Younger Florida Women Face Rising Breast Cancer Rates

More and 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 in breast cancer in the state’s younger women, according to the Florida  Statewide Cancer Registry.

Sadly,  Florida’s younger women are not alone. In 2007, 83 out of 100,000 Massachusetts women under 50 were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer,  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 years of age, experience significantly less invasive breast cancer, with 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 a U.S. Congress, unlike the European Union,  that still refuses to ban growth hormones from  U.S. dairy and meat products,  are two contributing factors to younger U.S. women now having the highest breast cancer rates in the world,” according to Susan Wadia-Ells, PhD, author of the forthcoming book, Busting Breast Cancer… with four simple steps to keep breast cancer out of your body: Our Personal Revolution, (Girl Friday Productions, Dec 2018).

Busting Breast Cancer is the result of a ten year  virtually-volunteer research project, uncovering ignored, un-funded and misrepresented studies on  how and why breast cancer begins in some women, but not in others.  Busting Breast Cancer translates  this old and new research  into biologically-based, healthy and affordable prevention steps  individual women can follow.

Today, most breast cancer organizations and clinics  in Florida and in other states,  are still not teaching this new prevention information to women. Instead,  millions of dollars are spent each year to urge women under 50 to  use ionizing  radiation (mammograms) to identify atypical breast cells, also called “Stage Zero” breast cancer or DCIS.

Once such women, of all ages,  are identified, they are  often encouraged to begin toxic breast cancer treatments including  lumpectomy surgery,  radiation, and chemotherapy. More recently,  women who have excellent medical insurance coverage, are being encouraged to actually consider single and double breast amputations, although they remain cancer-free..since these  atypical or “Stage Zero” breast cells are not cancerous.

All women,  including those diagnosed with  “atypical” breast cells, always have  another option. Taking control of restoring their own optimal health,  by using  simple, healthy prevention steps that  nourish breast cells, rather than choosing toxic and expensive breast mutilation.

Busting Breast Cancer describes and explains the importance of such steps, including  using   adequate amounts of vitamin D3 supplements and  safe tanning to fortify their immune system;  choosing hormone-free birth control methods to avoid the toxicity of chemical progestin, contain in all birth control drugs,   lowering  whole body inflammation by losing excess body fat,  and by lowering daily stress.

“Given our for- profit sick care system, U.S. women are  currently the only group  with the self -interest and the ability to keep  most breast cancer out of  our  own bodies.” said Wadia-Ells.

For more information:  www.bustingbreastcancer.com

 

 

 

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

U.S.women, under 45 years old,   experienced a 12 percent annual increase in invasive breast cancer between  2007 and 2011.  Why?

Busting Breast Cancer recently uncovered this epidemic-like trend compiling state-based data or estimated cases by age, collected by the North American Association of National Cancer Registries and published bi-annually by the American Cancer Society, in their booklet: Breast Cancer Facts and Figures.

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, used in contraceptive and some fertility drugs,  when understood through the lens of the metabolic theory of cancer,  can  damage mitochondia and increase cell proliferation, thus initiating and/or accelerating  cancerous breast cells and thus the growth of cancerous tumors.

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. So long as federal cancer agencies continue to receive large amounts of annual funding from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, there appears to be little interest in  researching the connectoins between these drugs and younger women’s increasing breast cancer rates.

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/estridiol in some of the IVF (in vitro fertilization) drugs? Is it the progestin drugs, such as Elizabeth Edwards used,  enabling her 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.

 

 

 

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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, www.bustingbreastcancer.org , 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

Daniel Schramek, Josef Penninger, Laurie Glimcher, et al, Osteoclast differentiation factor RANKL controls development of progestin-driven mammary cancer,  Nature,  October, 2010 

 

 

Dr. Mercola Urges Increases in Vitamin D3 Levels

The Truth About Breast Cancer is ecstatic to learn that a leading holistic MD, Dr. Joseph Mercola, has now joined KnowBreastCancer in urging all women to increase their Vitamin D3 levels ASAP!

Dr. Mercola, with the most popular natural health website on the internet, www.mercola.com, agrees with Dr. Cedric Garland’s DINOMIT Theory of cancer as the fastest way we can turn breast cancer into a rare disease.

