Breast Cancer Prevention: Facts & Perspectives
Here are the basic facts on breast cancer:
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women (excluding nonmelanoma skin cancers) and is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women today. It is the leading killer of women age 35 to 54.
- The risk of getting breast cancer has tripled over the last five decades. Here in the United States, however, breast cancer rates actually decreased by 10% between 2000 and 2004, due in part to a reduction in the use of hormone replacement therapy.
- According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.3 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually worldwide, and about 465,000 will die from the disease each year. And, while the incidence is much rarer than that in women, men also may develop breast cancer.
- Twenty-five percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer die within five years, and 40 percent within 10 years of their diagnosis. Breast cancer in younger women (under age 50) tends to be more aggressive and malignant.
Among the key strategies for preventing breast cancer from developing the following:
- Eat a high-fiber, anti-inflammatory diet (plenty of vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and some fruits, as well as a low intake of land-animal products and refined carbohydrates)
- Eat cruciferous or cabbage family veggies, 3-5 servings/day
- Appropriate dietary fat intake, minimizing saturated fats and trans fats, and emphasizing more omega-3 fatty acids
- Establish healthy body composition
- Get regular aerobic exercise and muscle workouts
- Maintain healthful sleep patterns
- Regular exposure to mid-day summer sun
- Curb exposure to low-frequency EMFs
- Curb exposure to ionizing radiation
- Stop smoking, avoid second-hand smoke
- Limit alcohol, maintain good folic acid intake
Highly effective in detecting breast abnormalities and helps identify risk factors that may predispose women to breast cancer.
Involves no direct contact, carries no risk or side effects. It is pain-free, non-invasive, with no radiation exposure.
Obtains a fingerprint of breast characteristics that should remain the same in future scans enabling regular monitoring.
In recent years, thermal imaging technology has greatly improved, offering a high-sensitivity tool that can supplement mammography.