Key West Florida: More Florida women, under 50 years old, are being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year. In 1984 only 53 out of 100,000 younger women in the state were diagnosed; by 2008 that number had jumped to 74 out of 100,000; a 1.7 percent annual increase, according to the Florida Statewide Cancer Registry.
Florida women are not alone. In 2007, 83 out of 100,000 Massachusetts women under 50 were diagnosed with the invasive disease, while in Colorado that year, the number was 70/100,000. Since the mid 80’s, younger women under 50 in all three states have faced annual increases of 0.9 to 2.3 percent.
In contrast, British women under 50 are at 1970 U.S.levels with only 42/100,000 women under 50 being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2010. Why this great disparity between the two countries?
“Much higher use of birth control drugs by U.S. women and no federal laws banning growth hormones from U.S. dairy and meat products are two contributing factors to our high breast cancer rates,” according to Susan Wadia-Ells, founding director of the National Breast Cancer Prevention Project/Busting Breast Cancer, now based in Key West. The six- year- old virtually-volunteer non-profit is focused on translating new research on the causes of breast cancer into healthy prevention steps individual women can follow.
Most breast cancer funds in Florida and elsewhere still ignore teaching this new prevention information; instead 98% of breast cancer funding remains focused on detection or mammograms and on “finding the cure.”
Bucking the tide, Wadia-Ells’ non profit teaches individual women 7 Simple Steps, including using vitamin D3 supplements, safe tanning; choosing hormone-free birth control methods, using shower filters and eating a low-white/ high-greens diet; all simple, inexpensive and yet significant ways to help stop breast cancer before it starts.
“Given our for- profit sick care system, U.S.women are currently the only group with the self -interest and the ability to stop most breast cancer before it starts.” said Wadia-Ells.
For more information: www.bustingbreastcancer.org