If women can get their Vitamin D3 blood levels up to a level of 60-80 ng/ml, mastectomies and reconstruction surgeries may soon become history!

Currently, the American Cancer Society, the Institute of Medicine, and national pink ribbon groups don’t talk to women about this inexpensive and effective option as a way to stop breast cancer before it can start. Unfortunately, their focus is  usually limited to finding a cure; with much of these non-profits’ budgets supplied  by big pharma and radiology companies that give millions of dollars in donations each year to these for- the- cure groups.

Another helpful site that encourages women to use enough  vitamin D3 supplements every day to reach 60 ng/ml – 80-ng/ml, to help stop breast cancer before it can start is Grassroots Health, a national public health  organization www.grassrootshealth.net.

Coming up next time on The Truth About Breast Cancer:  The relationship between inflammation and  breast cancer.

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American Cancer Society Report is Misleading; younger women getting more triple negative, estrogen positive & HER2+ breast cancers

Women of childbearing age, in many states around the U.S. today, face historically high invasive breast cancer levels. The American Cancer Society’s (ACS’) recent study, published Feb 22, in the American Association for Cancer Research, is incorrect when it says breast cancer rates are not changing for younger women.

In Massachusetts, younger women (under 50), saw a 45% increase in invasive breast cancer between 1995-2007; younger women in Colorado saw a 27% increase between 1990-2008, and younger women in Florida saw a 40% increase between 1984-2008.

The American Cancer Society’s February, 2011 report doesn’t count the actual number of women diagnosed in each state; instead, it uses an estimate, based on a formula, based on 9% of the U.S. population.

To know the real story, we need to count every woman who is affected, and we need to have those numbers published for all of us to see and understand.

Contact you state cancer board and ask them how many younger women developed invasive breast cancers last year, compared to the past five or ten years. Also ask them, how many of these younger women were diagnosed with triple negative, HER2+ and estrogen receptor positive breast cancers.

We need this specific information, not estimates. Keeping women in the dark when it comes to these critical numbers, makes it impossible to measure any positive changes, as women try easy and healthy ways to stop breast cancer before it starts.

Enough Vitamin D3 will stop breast cancer before it can start!


Make sure you have a high level of Vitamin D3 in your body.
This is one incredibly important way to block breast cancer cells from happening to you.. ever or never again.
Get a blood test to find your current D3 level
Start taking over- the -counter Vit D3 supplements each day to reach the magical 60 -80 ng/ml blood level
The blood test is called: The 25-hydroxy vitamin D test
See how and why it is important to keep your vitamin D3 blood level at 60-80 ng/ml..
Then do it!!! it’s easy and cheap too!
Make sure to check out this video as well!!!!!

U. S. Breast Cancer Epidemic Hitting Young Moms and Other Women of Childbearing Age

In   2009, about 62,520 women of childbearing age in the United States were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.  This is a whopping 41% increase from 2001, when approximately 44, 300 women of childbearing age were reportedly diagnosed with the disease, according to recent American Cancer Society statistics.

These younger American women are being hit with triple negative, HER2 positive and estrogen positive breast cancers; diseases  that usually maim, sometimes kill and often bankrupt a woman’s current and future financial situation.

In recent years young media leaders and celebrities have shared their personal breast cancer diagnoses, including Fox News political reporter Jennifer Griffin (triple negative); ABC’s Good Morning America host,  Robin Roberts (triple negative); National Public Radio’s Tavis Smiley Show Executive Producer,  Sheryl Flowers, who died from triple negative breast cancer in 2009 at the age of 42, folksinger Melissa Ethridge (HER2 positive) and film star, Christina Applegate.

Why is this new epidemic happening to our younger women? How can younger women help stop breast cancer from happening to them ever… or never again?

