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.

The Truth: Some Types of Soy Prevent Breast Cancer

I know this is called Breast Cancer Awareness Month..so let’s be aware about the benefits of eating fermented soy a few times a week if you want to help prevent breast cancer.. or a recurrence of breast cancer.

Two recent   landmark studies of Chinese women and one of  Asian American women  illustrated how women who eat fermented soy foods can decrease their risk of developing breast cancer by 59%.  This is an astounding figure!!

Remember.. those who recommend you take a toxic drug to prevent breast cancer.. and warn you away from merely eating fermented organic soy.. are usually making money each time you purchase your monthly supply of these drugs.. or they receive million dollar grants from the drug companies who sell these breast cancer drugs.

Too many folks are interested in breast cancer awareness… for the big money they can make from unsuspecting patients.

So just  ignore the scare tactics of the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen and other commercially-funded breast cancer organizations when it comes to eating soy.  Remember that we are talking about fermented organic soy foods and there is solid evidence supporting adding  fermented foods to your diet every day.

And if you  have been treated for breast cancer in the past and your  bank account still has a few extra $$$$ in it, take yourself to Canyon Ranch  for a week or a weekend and learn how to keep your body’s estrogen and progesterone  levels nicely balanced,  by eating fermented soy, instead of popping an arimidex RX each day.

Arimidex & Atrazine: Money money money

February 9, 2009

Each month, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment or CHE, sponsors a conference call for members. As the director of  Know Breast Cancer, I am able to stay up- to -date on new research that continues to link our high U.S. breast cancer rates to many things in our environment.  Now it appears we  really need to wonder what  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is  all about when October rolls around again. 

Dr Tyrone Hayes was the guest speaker on  last month’s conference call. He had a few things to say about the pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca, the original manufacturer of Tamoxifen;  the same company that now brings us Arimidex. This is not a pretty story. 

Astra Zeneca, the corporate founder, and editor of  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month  has no moral conscience.. just money on their minds.

Astra Zeneca co-owns Syngenta, the company that manufactures Atrazine.  This popular pesticide acts as a chemical estrogen or aromatase enhancer,  and pollutes rain water, rivers and produce  across the United States.  Many laboratory studies have shown that Atrazine, now banned in Europe, increases the risk of prostate, breast and ovarian cancers in lab animals and in humans.

Astra Zeneca also manufactures Arimidex, one of the aromatase inhibitor drugs, used to protect individuals against a recurrence of estrogen positive breast cancer. Arimidex works by blocking  aromatase or future estrogen levels in the body.

This means that women who eat produce and grains and drink water tainted by Astra Zeneca’s Atrazine pesticide, increase their risk of developing breast cancer. But now women  can also  purchase Astra Zeneca’s Arimidex, to help them survive, once they actually develop estrogen positive breast cancer.

How do these corporate fathers and mothers of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month sleep at night come October,  when  it is time to bring out the pink ribbons?

Dr Tyrone Hayes, an award-winning tenured professor of biology at the University of California at Berkeley discovered  Atrazine’s adverse hormonal effects on laboratory animals  while working for Astra Zeneca as a research consultant. Hayes has now named Astra Zeneca a one-stop shopping experience. See his website www.atrazinelovers.com

 

Water Filters: One of Many Ways to Reduce Your Current Breast Cancer Risk Level

February 1, 2009

Do you know that  much of our tap water  and well water is polluted  with animal and human estrogen and other hormones… thanks to millions of women using contraceptive drugs, estrogen replacement drugs and fertility pills?   

Thanks to folks eating  animal growth hormones in most beef, chicken and milk these days.

Thanks  to Atrazine, the #2 most popular pesticide that pollutes our rivers and  rainwater.

A recent study by Silent Spring Institute (www.silentspring.org) shows that septic systems are not able to filter out all of those estrogens from our sewage.

The Silent Spring study helps us understand why many of us now must drink a hormone soup from our tap each day, pushing up our breast cancer risk level with each sip. (Pun not intended!) 

All of these natural and artificial hormones end up in our tap water and then in our bodies. This extra estrogen in our bodies, sometimes helps to create breast cancer. What goes round, comes round.

Meanwhile we also need to take chlorine , OUT of our drinking water and OUT of our shower! The combo of hot chlorinated water hitting a vinyl shower curtain and then us breathing in this steaming mixture of chemical hormones while enclosed in a wet cocoon in not a healthy picture!

Chlorine may be important when it comes to killing off nasty bugs in our municipal water supply; but we do not need to drink or breathe it too, thank you very much!

Today a water filter for the kitchen sink and one for the shower need to be basic home equipment, right along side indoor plumbing and a fridge.

There are many water filters on the market today. So it is important to get educated when you are ready to buy a filter for your home water supply, or for your kitchen sink or for your shower and bath tub taps.

In searching the internet for such a basic education on water filters, I happily discovered Tim Hickey out in Nevada City California. A Boston transplant, Tim takes his water filters seriously . His website www.friendsofwater.com   can also be called water filters 101.  So take your time when it is time to get ready to buy a decent home water filter system or just a filter for your kitchen tap or shower head. 

 Tim will also consult with you for free and ship you whatever economical filter meets your needs. Anti-chlorine & anti-hormone?  or just anti-fluoride or a customized combo?

Tim recently also agreed to become one of Know Breast Cancer’s first Prevention Products Companies. This means that you can go to www.knowbreastcancer.net/products.html and find a link to Tim’s website, along with a few other of our pioneering prevention products companies.

In the coming days and weeks, you will see us adding many more prevention product company links to our website.  We are now out on the net everyday, looking for companies that offer multiple types of products that can help keep a person’s estrogen levels low low low… thus reducing the risk of developing breast cancer. 

From water filters, to organic citrus, to paraben-free eye cream and lead free lipsticks, to glass refrigerator storage containers, to no-wire underwire bras and wild yam supplements to keep your hormones balanced, our prevention products pages will make it fun and pretty easy for  you to start living a better -safe -than -sorry lifesyle today!

Our Prevention Products Pages can  help you easily  find wonderful prevention products companies,  help  these companies  enjoy  increased sales of  their good stuff, and help Know Breast Cancer increase our contributions from happy site visitors and happy companies.  This should be a win- win situation.

Back to water filters…. and understanding all of the environmental causes/connections to breast cancer:

1st download a free copy of the Breast Cancer Fund’s 2008 State of the Evidence Report, “The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment” at www.breastcancerfund.org to understand what is polluting our drinking water.

Or just contact  Tim and figure out what type of water filter you need, and enjoy decades of healthy water from www.friendsofwater.com