Finding your personal keys to breast cancer prevention
Every year, thousands of young women are diagnosed with breast cancer. These women face unique challenges with their cancer treatment. Unlike older women, younger women tend to have more aggressive cancers and lower survival rates. Additionally, since breast cancer occurs less frequently in women under forty, very little research is aimed at this group.
Cancer treatments also carry more weight for younger women since they can affect fertility and cause early menopause. One treatment that is becoming more popular is the mastectomy (complete removal of the breast.) This trend is raising some alarm in the medical community because it often involves the removal of healthy tissue. One study recently reported that out of women who were candidates for lumpectomy (removal of tumor), 60% elected to undergo a mastectomy. Even more interesting, between 11% and 25% of women undergoing mastectomies for early—stage breast cancer, also choose to have contralateral prophylactic mastectomies (CPM) performed. A CPM is the complete removal of both the cancerous breast and the healthy breast.
The frequency of CPM today is 3—4 times that of the late 1990’s. A study published last month suggested that women are opting for complete removal of their breasts because they want to reduce the likelihood of cancer in the opposite breast and to increase survival. CPM is usually only recommended for women with a genetic mutation predisposing them to breast cancer and a woman without a mutation has only a 2—4% chance of developing cancer in the healthy breast within five years.
Despite those odds, women are still willing to cut off normal body parts to avoid cancer. Have we caused so much fear and made so little progress that this is the best we can do? If bone cancer were the most common cancer in women, would we begin removing bones? Or would we do everything to stop women from getting the disease?
HONEY CRISP APPLES
Apples are a simple, easy, and healthy snack and Honey crisp apples are officially in season. Apples are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. This fiber helps aid digestion and helps keep cholesterol low. In 2010, the Iowa Women’s Health Study reported that, among the 34,000-plus women it’s been tracking for nearly 20 years, apples were associated with a lower risk of death from both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. “People who eat apples may be less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes,” reported The Huffington Post in 2011. Honey crisp apples became popular around 1991. People love their crispy yet juicy, sweet flavor. The Honey crisp variety is great by itself or used in baking.
Honey crisp Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts and Sweet Spiced Vinaigrette
TheCozyApron.com featured this lovely recipe using honey crisp apples. (Serves about 4)
- 2 heads frisee, chopped into bite-size pieces 4 cups wild arugula
- 1 cup candied walnuts
- 2 large Honey crisp apples, sliced into thin matchsticks * Spiced Cider Vinaigrette (recipe below)
In a large bowl, add the frisee, arugula, walnuts and about half of the matchstick-sliced apples, and drizzle lightly with some of the Spiced Cider Vinaigrette; add equal portions of the salad to bowls or plates, and then top each salad with equal portions of the remaining matchstick-sliced apples and another generous drizzle of the vinaigrette; serve as is, or garnish with a few additional candied walnuts.
Currently, very little of the money donated to cancer research goes towards cancer prevention studies. Since we do not know definitively how to stop breast cancer, women keep getting sick and they see removing their breasts as the only prevention.
We have to do better. We need to know how to stop cancer from happening and then we need to act. There are so many carcinogens in our environment today but we are not willing to do what is necessary to get rid of them. These days, it takes irrefutable evidence to have a dangerous chemical controlled and kept from our environment. Why are we willing to risk lives for the convenience of a deadly chemical? How long are we going to let women dissect their bodies before we find a better solution?
This October, with Breast Cancer Awareness in the national spotlight, I urge all women to focus on finding their personal keys to cancer prevention, beyond mutations and genetics. Diet, lifestyle, toxin exposure, and detoxification mechanisms all play important roles in cancer prevention. Take time and energy this October to understand the chemistry of your body and the factors that may be increasing your cancer risk.
Dr. Taz MD, Living Healthy, Naturally
Medical Director and Integrative Health Expert
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Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture for Eczema
Acupuncture and acupressure treat eczema by stimulating specific points on the body that target the root cause of the condition. Simultaneously, the needles provide a vent in the skin to free the pathological energy that is “stuck” under the surface of the skin leading to redness, swelling and itching. Click this link for more information on this topic, acupressure points to try at home and a recent clinical study. Also, be sure to take advantage of this month’s acupuncture special which expires on October 31st.
Not sure if acupuncture is right for you? Keep an eye out for our upcoming Chinese Medicine workshop on October 24th that will provide insight into the history, theory and benefit of ancient Chinese healing.
Please call 404.814.9808 to make your appointment.
According to Ayurveda, the precursor for breast imbalances is the accumulation of “ama” or toxins in the breast tissue, which over time become lodged and stagnated. Nutritional risk factors can be found due to synthetic hormones used in the meat and dairy industry, chemical pesticides used in agriculture, chlorinated water, preservatives in packaged foods, birth control, hormone replacement, white sugar, aluminum products, soda containers and more. The suppression of grief, sadness, stress, feelings of isolation, lack of purpose, the use of underwire bras are just some of the main contributors to imbalances in breast health. To learn more about Ayurveda and how it can benefit you please visit www.gedaliahhealingarts.com.