Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Progestin: An Unnatural Hormone

Women of childbearing age in Colorado, Florida and Massachusetts,   now face the same invasive breast cancer rates that women of all ages faced in the 1960’s, according to  state cancer board data.

What is pushing up (pun noticed)  breast cancer among younger women in the U.S.?  One of the causes just might be  fake progesterone… called progestin, that lurks in  every birth control drug and in the popular Mirena IUD.

….with birth control drugs now commanding a $3.8 billion a year market in the U.S. alone, watch for lots of push back when this subject is  mentioned.

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Thankfully, Dr. Susan Love  and her Army of Women,  is finally going to study the progestin- in- birth- control- drug situation. Are these drugs worth taking to prevent pregnancy. .. or is there a safer and more effective way?

In her  good natured and far-reaching book,  Breasts:a natural and unnatural history, science writer, Florence Williams,   introduces us to the lively  South African researcher,Malcolm Pike, who discovered back in 1983, that unnatural  progestin was as risky or more risky than unnatural estrogen when it came to popping hormone drugs and worrying about breast cancer.

Women should never forget, it was those unnatural progestins  in the combo hormone replacement therapy (HRT)  pill  that  older women were told to take, that pushed up their  their breast cancer risk by 26%.

It took a $625 million national study, let by a woman physician, Bernadine Healey, to finally convince the public in 2002, that HRT was a bad idea.

In one year,  this $4 billion a year U.S. HRT drug market collapsed in half and for a few short years, post menopausal women  saw their hormone-positive breast cancer rates dive by 15%.

Now lots of research is  again pointing to unnatural progestins as a significant  culprit ,  as more and more  women of childbearing age,  using all  types of  hormonal birth control, reach a tipping point,  and end up with invasive breast cancer.

We need to thank Malcoln Pike, Bernadine Healey, Susan Love,  and now Florence Williams,  for their past, recent and future research and  writing  that encourages women to question this problematic and unnatural hormone.


Coming Up:  War on Women

Hormone-free IUDs are  safer and more effective than any hormone drug or hormone IUD.

But why does this IUD cost $1, 000 in the U.S. and $1.00 in the U.K.?



Video: Rising Breast Cancer rates in U.S. & 3 Easy Ways to help stop breast cancer


In this short video, Busting Breast Cancer founding director, Susan Wadia-Ells, talks with videographer Eric Goldscheider about the historic rise in invasive breast cancer among all women, especially women under 45 in the U.S.

She also describes Busting Breast Cancer’s 3 Easy Ways to help stop breast cancer before it starts.

The National Breast Cancer Prevention Project/Busting Breast Cancer is a 5 year old non-profit organization that translates international research on the the known, probable and possible causes of invasive breast cancer into logical ways that women can use to help stop the disease before it starts.

The organization’s theme  is prevention not profits

Because Busting Breast Cancer’s educational work does not focus on detection or treatment (but only on how women can help stop the disease from starting), the non profit is not eligible for funding from the American Cancer Society, from  Susan G. Komen for the Cure or from most other breast cancer awareness or pink ribbon organizations.

U.S. women, under 45, slammed with high breast cancer rates; are fertility drugs involved?

U.S.women, under 45 years old,  have  experienced a 12 percent annual increase in invasive breast cancer since 2007.

Busting Breast Cancer recently uncovered this epidemic-like trend using state-based data collected by the North American Association of National Cancer Registries and published bi-annually by the American Cancer Society.

Many women already know that breast cancer has become a younger woman’s disease, but few understand some of the most probable causes or risk factors behind this startlingly trend.

Contraceptive drug use in the U.S. has grown rapidly since 1997, with over 13 million teens and women under 50, now using some type of hormone contraceptive drug. In addition,  85,000 women in the U.S. used fertility drugs last year, an all time high.  Market researchers estimate six million or more U.S. women will have used one or more fertility drug by 2025.

Increasing numbers of international studies show that the chemical estrogens and chemical progestins in these drugs increase cell proliferation and other risky conditions with regard to breast cancer.

How many younger women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer since 2007 were using hormone contraceptive drugs or had recently used some type of hormone fertility drugs? No government agency tracks this data.

We also know that increasing profits are being made each year,  as more  women use these chemical hormones.  The U.S. contraceptive drug market is currently worth $3.8 billion;  U.S. fertility clinics enjoy another $4.4 billion each year.

A lone voice at the National Cancer Institute recently recommended the federal government spend serious dollars studying which fertility drugs might be increasing invasive breast cancer rates. Is it the synthetic estrogens in some of the IVF (in vitro fertilization) drugs? Is it the progestin drugs, such as Elizabeth Edwards used,  to carry her youngest two children to full term?

