Posts tagged: Breast Cancer Prevention

Are You at Risk? How to Identify Your Major Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

In this 3-minute clinic we discuss the two major risk factors that contribute to breast cancer, from a Preventive & Integrative Medicine perspective, and what you can do about it.

Be sure to check out 3 Foods to Eat to Prevent Breast Cancer and The Role of Emotional Stress & Breast Cancer for more breast cancer prevention tips.

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“Welcome to the 3-minute clinic where we review tools and strategies to be well and stay well for the rest of your life. Today’s subject is breast cancer and breast cancer awareness. As a matter of fact, we just passed breast cancer awareness month, so my question is, what did you discover? What did you learn about breast cancer? Can you identify the risk factors that lead to breast cancer? Can you identify what your risk factors are that might lead to breast cancer? Do you know what causes breast cancer? Because here’s what you need to know. What causes it—what puts you at risk for breast cancer; how to prevent it; what early detection is all about; and how to treat it. That’s really what I need you to know. So let’s talk today about the cause of it, because breast lumps are very common and breast cancer is common. Approximately 1 in 8 women in our society today will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, nearly one third of all female cancers are breast cancers, and some 75-80% of women have a breast lump at one point or another in their life, which could eventually deteriorate or degenerate into breast cancer. This is a very common subject, so let’s review what could be causing it. Now what are the risk factors? What causes it? So let’s review four possible causes. Is it due to genetics or inheritance, number 1? Is it something you catch like the cold or the flu, you go to the nursery, and you catch it? Number 3, is it just a matter of being a victim or being at the wrong place at the wrong time—in other words, is it bad luck—or number four, is it due to your lifestyle choices? Well, in my experience, when I say lifestyle choices, I mean your thinking patterns, your nutritional patterns, your activity patterns, your exercise patterns, and your emotional patterns. Now I strongly believe that lifestyle factors are the key factors that contribute to breast cancer. And when we talk about risk factors, we’re really going to talk about the things that put you at risk. I don’t believe that genetics is that big of a risk factor. In my experience, 3-7% of breast cancers may be linked to genetic predispositions, but I don’t believe a person is born and they are programmed forty years later to have breast cancer–that they’re genetically programmed to have it. I think that people have a predisposition and depending on their environment and depending on their lifestyle it can either express itself or not express itself. What’s even more interesting to me is this: the majority of women that get diagnosed with invasive breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer. So I cannot put a big factor on inheritance. What I can put a big factor on is the immune system–your immune system–and your Immune Power. So what puts you at risk for breast cancer? What are the two greatest risks? Well, I put them into two categories. To me breast cancer is a hormonal imbalance–it is a disorder of a hormonal imbalance. And the things that put you at risk are in your metabolic area and in your stress area. So what do I mean by metabolic risk? What I mean by metabolic risk is this. Unless you have the right foods—that is, having nutritional stress or nutritional imbalances, put you at risk for breast cancer. In other words, a diet that is too high in fat and too low in fiber puts you at risk for breast cancer. Being overweight puts you at risk for breast cancer. Drinking alcohol or drinking too much alcohol, puts you at risk for breast cancer. And then there’s the emotional stress factors. The buried emotional stress, the buried anger, the suppressed emotions, high levels of emotional stress put you out of balance emotionally. You see, nutritional imbalances and emotional imbalances, in my experience, are your risk factors that you want to identify. But keep in mind, you have the power, you have the ability–by developing your immune system, by developing metabolic balance, by developing nutritional balance, by creating emotional balance–you have the power to prevent breast cancer.”

The Future of Breast Cancer Awareness: Early Detection vs. Primary Prevention

Is there more to breast cancer awareness than just early detection?  Can breast cancer be prevented?

In this 3-minute clinic we discuss the progress made over the last 25 years along with the future and where we’re going when it comes to Breast Cancer Awareness.

“Hi I’m Dr. Barnet Meltzer, and welcome to our 3-minute clinic. Today’s subject is the future of breast cancer awareness, a subject important to all of us. And it’s very interesting, we’re at a very interesting crossroads right now in the evolution of breast cancer awareness. We’ve come a long way in 25 years, a long way, but at the same time, at the same time it’s interesting that the incidence of breast cancer is at historic highs. For example, back in the 1940’s, 1 in 20 might have gotten breast cancer, in the 1980’s, 1 in 10, and today 1 in 8 women are expected to get breast cancer. So I want to talk about what we’ve accomplished, how far we’ve come, and more importantly, where we’re going and the future of breast cancer awareness. So let’s take a look at what we’ve been able to accomplish. What’s been really good over the last 25 years is we’ve raised awareness around early detection. Here’s the point, if you can detect cancer at it’s early stages, the likelihood that you can treat it early and get a good result is much increased. For example, if you find a tumor at its early stages, you decrease the risk of it becoming a life threatening condition. So early detection is a very important process and thankfully through breast cancer awareness, we have two primary ways of early detection. The first is self-examination. Let me encourage every woman to do self-examination because 9 out of 10 breast lumps are discovered by the woman or her partner, and you want to check yourself in every quadrant of the breast once a month, perhaps the first day of your cycle. The second component of early detection is screening mammography. What happens is on a mammogram, you can pick up a tumor long before it is seen or felt. Therefore, let’s see what we’ve accomplished. We’ve raised awareness, we’re looking for early detection, and through self-examination and mammography, we’ve been able to find breast cancer at it’s early stages, and therefore have decreased the number of life-threatening breast cancers. But let’s look at where we are going. Now the future of breast cancer awareness, the future is breast cancer prevention–to prevent it to begin with. You see, think about it, the least complicated case of breast cancer isn’t the one that’s detected early, the least complicated case of breast cancer is the one that never occurs. So the future of breast cancer awareness is going to be prevention. Here’s how I look at it. We’ve studied it carefully, and have been able to identify significant lifestyle risk factors that determine your risk for breast cancer. And here’s the more interesting news, you have the power, you have the ability to influence these risk factors in a favorable way, to decrease your risk for breast cancer. For example, your nutritional lifestyle, the way you manage stress, your activity level, your fitness level–all of these are factors that come into play in either increasing or decreasing your risk for breast cancer. So stay tuned because the future is prevention, and we want to empower you with the tools to prevent breast cancer.”