Breast Cancer Prevention Guide
Did you know each day
approximately 36 Australian women are diagnosed with breast cancer?
Breast cancer is the most feared disease for the majority of women.
women feel powerless over their ability to prevent it. Many women
believe breast cancer is a result of bad genes and bad luck. The truth
is only five to ten percent of breast cancer cases are genetic. In The
Breast Cancer Prevention Guide, Dr Sandra Cabot and naturopath Margaret
Jasinska explain the real risk factors for breast cancer and what you
can do to greatly reduce your risk.
Some topics that are covered are:
Oral contraceptives increase the risk of breast cancer by 44 percent
when taken before a woman’s first pregnancy. In 2005 the World Health
Organisation defined them as a “class one carcinogen”, meaning known
cancer causing agent
- Iodine deficiency increases the risk of fibrocystic breast disease, which is a precursor to breast cancer
- Women who are overweight or insulin resistant are 50 percent more likely to be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer
Women who are Vitamin D deficient at the time of diagnosis of breast
cancer are 94 percent more likely to have their cancer metastasis
(spread) and 73 percent more likely to die in the next ten years than
women who are not deficient
- This book describes all of the breast cancer screening methods available to women.
Your body makes good and bad oestrogen. It is possible to measure
your levels of bad oestrogen. The easy to follow strategies in this book
will enable your body to produce less of this harmful oestrogen
According to the Silent Spring Institute in the USA, a total of 216
different chemicals and radiation sources have been internationally
recognised as being directly involved in breast cancer causation.
This book contains a comprehensive plan to help you prevent breast cancer, based on the latest scientific research.
There are several well-established risk factors for breast cancer,
such as being overweight, excess alcohol use and use of the oral
contraceptive pill. However many women who have several risk factors for
breast cancer never develop the disease and a large percentage of women
with breast cancer had no known risk factors. We do know that a
specific mutation of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes gives a woman a 40 to 80
percent higher risk of developing breast cancer, however, only
approximately five to ten percent of breast cancer cases occur as a
result of this mutation.
New research has shown that
nutritional and environmental factors appear to be the biggest culprit
in the alarming increase in breast cancer rates.
are highly sensitive to the effects of radiation and environmental
chemicals. This is particularly the case in utero, during childhood,
puberty and all the way until the first full term pregnancy. Exposure to
environmental chemicals such as pesticides, dioxin, air pollutants and
chemicals in some plastic has been linked with the future development of
Many women think there is not much they can
do to reduce their risk of breast cancer. However, Dr Sandra Cabot
believes this is not correct and explains some of the proven ways to
keep our breast tissue healthy. For example:
receive adequate quantities of vitamin D regularly. Vitamin D is
manufactured in our body when our skin is exposed to sunlight. According
to the Vitamin D Council, a not for profit educational corporation
located in California, USA, vitamin D deficiency is a contributing
factor in the development of 17 different types of cancer, including
breast cancer. Vitamin D helps cells to differentiate (become
specialised), and inhibits cells from proliferating, or growing in an
out of control way. Surprisingly vitamin D deficiency is extremely
common in Australia.
Ensure your daily intake of Iodine
is adequate. Iodine deficiency promotes fibrocystic breast disease, and
many Australian women are iodine deficient.
Ensure your daily
intake of Selenium is adequate. Women with the mutated breast cancer
genes are far less able to repair DNA damage. It is known that Selenium
protects DNA against damage and it reduces the risk of all types of
cancer in this way. Women who have a mutation of the BRCA1 gene were
found to have more chromosome breaks (which can lead to breast cancer)
than women without this mutation. When women with the BRCA1 mutation
were given Selenium for three months, the number of their chromosome
breaks was reduced to normal. Selenium is very deficient in the soils of
most parts of Australia and New Zealand, therefore receiving enough in
your diet is difficult.
It is vitally important to have
regular breast checks from your doctor and perform breast
self-examinations every month. This is best done three days after
menstrual bleeding has stopped.
Include plenty of
antioxidant rich foods in your diet, such as raw vegetables and their
juices, raw fruits and white or green tea.
Include plenty of phyto-estrogen rich foods in your diet, such as beans, chickpeas, lentils, flaxseed and nuts.