For more information on why younger women in the U.S. are facing this current breast cancer epidemic, and for specific ways each woman can help lower her risk of developing breast cancer ever… or never again, sign on to The Truth About Breast Cancer blog  http://www.thetruthaboutbreastcancer.com
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Taking Tamoxifen or using birth control drugs can increase risk of triple negative breast cancer 4-fold

May 6, 2010

Manchester by the Sea, MA

A woman’s risk of developing aggressive triple negative breast cancer seems to increase 4- fold for individuals who are either taking birth control drugs or are taking the breast cancer drug, Tamoxifen.

Both pieces of research out of the Seattle- based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and published in different scientific journals in 2009,  include important facts for women who are currently using either of these drugs, or considering the use of either drug.

Unfortunately neither the American Cancer Society, nor Susan G. Komen for the Cure have yet to  mention either of these recent and alarming studies on their websites as  of May 7, 2010.

WHY??

If the American Cancer Society is  considered by many to be our unofficial  national cancer prevention organization ; if Susan G Komen is considered to be  our leading national non profit on breast cancer education,  why isn’t either group sounding an alarm about using birth control drugs or using Tamoxifen?

A possible answer: Pharmaceutical companies that make billions from contraceptive drugs and billions from the sale of Tamoxifen each year,  also give hundreds of millions to the American Cancer Society and to  Komen each year.  Perhaps, these  non-profits  are unwilling  to bite the hands that feed them.

Meanwhile,   younger  women who use birth control drugs, and older women who remain on the drug Tamoxifen,   are left more vulnerable than other women for developing triple negative breast cancer,   a fast-growing cancer,   when it develops in younger women. Meanwhile, the disease  continues to affect more and more women of all ages, each year, in the United States.

Triple Negative now represents 15% to 20% of all new invasive breast cancer diagnoses, striking younger women more often than older women and striking a disproportionate number of younger black women compared to  white women.

Research studies  cited in today’s post:

Jennifer Dolle, et al, Risk Factors for Triple Negative Breast Cancer in Women Under the Age of 45 Years , Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 2009; 18 (4) April 2009.

Christopher Li, MD PhD, Long-term tamoxifen use increases the risk of an aggressive, difficult to treat type of second breast cancer, Cancer Research, August 25, 2009,

 

 

Breast Cancer survivor credits vitamin D for recovery

Listen to your doctor and also take enough vitamin D to get your blood serum levels up to 60-80 ng/ml is the word out of Toronto for Rhonda Abrams, diagnosed with stage IV invasive breast cancer five years ago.

Given two years to survive, in spite of following the medical protocol, Abrams read the new research on how enough Vitamin D3 can prevent tumor formation.

She took her life in her own hands and began supplementing her diet with enough daily Vitamin D3 to raise her       blood levels to the magical 60-80ng/ml.  Today her breast  cancer remains in remission.

Read about how Vitamin D3 can help protect you from developing breast cancer ever or never again at www.knowbreastcancer.net

And remember that the breast cancer detection and  treatment industy (oncology centers, “breast health” centers and drug companies) is not interested in teaching women how to avoid an initial breast cancer diagnosis.

Prevention is not their business;  prevention is not their job.

But prevention is your business and my business. We can learn how to take care of  our own health.

Read  Rhonda Abrams’ amazing story  in the Toronto Star:

 

Thermography: safer, more accurate than mammograms

February 13. 2010

I recently had a full body European thermogram instead of a screening mammogram. Happily,  I learned that I have no tumors in my breasts, nor do I have any inflammation there, which can be an early warning sign for future  atypical cells (DCIS) or various types of actual breast cancer.

The thermogram took place in the practitioner’s office, where she had me wear a long sleeved  button-down- the- front shirt with no bra and had me strip to my underpants.

She then touched her electromagnetic wand to   various points on my body… from head to pelvis, while the computer compiled the temperature of each point.

The worse part was having to stand fairly naked for ten minutes while my body cooled down! The practitioner again passed the wand over those same body points, as the computer took a second reading of my now cooled- off body.  BRRR!!!!

Five minutes later, the computer printed off a diagram, along with  an analysis of my body’s cool and hot spots!

I   recently  learned that there are two types of thermography,  both types  being safer and more accurate than screening mammograms.

The full- body European type, that I experienced, uses electromagnetic pulses, while the more common type of thermogram uses thermal imaging.

