What should I know about breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States after skin cancer. And for all the money spent on research, the survival rate for malignant breast cancer is about the same as it was 60 years ago.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 211,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year and 43,300 patients will die from the disease. Breast cancer is an epidemic among women.

Men get breast cancer, too. 1 male will develop breast cancer for every 100 women with breast cancer. The American Cancer society estimates that 1,600 men will develop the disease this year. Men with breast lumps are evaluated with the same techniques used to evaluate women including mammography.

Breast cancer is uncommon in women younger than 35. Most cases develop in women older than 50, and the risk increases as women pass 60, 70, and 80.

Good nutrition, exercise and hormone balance play a key role in women's health and longevity.

Eating cold-water fish (wild salmon, sardines, tuna and mackerel) containing high levels of omega-3, fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grain foods are major factors in the reduction of breast cancer risk.

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

History of prior breast cancer: Women who have had breast cancer in one breast are at greater risk of developing the disease in the other breast.

Family history of breast cancer: Women whose mothers, sisters, or daughters have had breast cancer face increased risk, especially if their relatives had breast cancer while young. However, it is estimated that only about 5 percent of women have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer.

Genetic factors: Testing in families where many women have had breast cancer sometimes shows changes in specific genes. These changes increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

Exposure to chemicals: Women exposed to environmental toxins, pesticides, industrial waste and contaminated water are more likely to get breast cancer. Avoid the exposure to pesticides, herbicides and most petrochemical products directly onto your skin. For example, use natural cleaners for your kitchen and laundry and natural shampoos and conditioners that are much better for you.

Birth control pills: Women that have taken birth control pills at a young age are also at risk for breast cancer. Most birth control pills have progestins (synthetic progesterone) which block the benefits of progesterone. They also block ovulation and the production of the woman's own hormones.

Other known risk factors for Breast Cancer:

Exposure to synthetic hormones: In general, the longer women are exposed to synthetic estrogen (Hormone Replacement Therapy), the more likely they may be to develop breast cancer. Women who began menstruating before age 12 or who went through menopause after age 55 may be at increased risk. The same may be true for women who never had children and those who are taking or who recently took synthetic HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for five years or longer.

Removal of ovaries: Removal of the ovaries means "instant menopause" and it also means limited production of female hormones. Remember that the ovaries are the primary source of hormones (including estrogens, progesterone and testosterone).

Learn more about how hormone imbalance affects your health and your life.

First child after age 30: Women who have first children later in life may have a greater chance of developing the disease than those who have first children earlier.

Dense breasts: Since breast cancer most often develops in lobular or ductal tissue, women with a high proportion of this kind of dense tissue may be at greater risk.

Radiation therapy: Women whose breasts were exposed to radiation during radiation therapy before age 30 are at increased risk of developing breast cancer later in life. The more X rays you are exposed to the greater the risk of breast cancer.

Alcohol use: Some studies show a slightly higher risk of breast cancer in women who consume more than one alcoholic drink a day. Avoid drinking excessively - your liver is an excellent detoxifier and it protects your body against toxins. Your liver will not function well when exposed to alcohol, cigarette smoking, pesticides, drugs, poor diet, stress and sedentary lifestyle.

Supporting your body with a healthy lifestyle is the best form of breast cancer treatment. If you drink a lot of alcohol every day, your liver will have difficulty eliminating and regulating the estrogen and toxin levels in the body. The best recommendation is to drink in moderation - one glass of wine a few times a week will not increase your risk of breast cancer.

Obesity: Women who are obese, particularly after menopause, may be at higher risk. Of course, obesity at any age is not healthy and needs to be addressed. Read more about weight loss here!

To learn more about breast cancer, the reference book shown below is highly recommended. It describes how cancer and hormone imbalance are related and what you can do about it.

Each year, over 40,000 women in the U.S. die from breast cancer. According to Dr. Lee and Dr. Zava, the sources that cause the epidemic of breast cancer in this country are: excessive estrogen, HRT (hormone replacement therapy), diet, hormone imbalance, household and environmental pollutants.

Dr. John R. Lee is the pioneer in women's menopausal health. Harvard-trained and in family practice for 30 years, he retired from practice and treated women in hormone balance and menopause health.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer: How Hormone Balance Can Help Save Your Life by Dr. John R. Lee and Dr. David Zava.

