Breast Cancer Prevention in Brief
By Charles Hopkins
Published 01/2/2008 | Health
Many people are well aware that there are hundreds of scientific
references supporting the fact of cancer prevention. The risk of breast
cancer can be reduced to almost zero, and yet many are skeptical of
this message because it seems too easy.
First is food. The evidence supports fresh, organic fruits,
vegetables and whole grains. These are now relatively easy to obtain as
all grocery stores carry an organic line.
Fruits and vegetables are virtual anti-cancer pharmacies. Hundreds
of studies have shown that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is
associated with a lower risk of not just breast cancer, but other types
of cancer as well.
The cruciferous family of vegetables is especially protective.
Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radishes and
turnip are all good.
Omega-3's shrink breast tumors and prevent metastasis. Flax seeds
and fresh fish are prime sources. Unfortunately farmed fish such as
Atlantic salmon contain high amounts of PCBs' a potent cancer-causing
agent and is to be avoided absolutely. Canned salmon is Pacific and
Green tea slows the growth of 11 types of cancer including breast
cancer through the action of powerful anti-oxidants. Folic acid and
Vitamin B12 are to be consumed as they prevent DNA mistakes from
occurring preventing normal cells from mutating into cancer cells.
Green veggies, whole wheat and eggs are good sources. Shellfish,
sardines and salmon are high in B12.
There are dozens of studies showing that the spice turmeric is
potent at preventing cancer. Turmeric breaks down toxins in the liver,
is an anti-inflammatory, is a powerful anti-oxidant, stimulates the
immune system and promotes weight loss by emulsifying fat.
Fifteen minutes of sunlight will produce the daily Vitamin D
quotient. Vitamin E rich foods include avocados, almonds, sweet
potatoes, leafy green vegetables, wheat germ and salmon. Vitamin E is a
powerful anti-oxidant, which slows cancer cell growth and promotes
tumor cell death.
Just 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three to five times a week
lowers the risk by 30 to 50 per cent. Exercise boosts the immune system
and regulates blood sugar, thereby controlling insulin levels, another
Garlic and herbs such as ginseng, rosemary and black cohosh have
all been studied in clinical trials. They should be consumed regularly.
Sleep is critical. Not only is it important to get seven hours, but
having the room dark also matters. Melatonin is a powerful anti-oxidant
hormone that protects against breast cancer. Going to bed at 10 p.m.
increases the production of melatonin. Any light, even that from a
night-light seriously reduces melatonin production. Keep the room dark.
Avoid refined carbohydrates. Sugar causes a surge in insulin and
women with high insulin levels have a 280 percent higher incidence of
breast cancer. Cancer cells crave refined carbs.