Dec 23, 2009
The number of women in the United States newly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer is rising by 1% each year. It is with sadness therefore, that I learned today that Teresa Heinz Kerry is now a part of that statistic.
Mrs. Heinz has been a long-standing advocate for research that better understands environmental and lifestyle causes of breast cancer. Teresa Heinz, as an action-oriented philanthropist and policy maker, is clearly a dear friend to all breast cancer prevention proponents.
But mammograms do not prevent breast cancer; so I reluctantly must disagree with Mrs. Heinz when she limits her remarks to say that all women, no matter what their risk levels, should have an annual mammogram at age 40 and older.
This one and only one- size- fits- all recommendation seems inappropriate, given recent research and experience on how high vitamin D levels can stop breast cancer from happening, as well as other known breast cancer risk factors, not to mention the well documented limits and sometimes dangers of annual screening mammograms.
To truly protect ourselves from developing breast cancer, all women, young and old, need to follow a real prevention lifestyle.. not just go running to get a mammogram!
- If you are past 40 have you found alternatives to contraceptive drugs or hormone replacement drugs ?
- Have you had a vitamin D3 blood test yet? Are you taking enough vitamin D3 supplements every day to keep your blood serum levels at 60 ng/ml?
- Are you filtering the water that you drink and shower with every day?
- Are you able to limit your alcohol intake to three glasses of wine or beer a week?
Research shows that no one habit or drug is going to cause breast cancer; instead breast cancer seems to happen when a mixture of such individualized risk factors comes together into a personalized toxic cocktail.
Each of us needs to understand this range of factors as we work to keep our own breast cancer risk level low.
Focusing only on getting an annual mammogram, instead of also encouraging women to seriously follow a real prevention lifestyle, will never lower the number of women who develop breast cancer.
To understand how you can put together your own real prevention lifestyle, see Know Breast Cancer’s 7 Easy Ways at www.knowbreastcancer.net
Wishing you peace and good health in your home, your community and across our world this holiday season,