The European type offers a functional assessment of the nervous system and is more readily accepted by medical insurance companies. But both types of thermograms are usually done on the entire body, as the breasts are integrally linked to the rest of your body!  duh!!

For example, if your left breast shows inflammation, but not your right breast, your full body thermogram might show a core of inflammation in your left shoulder  that radiates over to your left breast; Hence as in everything in life.. it is always important to get the full picture, so you can  locate  the actual  source of a problem.

Two clinics that offer European Thermography (also called computer regulated thermography ) in New England are : Jackie Bell Natural Health in Cambridge, MA  www.naturalbell.com and Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster, VT www.sojourns.org

As more and more women use some type of thermography,  instead of choosing to have an annual or biannual mammogram, I predict that breast health clinics and medical centers will complain or shout  that “mammograms are safer” … until these same  clinics decided to switch over to thermography as well!

But right now, many breast health clinics and medical centers  need to pay off the cost of their new digital mammography machines , so they will probably continue to be huge marketing pressure put on women of various ages to have an annual screening mammogram rather than a thermogram.

For those of us who like to think for ourselves, and limit the amount of radiation that touches any part of our bodies, it is nice that some of us now have the  thermography option.

Dr Mercola,   America’s #1 on-line natural health MD, agrees that thermograms are safer and better than mammograms. Check out his video on thermography for breast cancer prevention)

 

 

Mammograms do not prevent breast cancer

Breast health centers, affiliated with medical centers around the U.S., are up in arms. Breast imaging radiologists are about to lose one third of their clients because a federal advisory panel just said that women, younger than 50, should not have an annual or bi-annual mammogram.

With fewer mammograms being given, oncologists are also going to see a sharp drop in their income from  “Stage Zero” or “ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)” , also called “atypical breast cells ”  patients. These small, non cancerous, often calcified,  portions of a milk duct,  can  only be found  by using an x-ray.  But atypical cells, or Stage Zero breast cancer, or DCIS, is the  predominant diagnosis among  women in their 40’s who  have annual screening mammograms.

Given the misnomer,  “stage zero breast cancer” (stage zero means that you don’t have breast cancer), the U.S. cancer industry often treats these irregular cells as though they are cancerous, with surgeons performing biopsies, lumpectomies, recommending radiation and estrogen-lowering drugs, and even suggesting the idea of single or double mastectomies if patients want to avoid further treatment or eliminate any risks of developing invasive breast cancer in the future. Foul ball!

At a national conference on DCIS this past September, experts agreed that we know next to nothing about these atypical cells,  except how to find them. The National Breast Cancer Coalition is recommending changing the term DCIS to “atypical hyperplasia,” in order to lower the fear factor that now strikes women when told they have a “ductal carcinoma in situ” or “stage zero breast cancer.”  It would be nice if  honesty about these non-cancerous cells could see the light of day.

Meanwhile, until last week, the U.S. was the only nation in the world that encouraged, or even allowed women during their 40’s,  to go near a mammography machine.  Over the years,  Canadian and European medical practitioners have watched the U.S. mammogram policy in disbelief.

Here is an email I received a few weeks ago from Paula, a 50 year old mother of two, diagnosed with DCIS after having an annual screening mammogram in 2007.

“You may not remember me but I was one of those women who were at one of your first meetings who broke down in tears after having just learned we had breast cancer. …. I went on to research my diagnosis and options.

It turns out I had a very low grade slow growing in situ for which I had a lumpextory (sic).  I refused radiation and refused to take tamoxifen — much to the chagrin of my doctors. I am recurrence free after   2 years and continually fighting all the recommended MRI’s (toxic dye solutions) and most of those additional mammograms they keep trying to give me. I am probably one of those over-diagnosed and over-treated women who are swelling the ranks of “breast cancer” survivors.”

Now that women like Paula will be spared annual screening mammograms in their 40’s,  those hospital- sponsored “breast health centers” , that have sprouted up around the country,  stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues,  as  Paula, along with a huge chunk of their youngest clients disappear.

More women should read the full report on what participants at that recent national conference had to say about what we don’t know about DCIS  and what we need to know about DCIS or “Stage Zero” breast cancer.