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8 Things You Might Not Know About Breast Cancer

The pink ribbons are out, the starting guns are off and newspapers and magazines are filled with testimonials from breast cancer survivors.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everyone from fashion designers to NFL football players are getting involved.

While I have nothing against putting a spotlight on disease – indeed Mum was motivated to see the doctor back in 2011 after reading a testimonial during Ovarian cancer awareness month – I sometimes feel that new research and important messages are lost in a deluge of pink marketing.

So this week I bring you the latest news on breast cancer that I hope will empower you to make healthy choices and give you some food for thought:

Get Enough Selenium

‘If every girl in this country took 200mcg of selenium in one generation we’d eliminate breast cancer by 82 per cent,’ says Dr Peter Glidden, a naturopathic physician and author of The MD Emperor Has No Clothes. It’s a bold statement, but research reveals people who live in areas of selenium-rich or magnesium-rich soils are indeed many times less likely to get cancer. Boost your levels by stocking up on brazil nuts, sardines and button mushrooms.

Try a Vitamin C Shower

Not to ward off the flu, but to cut your exposure to chlorine: ‘Chlorine is a very well-known cancer- causing agent,’ says the widely respected naturopath and clinical nutritionist David J. Getoff. A study carried out in Hartford, Connecticut found that, ‘Women with breast cancer have 50 per cent to 60 per cent higher levels of organochlorines (chlorination by- products) in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer.’ The bonus? Reducing chlorine content, by investing in a Vitamin C shower filter, can also promote healthy skin and hair.

Genes Don’t Make the Decision

Today, the lifetime risk of breast cancer among females with the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene is 82 per cent. But the statistics haven’t always been so dire.

Before 1940 the BRCA2 gene only expressed in about 24 per cent of cases, according to research (Science, 2003, 302, pp. 643–50).

‘Genetically humans don’t change . . . the only thing that’s changing is our environment,’ says Dr Alexander Mostovoy, Toronto-based physician and thermographer.

Junk food and junk thoughts, coupled with increased pollution and radiation all have a hand to play in disease.

The Sunshine Vitamin

Women with low levels of vitamin D  in their breast tissue have a much greater risk of breast cancer AND in 2013 researchers from St Louis found that vitamin D blocked a pathway linked to the development of breast cancer in women with the BRCA1 gene.

Jump on Mini Tramp

Rebounding slows ageing, oxygenates the blood and increases lymphatic flow, which may help prevent cancer.

‘Increasing lymph circulation gets white blood cells moving – which are critical for cleaning out your system and also killing cancer cells,’ says Marcus Freudenmann, producer of the hit documentary CANCER is Curable NOW.

Have a blueberry smoothie


In 2010, scientists discovered that blueberries cause programmed cell death in triple negative breast cancer cell lines. To find out more about the benefits and for a delicious basil and blueberry smoothie recipe, click here.

Remove Root Canals

Some of the leading cancer centres in Europe won’t accept patients until they have their root canal teeth and mercury fillings removed.

In the years 1995-2000 Dr. Thomas Rau who runs the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland checked the records of the last 150 breast cancer patients admitted. He found that 147 of them (that’s 98 per cent) had one or more root canal teeth on the same acupuncture meridian as their original breast tumour.

Ditch Stress

Science is increasingly urging us not to overlook the impact of stress.

In 2009 Chinese researchers revealed that adrenaline – the fight or flight hormone – actually makes cancer resistant to treatment (Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics).

So why not use this month to slow down, reflect and maximize moments of pleasure by avoiding multitasking? Watch Downton Abbey without replying to a text at the same time, read a whole chapter without getting up to unload the dishwasher (I’m loving Deborah Moggach’s Heartbreak Hotel) wonder at the beauty of autumn and leave your mobile at home…

Take in this information and then detach from the subject of cancer.

It’s good to be aware, but it’s also good to let-go.

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3 Responses to 8 Things You Might Not Know About Breast Cancer

  1. The Women’s Psychotherapy Service is a network of women therapists working in private practice in Brisbane and they are currently running two support groups, for women with advanced breast cancer, and for their partners and families. You can find out about the support groups on their website , and about the Women’s Psychotherapy Service on this webpage . The groups are being funded by Queensland Health, but the service running the groups – The Women’s Psychotherapy Service Inc – “is not a free service, nor is it a funded service. Fees are charged on a sliding scale and are negotiated on an individual basis.” They say the advanced breast cancer group “…is a supportive/expressive group, modelled on the work of Dr David Spiegel (Stanford University), author Living Beyond Limits: New help and hope for facing life threatening illness”. There is more information about the nature of the group on this page .

  2. The rise in female smoking prevalence is a major public health concern. In the US, more women die from smoking-induced lung cancer than from breast cancer and in some Nordic countries, including Iceland and Denmark, female lung cancer deaths have begun to outnumber male tobacco victims. Considering that in several European countries up to 50 per cent of young women are now regular smokers, this will cause a disease burden that significantly reduces women’s health in decades to come.

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