developing it.

A diet containing specific foods with properties known to provide some protection against estrogen-sensitive cancers, as well as certain supplements can help.

“Diet, neutraceuticals and properly balanced hormones give women the lowest risk of breast cancer – and the best chance for surviving it,” said Dr. Gary Donovitz, an Ob-Gyn from the Institute for Hormonal Balance in Arlington, Texas, and the Founder and Medical Director of BioTE Medical, LLC.

These four foods are an important part of a diet focused on reducing breast cancer risk:

1. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, are excellent for breast health. They contain the substance indole-3-carbinol, which has been found to have protective properties for estrogen-sensitive cancers. Glucosinolates, also found in cruciferous vegetables, can help eliminate carcinogens from the body before they cause damage to the cells.

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Environmental Breast Cancer Risks: How Can You Lower Yours?


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How Walking May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Breast CancerPhysical activity, even including walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, encouraging new science shows, in part, it seems, by changing how her body deals with estrogen.

Evidence has been accumulating for some time that exercise reduces the risk of many types of cancer, including breast malignancies. But the physiological mechanisms involved have not been well characterized, nor have scientists known what kinds and amounts of exercise provide the surest protection.

Which makes the results of two recently published studies of considerable interest to women and those of the remaining gender who love us.

In the newest and largest of these studies, published online last week in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers with the Epidemiology Research Program at the American Cancer Society began by turning to a huge trove of data maintained by the cancer society.

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris was born in Europe but has lived in the US for many years. He attended college both in Europe and the US and completed medical school at the University of Texas. Residency and fellowship in oncology was completed at Baylor. Read More...
Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton