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Your breast cancer risk may be higher than you realize.
Although it’s true that breast cancer is more common after menopause, younger women can develop it too, usually after age 30. (Men can also be diagnosed with the disease, although it’s rare.)
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers.
You're likely aware of the most publicized breast cancer risk factors:
-age; most breast cancer occurs in women over 50
-reproductive history; starting your periods before age 12, or starting menopause after 55
-family history of breast cancer; particularly if your mother, sister, or daughter has had breast cancer
-whether you've had hormone therapy
-whether you have a genetic mutation; also known as the BRCA gene
But because you have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer, common sense says there's more to the story. There have got to be more risk factors.
So, what’s going on here? How has breast cancer become so prevalent in our society?
I’ll explain. But first, let’s take a look at what breast cancer is.
In this article:
- What is Breast Cancer?
- The 2 Triggers and their Remedies
- Mammograms Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be
- The Safe Alternative To Mammograms
- Lower Your Risk Starting Today
What Is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is a disease in which breast cells grow out of control, interfering with the normal, healthy functioning of your body. There are different kinds of breast cancer, depending on which part of the breast it begins in: the lobules, which is called lobular carcinoma; in the ducts, known as ductal carcinoma in situ; or in connective tissue.
Your lobules are the milk-producing glands. The ducts are tubes that carry milk to the nipple. The connective tissue (which consists of fibrous and fatty tissue) holds everything together.
Most breast cancers begin in the ducts or lobules, and can be detected as breast lumps. Breast cancer can spread through blood vessels and lymph vessels to the lymph nodes. When this happens, it is said to have metastasized; it's become invasive breast cancer.
A 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer is alarmingly high. You may be dismayed by these odds; yet, there are two common triggers that the mainstream medical community doesn’t often tell you about. But once you know, you can take yourself from higher risk of breast cancer to lower risk.
Keep reading - you won’t want to miss this.
The Two Triggers (And Their Remedies)
Certain types of breast cancer are stimulated by two common conditions:
#1 Excessive amounts of estrogen
Many women are estrogen dominant. Estrogen is the primary female reproductive hormones, so it’s essential for your health. Yet when you have too much of it, estrogen becomes problematic. Not only does it put you at higher risk for breast cancer, you may also experience pain and swelling in your breasts; fibrocystic lumps; increased symptoms of premenstrual syndrome; and even mood swings and headaches.
Fortunately, estrogen dominance is simply to correct. Two of the best natural remedies I recommend to balance estrogen are:
- Sea kelp, because it contains high levels of iodine, an anti-estrogenic mineral. Make sure the iodine is from a high quality source.
- Cruciferous vegetables, because they contain phytoestrogenic compounds which may promote beneficial estrogen metabolism, helping to rid problematic estrogens from your body.
Both of these food items are natural, carry no risk of side effects, and have the potential to decrease your risk of breast cancer. Make sure you eat organic as much as possible.
Now let’s look at the second common trigger.
#2 Excessive insulin
The majority of the population is insulin dominant; meaning, having too much of the hormone insulin in the body. This can result in a pre-diabetic condition known as insulin resistance, in which your cells don’t properly use the insulin your body produces to control your blood sugar. Thus, your body produces more and more insulin to try to keep your blood sugar balanced, but your cells have effectively become numb to insulin’s call.
Why is this a common breast cancer trigger? Because excessive insulin can actually speed up cell growth and multiplication; exactly what happens with cancer - uncontrolled cell growth and replication. As well, cancer cells have many more receptors for insulin than regular cells
In other words, cancer lives on sugar. Since insulin is triggered by sugar and refined carbs, you can see how this sets up a vicious circle and puts you at higher risk for breast cancer.
The remedy is to go on a keto diet, combined with intermittent fasting. They are a powerful preventive combination because together, they reduce your insulin levels to normal and lower your risk of breast cancer.
Now that I’ve explained these two common triggers, I also want to give you a word of caution about mammograms - the most common diagnostic tool for breast cancer.
Mammograms Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be
You’re likely urged to get a yearly mammogram as part of your routine health care, along with performing regular breast self-exams. And you may be aware of the debate within the medical community over whether or not mammograms are helpful or harmful.
After I dug into the research, I’m convinced they do more harm than good. Here’s why:
Mammograms can be traumatic. Your breast is placed between two plates and compressed. This could stimulate inflammatory oncotaxis; a condition that results from cancer cells traveling to places in the body that have been traumatized. Thus, you can see it’s best not to traumatize your breasts.
As well, the ionizing radiations the small wave particles that go through your breast during a mammogram - disrupt the electrons in your cells. Electron disruption has been known to cause cancer.
To me, then, it makes no sense: why would you want to try to detect cancer at its early stage by using something with a known carcinogenic effect? If you’re having a mammogram every six months, or once per year, is it possible it can actually trigger cancer?
Although studies claim that mammograms are safe, those studies weren’t independently conducted. In other words, they were funded by organizations with a financial stake in making sure the findings specified the safety of mammograms.
So, what’s the alternative?
The Safe Alternative To Mammograms
I recommend thermography rather than mammography. Thermography is non-invasive. It uses a type of infrared technology that detects and records temperature changes on the surface of the skin. A thermal infrared camera takes a picture of the areas of different temperature in the breasts; then, the camera displays these patterns as a heat map.
Thus, because cancerous growths often have an excessive formation of blood vessels and inflammation in the breast tissue, these formations show up on the infrared image as areas with a higher skin temperature.
There’s no radiation involved. No potentially harmful compression of your breast tissue.
I highly recommend you look into having a thermogram done as a safer alternative to a mammogram.
Lower Your Risk Starting Today
It’s frightening to know that, as a woman, you have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in your lifetime.
Those odds are unacceptably high.
But now that you know two common factors that increase your risk, and have learned their simple yet effective remedies, you can take action right now to lower your risk and protect yourself from developing breast cancer.
When you lower your risk, you also lower your chances of all the harrowing treatments and side effects that come along with cancer, which include: radiation therapy, chemotherapy, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, extreme fatigue. And of course, your quality of life and ultimately length of life are severely compromised too.
I urge you to take steps right now to protect yourself. You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy.