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Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1992
Keeping Breast Cancer at Bay
Do you spend your afternoons trying to not do a face-plant into your computer screen?
By Jessica Ridenour
The only thing more difficult than being treated for breast cancer is living with the possibility of recurrence. While nothing can eliminate that risk entirely, it is possible to reduce your chances of having to fight the cancer monster yet again.
If you’re one of the over 2 million breast cancer survivors in the US, congratulations. You’ve braved a tough fight—and you may even have the battle scars to prove it. And the news just keeps getting better: Studies show that healthy lifestyle changes can significantly reduce your risk for breast cancer recurrence.
Energy Times asked breast cancer experts about what survivors can do to naturally prevent recurrence; as it turns out, preventing recurrence and preventing onset in the first place aren’t much different from one another. What is it that puts survivors at risk for another malignancy? “It’s a combination of doing the wrong things and not doing the right things,” says Christine Horner, MD, FACS, and author of Waking the Warrior Goddess: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against and Fight Breast Cancer (Basic Health Publications). “What you put in your mouth is huge.”
The Right Things:
Eat more plants. The verdict is unanimous on this one: Eating more colorful fruits and vegetables is one of the strongest lines of defense you can employ in keeping the cancer beast at bay. Dark leafy greens, berries and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and bok choy) are particularly rich in protective, cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Studies show populations with the least cancer and heart disease (such as the people of Okinawa, Japan) eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day. “It doesn’t mean you have to be a vegetarian; it just means you need to eat a lot of plants,” adds Heather Pena, MD, Medical Director of the St. Helena Center for Health in St. Helena, California. Pena suggests adding more of the four “S” foods to your diet: soups, salads, stir-frys and smoothies. Plant foods also contain lots of fiber; in one British study pre-menopausal women who ate at least 30 grams of fiber a day experienced a 52% reduction in breast cancer risk.
Protect Your Breasts
Dietary changes and regular exercise can help prevent breast cancer.
by Susan Weiner
Roughly 40,170 times a year, or nearly once every 13 minutes, an American woman dies of breast cancer. It is the most common malignancy among women except those affecting the skin. But while most skin cancers are non-lethal, breast cancer is the second leading cause of female cancer deaths.
The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman’s life is a little less than one in eight, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Last year, 62,280 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS, the non-invasive, earliest form) and 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in American women. What many people don’t realize is that men aren’t spared. The ACS says that 1,910 new cases of invasive male breast cancer were diagnosed in 2009, with 440 deaths.
Ductal cancer, which affects cells lining the ducts that carry milk to the nipple, is the mostwidespread form. The other primary type, lobular cancer, develops in the milk-producing areas of the breast. These mutated cells can break away and move around the body to form secondary breast cancer.