Healthy World: Breast Cancer Prevention

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The National Cancer Institute states that one in eight women have a risk of developing breast cancer and as much as 80 percent of cancer cases are preventable. Risk factors for breast cancer are family history, genetics and diet.

Since the 1950’s breast cancer has been on the rise and so has obesity. The food industry which consists of publicly traded corporations has only one thing in mind, it is to make money and increase their profits.

To make profits  they have made their product (food) cheaper by genetically engineering, spraying chemicals poisons over crops, loading the soil with chemicals to help plants grow faster, and pumping animals with growth hormones. They started adding chemical additives to food that increases your appetite and makes it physically addicting.

The problem is most chemical additives are toxic to the body, when the body is overloaded with these toxins it is unable to fight disease. Studies have shown eating a diet high in preservatives, animal products, saturated fat and dairy is linked to breast cancer.

A Harvard Medical School study of more than 90,000 women revealed that women who ate the most meat were nearly twice as likely to develop breast cancer as those who did not eat much meat.

The number one thing that you can do to prevent breast cancer is maintain a healthy diet.

Deleting packaged foods, lowering your consumption of sugars, dairy, and hormone filled meats can help prevent you from getting breast cancer. Stay away diet drinks  and all artificial sweeteners including saccharin, Nutrasweet, Splenda, and sucralose to name a few.  Artificial sweeteners are just that- artificial chemicals- and are considered carcinogenic in humans. If you must have something sweet, consider Stevia which is a natural sweetener.

Important supplements in the fight against breast and other forms of cancer are vitamin D, lycopene and quercetin.

Adding Vitamin D in the form of dark green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, fish oil, and soymilk and rice milk can also assist in boosting the immune system which makes it more effective in destroying tumors. Another way to get vitamin D is through sunlight.  Sun exposure stimulates vitamin D production in the skin, fair skinned individuals should get at least 15 minutes of sunlight per day and dark skinned at least one hour. However, in the winter months it is imperative to take a vitamin D supplement.

Lycopene is also an important in the prevention of cancer. Lycopene which comes from the red in tomatoes helps counter-act the effects of cell-damaging free radicals. Adding olive oil to fresh diced tomatoes during cooking gives the body the most readily absorbable form of lycopene.

Quercetin is a proven antioxidant that can protect cell structures from cell- and tissue- damaging free radicals. Small amounts of quercetin can be found in vegetables, beans, cabbage, garlic, grapefruit, grapes, green tea, onions, pears, red wine, and spinach.

Turn over a new leaf today. Start by eating whole not processed foods; avoid high sugar and high fat meals including dairy and red meats. Go organic as much as possible. Stay away from artificial sweeteners.

Get educated… while helping to find a cure is a great idea, the world needs to start with prevention. It is the key to living a life without breast cancer.

At a Glance:
Increased risk of breast cancer for teen girls and how to prevent it: http://www.webmd.com/video/teens-sex-hormones-cancer-study
Dangers of artificial sweeteners:
http://www.womentowomen.com/healthyweight/splenda.aspx
Taking Vitamin D for breast cancer:
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4873786&page=1

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