Current health treatments, including synthetic HRT, receive serious condemnation, and authors John Lee and David Zava carefully provide plenty of medical research to back up their position that EXCESSIVE ESTROGEN is a main source of cancer-causing irregularities and breast cancer.

While the names of all the different natural and synthetic hormones can get overwhelming, with perseverance your new vocabulary of terms like androstenedione, estradiol, and cortisol will enable you to communicate more effectively with your doctors.

Review books about hormone imbalance and other women's issues at the Womens Health Bookstore section.

Dr John R. Lee will show you the benefits of using natural progesterone supplementation to balance the effects of excess estrogen.

He discusses the importance of women doing their own saliva tests for proper evaluation of their hormone levels. To better understand how saliva testing evaluates your hormone levels, click here to go to the hormone testing section.

According to Dr. John R. Lee estrogen is very much involved in the initiation and promotion of breast cancer, right down to the level of your genes, your DNA and your immune system.

Exposed to excessive estrogen, both from hormone imbalance and from outside sources in the body such as pesticides and other environmental toxins, increases the chances that things can go wrong at the cell level.

Using natural progesterone cream is the way you can naturally neutralize estrogen dominance and stop hormone imbalance. This is the safe way to protect yourself from these dangerous changes in your cells. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, good balanced diet and stress management is also important.

There is no doubt that as women get to the age of menopause, they may also be estrogen deficient. But without natural progesterone, estrogen becomes a significant factor in the promotion of cancer. This means that you should always use estrogen WITH progesterone to keep your hormones balanced. Progesterone neutralizes the dangers of excess estrogen.

Progesterone is crucial and the natural solution in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer!

When you start using the recommended doses of natural progesterone cream supplementation or BHRT, allow 3 to 4 months for your body to reach the so called "physiologic equilibrium".

At this point, you should be able to judge for yourself, because most of your symptoms should start going away and you should start feeling hormone balance and much better.

Estrogen and progesterone need each other! And you need both! Each of these hormones has a role to play in everyday life.

But to have one without the other to "balance" it - or to "oppose" it - is to invite trouble. It is this imbalance that causes menopausal symptoms and is one of the causes of breast cancer.

If you have had breast cancer, natural progesterone cream is your best friend. It will balance your hormones and it will relieve most of your premenopause and menopause symptoms. Use this link for natural progesterone cream sources.

When do I use Natural Estrogen?

If you want to use natural estrogen cream (estriol), you should consider using it if you are experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness.

After menopause, estrogen production drops, but it can still be 40-60% of what it was before menopause.

It is also possible that fluctuating estrogen production levels in the body - sometimes too high, sometimes too low - result in a temporary estrogen deficiency that causes menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.

There are synthetic estrogen drugs, but they come with health risks and unwanted side effects. Instead, use the safe natural estrogen products if you need supplemental estrogen. Go here for bio-identical natural estrogen sources.

Lifestyle changes that correct hormone imbalance!

Increase your physical activity by exercising. A regular daily regimen of at least 30–45 minutes of brisk walking, bicycling, using your treadmill or any other fitness equipment would be ideal, drink plenty of water, and turn your body into a fat burning machine that incinerates fat 24 hours a day!

To be physically active is crucial for women of all ages, because it helps you sleep better, it improves your immune system, it enhances your sex life, it also increases your bone mineral density which helps prevent osteoporosis, stops hormone imbalance and reduces the risk of a heart attack and cancer.

Improve your diet and eating habits to become healthier. Many diets are deficient in phytoestrogens, which are found in fiber-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables.

Organic would be preferable if you can get them. Vegetables contain compounds called phytoestrogens that compete for estrogen receptors in your body, helping block the effects of excess estrogen.

Make sure you eat whole and unprocessed foods because people that eat fiber-rich foods have lower rates of certain types of cancer. Eating fresh and a wide variety of vegetables or juicing vegetables are also good sources of fiber.

Cold-water fish contains healthy Omega-3 fatty acids of protein and of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Fish oils are good for arthritis symptoms, they help lower cholesterol and thin the blood.

Drinking filtered water is important to your health. Most people are SERIOUSLY deficient in their consumption of water. When was the last time YOU consumed the recommended amount of 8-10 glasses in one day?

And rather than drink the water straight from the tap, use a good water filter to eliminate chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals and other toxic substances commonly found in tap water. Clean, fresh, filtered water is much better for you than soda!

Reduce stress in your daily life. When you are stressed, your blood sugar levels rise, your blood pressure goes up, and your stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol flood your body.

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