Cancer Prevention & Breast Cancer
The very word instils fear and recoil in most of us.
It is one of the scariest words known to humans as we feel so impotent and helpless around any cancer prevention discussion or diagnosis. After the feeling of overwhelm and trying to grasp the concept that life will never really be the same again, thoughts may come of ‘why me’ and ‘how did this happen’ and this is where we can be led to believe that our genetics are the major influencer of cancer growth. Many of us fear that we will ‘get’ cancer almost like one catches a bad cold. Others fear that cancer ‘runs in the family’ and we are susceptible to this disease as if it is some kind of unwanted inheritance.
However, what if the majority of the cancers we suffer from were not genetic and actually mostly driven by our diets, lifestyles and environments? What if we were in control of 90%-99% of the risk factors for the biggest cancer killers? What if the vast majority of cancers of the lung, bowel, liver, prostate and breast were preventable?
They are preventable. The cancer specialists all agree on this.
Breast cancer is 90% non-genetic
Researchers have been studying breast cancer rates, risks and deaths for decades. A small number of women inherit genes with mutations that make developing breast cancer much more likely. For most women, though, it is behaviours adopted over a lifetime: consuming unhealthy processed and fattening foods, a lack of fruits and vegetables, alcohol intake, cigarettes, oral contraceptives and hormone replacement drugs and the impact of such behaviours leading to becoming overweight or obese – not the genes they inherited, that contribute most to breast cancer.
The study titled “Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach” was produced by the Institute of Medicine, a panel of independent medical experts headed by Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, chief of environmental and occupational health at the University of California, Davis. The research found that substances to which women expose themselves every day (overly processed foods, alcohol, cigarettes, meat and white sugar) are the highest risk drivers for breast cancer. I call this the ‘high-meat, rich in sugar, highly-processed and low-fibre modern diet’.
We are marketed to believe that breast cancer is primarily caused by genetics and therefore, you cannot do much about it. But 90% of cases appear in families that have no genetic history of breast cancer. So why is it that in most Western countries 1 in 10 women will develop breast cancer and yet in other places around the world it is virtually non-existent? Diet and lifestyle play a massive and crucial role in breast cancer risk, rates and diagnosis.
70% of Breast Cancer suffers are aged 50+, 90-95% of any age suffers have NO Breast Cancer in the family
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