Buy and use a water filter like the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher, which has been tested to remove chromium-6 by up to 96 percent, the lab-verified Big Berkey gravity filter, or the AquaTru countertop filter, which removes chromium-6 along with hundreds of other toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Note that brands like Brita will not protect you against this form of contamination.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and pink is the color of choice to support the cause. But there are critics who say the pink movement has become more of a money making scheme that leaves little or nothing for the actual cause.
Women should consider the guidelines in light of their family histories and personal risk factors.
The Environmental Working Group recommends reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals.
An international consortium is now studying male breast cancer.
Every BRCA-positive woman has to weigh the risk of cancer against the harm caused by the treatment, and some are deciding it’s not worth it.
The diet had no limit on fat, but it was mostly monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil.
The MammaPrint test calculates the risk of cancer recurrence within 10 years after diagnosis. If the risk is low, women might decide to skip chemotherapy or other treatments.
Reduce your “toxic load’ to reduce your susceptibility to cancer and other diseases.
Breast Cancer Action is critical of the companies that make money from pink ribbons but don’t make a difference for women.
Breast cancer, already the most common cancer in the United States, is projected to rise by 50% by 2030, according to researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). They expect 441,000 new cases in 2030, up from 283,000 in 2011. Philip Rosenberg, a senior investigator in the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), says that part of the rise can be attributed to the increased number of ER+ breast cancers. This trend is likely caused by changes in “circumstances and lifestyles,” but the research model looked at total numbers, not causes, he said. Of course I am interested in the causes, because my breast cancer was ER+, which means that it needs estrogen to grow. I don’t want a recurrence or metastasis. Also, I am in the majority. Almost 80% of breast cancers are ER+, and this number is on the rise.
Chromium-6 is the carcinogen exposed by Erin Brockovich, and the Environmental Working Group has found it in the water of 31 out of 35 cities they tested, In every case, the levels were higher than the standards set by California’s EPA. The good news is that if your water is affected, you can buy filters that will remove it.
Mammography is an unquestioned pillar of the pink-ribbon awareness movement. However, a recent survey of three decades of screening published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that mammography’s impact is decidedly mixed: it does reduce, by a small percentage, the number of women who are told they have late-stage cancer, but it is far more likely to result in overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment, including surgery, weeks of radiation and potentially toxic drugs.
There is evidence that hyperthermia, which involves heating the body to the fever range, can kill cancer cells, possibly better than chemotherapy, and without the side effects.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which evaluates potential carcinogens for the World Health Organization, declared glyphosate, the ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disagreed, The problem is that the EPA tested glyphosate in isolation rather than the way it’s actually used in the fields.
One of the biggest problems with cancer research is that the researchers only publish the findings that benefit them, and they suppress the ones that don’t. This can lead to adverse outcomes for the public. These new rules seem to be a step in the right direction.
I am coming to the end of my five years of aromatase inhibitors, so this is an issue that affects me. It’s important to understand the research about whether or not to extend hormone treatment. We have to weigh the statistical odds of benefiting against the harm caused by the side effects.
Chemicals can permeate your skin, so what is in your clothes can also be in your body. It’s a good idea to check clothing tags the way you check food ingredients.
This is one of the first in a battery of ‘liquid biopsies’ that experts think will revolutionize the treatment of cancer.
This is an issue for everyone impacted by breast cancer. I try to use my fear to drive me to do the work required to protect against carcinogens.