Younger Florida Women Face Rising Breast Cancer Rates

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.

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Breast Cancer rates soar for post menopausal women taking statin drugs

Breast Cancer Risk Increases by 85-97 percent in Women, 55-74 years old,  Who Use Statin Drugs for 10 years

No wonder breast cancer rates for  postmenopausal women are possibly  the highest/the most horrible in the world; with the National Cancer Institute’s Philip  Rosenberg recently predicting that current breast cancer rates in post-menopausal  women will increase 50 percent  by 2030 as  baby boomer women grow older.  The culprit, it turns out, is not so much age… as the drugs these women have been  asked to take.

We already know about those progestin based HRT drugs... they raise breast cancer incidence by 26 percent in  post menopausal women  who use Prempro and other “combo” HRT drugs.

Next we learn that  breast cancer risk increases by 91 percent in this same age group, among those who have taken  statin drugs for more than ten years. We are talking about  drugs with names such as: Zocor, Mevacor, Cresto, Pravachol and Vytorin. 

Aside from being a huge money- making product  for pharmaceutical companies,  statins are now causing lots of unnecessary breast cancer diagnoses.  According to a study from nationally respected epidemiologists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle,  older women who take these drugs for more than 10 years have an 83% increase in invasive ductal carcinoma and a 97%increase in invasive lobular carcinoma.

And to make this whole troubling statin scenario even more worrisome, we are also learning that statin drugs do not even lower  a person’s heart attack risk; their alleged   goal in the first place.

Just as few physicians are aware of this 2013 statin and breast cancer study, the medical profession also seems unaware of the fact that most individuals’ blood cholesterol readings have little to do with the amount of  good or bad fats a person eats every day.

Best selling authors, Drs David Brownstein and David Perlmutter,  have both uncovered many of these  anti-statin research studies that have long been ignored or left unfunded by our federal health agencies.

Meanwhile, Dr David Diamond, a professor at the University of South Florida, has discovered that drug company-sponsored or influenced studies on statin drugs over past years, have twisted statistics to make these drugs look like the good guys, when they are not.

See  Brownstein’s excellent post on this subject

Read Dr Perlmutter’s assessment of statins.

Listen to  Dr. Diamond’s expose of the false numbers used in many published statin studies.

Also see the : The Hutchinson Study:   Long-term statin use and risk of ductal and lobular breast cancer among women 55-74 years of age.


Some Foods can Block Breast Cancer Metastasis

More than 40 plant-based compounds,  that block or slow down breast and some other types of cancer metastasis, were  identified in a study published on line last month. Some of these protective foods include: amino acids; vitamin D3;  ginseng extract; lycopene, found in tomatoes; curcumin, found in tumeric; pomegranate juice and fish oil.

The study, by  pharmacology professor Gary Meadows, published in Cancer and Metastasis, was surprisingly , the first to focus on metastatic-blocking foods and supplements.

“Earlier studies by dozens of researchers have clearly identified many of these same foods as helping stop breast cancer before it can begin,” said Susan Wadia-Ells, author of the forthcoming book, Busting Breast Cancer: 7 Simple Steps to protect our daughters from this unnecessary disease, and founding director of the National Breast Cancer Prevention Project/Busting Breast Cancer.

“It’s comforting to know that women can enjoy both preventative and critical life-saving benefits from eating these healthy and inexpensive foods and supplements,” said Wadia-Ells.