Family history of breast cancer? There’s something you can do to reduce your risk!

October 18, 2010 by  
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It is Pink October, a month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. In the next 2 weeks, Battling Cancer will focus on the latest news on breast cancer.

There is no denying the genetic component of breast cancer. But having a family history of the disease need not be a death sentence. Studies have shown that through healthy lifestyle and behavioral strategies, breast cancer can be slowed down, even stopped in its tracks.

Familial predisposition to breast cancer is for real and the risk should be taken seriously. However, women should not live in hopelessness because there are ways and means of reducing the risk.

According to Dr. Robert E. Gramling, associate professor of Family Medicine, and Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center:

“It’s important to note that a family history of breast cancer can arise in part due to shared unhealthy behaviors that have been passed down for generations. Untangling the degree to which genes, environments, and behaviors contribute to the disease is difficult. But our study shows that engaging in a healthy lifestyle can help women, even when familial predisposition is involved.”

Dr. Gramling and colleagues looked at data from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study which enrolled more than 85,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79, One group of participants had a family history of later-onset breast cancer (after age 45) and another group did not. The women were followed up for an average of 5.4 years.

Data analysis showed that three health behaviours were strongly associated with reduction in risk for breast cancer and the risk reduction was the same for women with and without a family history. These lifestyle factors were regular physical activity, a healthy weight, and less alcohol consumption.

Indeed, this is good news for women with family history of breast cancer. The study results show that even our grandmothers and mothers may have succumbed to the disease, we have great chances of beating it and so do our daughters and their daughters by reducing the risk through a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Gramling continues:

“Given the strong awareness of breast cancer and distress about inheritable risk, it is essential that scientists understand the actions women can take to reduce their risk”.

And here is another strategy to reduce breast cancer risk regardless of genetic disposition – breast feeding! I will tell you more about breast feeding and breast cancer in an upcoming post.

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One Response to “Family history of breast cancer? There’s something you can do to reduce your risk!”
  1. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting American women and may lead to more than 38,000 deaths this year. Medical Doctor, Researcher and Cancer expert, Dr. Isaac Eliaz shares 8 simple tips during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so you can learn more about treating and preventing breast cancer.

    Dr. Isaac Eliaz Recommends:

    * Choosing organic, unprocessed foods: Follow a diet primarily made up of unprocessed, organic whole foods that are free of inflammation-inducing additives such as excess salt, sugars and trans-fats, as well as pesticide residues which are known to contribute to cancer.
    * Maintaining a healthy body weight: Maintain a BMI (body mass index) of less than 25, as an elevated BMI may increase the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer.
    * Doing your own research: Every person is different when it comes to prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Listen to your doctor, but take advantage of cancer information available to you outside of the doctor’s office! Click here for Dr. Eliaz’s free health report, “Beat breast cancer with nature’s help”
    * Exercising regularly: Participating in physical activity for 30 minutes per day provides powerful protection against breast cancer.
    * Consuming the right fats: Consume adequate amounts of omega-3 fats (salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, and herring) and monounsaturated oils (canola, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados), as these healthy fats have powerful anti-cancer properties.
    * Eating fruits and vegetables: Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries and grapes, and vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower contain antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, and other phytochemicals (beneficial plant compounds).
    * Lowering stress levels: Mind-body approaches such as healing meditation and other stress-relief measures can improve clinical outcomes.
    * Taking your supplements: There are a number of dietary supplements and nutrients that have been scientifically researched and proven effective against breast cancer.

    Modified Citrus Pectin

    Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) is essential in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Research over the last decade shows MCP directly attacks cancer cells, and prevents metastasis. Even greater anti-cancer results have been found with another important new study, conducted by researchers at the Cancer Research Laboratory at the Methodist Research Institute, IN, and Indiana University Cancer Center. They analyzed the synergistic effects of MCP and Dr. Eliaz’s multi-nutrient breast care formula, with extremely positive results. The findings suggest that the combination of the two greatly enhanced suppression of breast cancer cells.

    Based on the principles of integrative medicine, Dr. Isaac Eliaz recommends a multi-dimensional treatment plan to fight and prevent breast cancer from all angles.

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