As reported by breastcancer.org, 1 in 8 women will develop an invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, and about 40,000 women die from the disease annually. What can be done to prevent becoming a statistic, one might wonder. In fact, there are various measures you can take, as only 10% of breast cancer cases are actually related to genetics. In brief, cancer can be prevented through avoiding toxins, optimizing your vitamin D levels, healthy lifestyle changes, exercising, and cleaning up your diet.
According to recent research published in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, you can reduce your risk of breast cancer by avoiding certain chemicals found in common products can reduce your risk of breast cancer.
“Because the study found that animal tests are able to predict likely human breast carcinogens, the new report could serve as a major step forward in breast cancer prevention, expanding the list of possible breast cancer triggers. That’s especially important because only about 10 percent of breast cancers are genetic in nature—scientists believe environment plays a huge role…
‘Every woman in America has been exposed to chemicals that may increase her risk of getting breast cancer. Unfortunately, the link between toxic chemicals and breast cancer has largely been ignored,’ says Julia Brody, PhD, study author and executive director at Silent Spring Institute. ‘Reducing chemical exposures could save many, many women’s lives.’”
High Priority Chemicals to Avoid and Prevent Breast Cancer
- Flame retardants: Flame retardant products, rigid polyurethane foams, polyester resins and plastic polymers.
- Aromatic amines: Polyurethane, Azo dyes and pesticides.
- Halogenated organic solvents: Dry cleaning, food processing, paint and spot removers, hair spray, soil fumigants and gasoline additives.
- 1,3-Butadiene: Cigarette smoke, emissions from industrial facilities, and automobile exhaust.
- Endogenous and pharmaceutical hormones and other endocrine disrupting chemicals: Estrogens, DES, progesterone, and other hormones.
- MX: Genotoxic by-products of drinking water disinfection.
- Nitro-PAHs: Air pollution.
- Ochratoxin A: Contaminated nuts, grain, and pork products.
- Benzene: Paints, tobacco smoke, finishers, gasoline (riding in a car, pumping gasoline, and storing gasoline in a basement or attached garage), adhesive removers, sealants, and engine fuel and oils.
- Non-hormonal pharmaceuticals that have hormonal activity: Diuretic furosemide, the anti-fungal griseofulvin, and several anti-infective agents.
- Styrene: Food that has been in contact with polystyrene; consumer products and building materials like polystyrene, adhesives, carpets, hobby and craft supplies.
Key Dietary Guidelines
- Avoid sugar, especially fructose: All forms of sugar and harmful and promote cancer. Limit your total fructose intake to 25 grams a day.
- Limit protein and increase healthy fat: Most adults don’t need more than 100 grams of protein. Swap the eliminated protein and carbohydrates with fats like coconut oil, avocado oil, organic eggs, and high-quality meats.
- Get plenty of natural vitamin A: It has been scientifically shown that vitamin A plays an important role in preventing breast cancer. The best sources are raw butter, raw whole milk, chicken liver, and organic egg yolks.
- Get sufficient amounts of iodine: Iodine is needed for the synthesis of hormones, and the lack of it can contribute to the development of various health problems, including breast cancer.
- Nourish your gut: Nourishing the gut flora reduces inflammation and strengthens immune response, which in turn slows cancer progression and improves response to chemo. Consider probiotic supplements, but fermented foods work too.
- Avoid GMOs: Avoid genetically engineered foods which are typically treated with herbicides like Roundup (glyphosate).
- Avoid charring your meats: Charcoal and flame broiled meat is associated with increased breast cancer risk.
- Avoid unfermented soy products: Unfermented soy is high in plant estrogens, or phytoestrogens, which have been shown to increase breast cell proliferation.
- Drink a quart of organic green vegetable juice daily
- Add cancer-fighting whole foods, herbs, and spices to your diet: Broccoli is a good option.
- Curcumin: This compound can be extremely beneficial in the treatment of breast cancer thanks to its tremendous therapeutic potential.
- Avoid drinking alcohol: Or limit your alcoholic drinks to one daily.
Other Lifestyle Strategies for the Prevention of Breast Cancer
- Optimize your vitamin D: This vitamin is undoubtedly one of nature`s most powerful cancer fighters. Over 800 references in medical literature point to its effectiveness against cancer and its ability to induce apoptosis.
- Maintain a healthy body weight: Losing excess body fat is very important, because fat produces estrogen and fuels breast cancer.
- Improve your insulin/leptin receptor sensitivity: Avoid grains and sugar and exercise on a regular basis.
- Avoid xenoestrogens: These chemicals which mimic natural estrogens have been associated with various health effects, including an increased risk of breast cancer.
- Breastfeed exclusively for up to six months: It has been scientifically shown that this will reduce your breast cancer risk.
- Get enough sleep: Poor sleep interferes with melatonin production, which is linked to an increased risk of weight gain and increased risk of insulin resistance.
- Avoid wearing underwire bras: Metal underwire bras increase your breast cancer risk.