Additional studies are needed to clarify the effects on cancer risk of fertility drugs, especially those used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization, said Louise Brinton, Chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch at NCI, co-author of an article on fertility drugs and breast cancer, to be published in June in Seminars in Reproductive Medicine.

Have you been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer after using fertility drugs? Please send us your story.

Are you an oncology nurse, who is noticing more and more patients have used fertility drugs? Please send us your story.

Let’s share our knowledge. Let’s support Louise Brinton as she advocates for a national study on fertility drugs and invasive breast cancer. We must find every possible way to reverse this epidemic-like trend of invasive breast cancer in our younger women.


posted by: Susan Wadia-Ells PhD, National Breast Cancer Prevention Project/Busting Breast Cancer ©



Louise A. Brinton, et al, Fertility Drugs and the Risk of Breast and Gynecologic Cancers, Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, Vol 30, No 2/2012  June 1, 2012

U.S. “Baby Business” (Infertility Services) Worth $4 Billion, Marketdata Enterprises, Inc. August 17, 2009

Eggs and SocietyBedford Stem Cell Research Foundation, Nov 4, 2011

Estimated Annual Increase in Cases of Invasive Breast Cancer in U.S. Women 2007-2011, , May, 2012

Facts on Contraceptive Use in the United States, In Brief, Guttmacher Institute, June 2010

Pike, M, et al, Estrogens, projestogens, normal breast cell proliferation, and breast cancer risk, Epidemiology Review 1993;15: 17-35



Busting Breast Cancer Raises over $1,000 in Stephen La Pierre Art Raffle

The Key West Busting Breast Cancer Raffle raised over $1,000, as the grand prize “Sign of Sandford”,  an original oil, by Stephen La Pierre, was raffled off during The Gardens Hotel’s, Mother’s Day  Jazz in the Garden. 

Doris Williams of Huntington Beach,CA was the grand prize winner.

“We want to thank every Key West resident and visitor who participated in this raffle that helps us  teach women how to  stop this unnecessary disease,” said Key West resident and Busting Breast Cancer’s national treasurer, Roxanne Fleszar.

“We hope that women will learn about Busting Breast Cancer’s 3 Easy Ways, and choose one or more of these safe and inexpensive lifestyles that can help stop breast cancer before it can start,” said Jody Smith Williams, local environmental leader and a volunteer with Busting Breast Cancer’s Public Health Initiative.

Plein air artist, Stephen La Pierre donated  the grand prize piece from his Key West Collection. La Pierre’s one man show, featuring The Architecture of Key West Literary Culture, will open December 15th at the Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House.

For more information on La Pierre’s Key West Collection, visit   



Key West Mom’s Day Raffle; Stephen La Pierre’s “Sign of Sandford” Gardens Hotel

Stephen La Pierre’s “Sign of Sandford”  will be raffled off on Sunday May 13 to benefit Busting Breast Cancer’s Public Health Initiative.

Tickets are $25  and can be purchased on line or at The Gardens’  free Sunday Jazz 5:30pm -8pm.

 Angela & Simonton Streets, Key West

Sunday May 12   5:30 pm  – 8 pm

free jazz in the garden  *  meet the artist  *  buy raffle ticket(s)

support Busting Breast Cancer


Only 120 tickets will be sold!!! tickets: $25@




Winning prize:

Stephen La Pierre’s original 16″ x 20″ framed oil painting, “Sign of Sandford“, in honor of Key West’s beloved artist Sandford Birdsey (1925-2010), captures  her Simonton Street home, studio  and gallery just month’s before the iconic water colorist’s death in 2010.  Current Value $3,000.Often described as a modern day Mario Sanchez,  La Pierre captures Key West architecture,  street life.  shadows,  sun and fun  in his stunning plein air dayscapes and nightscapes.


Purchase Tickets:

Sunday:  The Gardens Hotel   5:30 – 8pm  Jazz  in the Garden… free! 

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donate $25 = 1 ticket; $50 = 2 tickets; etc.

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All ticket sales support Busting Breast Cancer’s 2012  Public Health Initiative:

3 Easy Ways to Help Stop Breast Cancer before it starts


Stephen La Pierre

La Pierre, a  plein air oil painter,  resident of Old Town,  and native of Haverhill, MA, is a 2012  winner of an Anne McKee Artist Fund Grant. La Pierre’s  one-man show, The Architecture  of Key West Literary Culture will open at the Key West Historical Museum’s Custom House Gallery on Dec 15, 2012.   More about La Pierre’s Key West Collection.