It is time to talk about your bosom, your chest, your bust, or your BREAST. The month of October has been dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness! So, let’s talk about it.
Many people are familiar with the term breast cancer. Some have known a close family member or friend who has battled with it and some have battled with it themselves. The fact is that Breast Cancer is rampant. The American Cancer Society reported 231,840 new cases of invasive breast were diagnosed in the U.S. in the year 2015. Breast cancer is currently the second leading cause of death in women; about 40,000 people will die from it this year.
There are definite ways to reduce the likelihood of developing breast cancer. At Desert Wellness Center, we know how serious breast cancer is. As providers of healthcare, we look not only to treat illness with natural, non-invasive means, but we also look to be preventive whenever possible.
Diet is one definite key element in reducing the risk of developing breast cancer. A healthy diet rich in organic fruits and veggies provides lots of cancer-fighting agents and anti-oxidants. Certain veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage, contain a substance called indole-3-carbinol, which protect against breast cancer. A compound called DIM(Diindolylmethane) is an extract from broccoli that has been shown to reduce breast inflammation and breast cancer. It is also helpful for cyclic breast pain related to the menstrual cycle. Iodine is a mineral that is often deficient in the US diet. Adding iodine supplements or eating more sea vegetables (kelp, dulce, seaweeds) can improve breast health. Meats from cows that have been given bovine hormones have been linked to breast tumors in women. A diet that avoids hormone filled meats and includes organic hormone-free meats will help reduce the risk of breast tumors.
Certain herbs, such as turmeric, can help prevent cancer. Turmeric helps rid the body of carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) and also regulates estrogen receptors, which exist in high amounts on cancerous cells. Adding ¼ teaspoon of turmeric to a meal after cooking can introduce this fighting herb to your body.
Regular monthly self-breast exams can save your life! Women should get to know the shape and feel of their breasts so that they can detect and report any changes to a medical professional.
You can find more information on self-breast examination at: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps.