One of the most difficult and at the same time most common diagnoses for any woman is definitely breast cancer. Everyone fears that it will bring a long period of treatment and maybe even death.
According to a research, 1 in every 8 women will have invasive breast cancer some time in her life. Almost 40,000 women lose their lives because of this disease every year.
So, what can you do to prevent yourself from this type of cancer. There are many things you can do.
Less than 10% of all types of breast cancer are connected to genetic risk factors. Staggering 90% are caused by environmental factors.
Almost every type of cancer can be prevented if you make some changes in your lifestyle. Start exercising often, intake plenty of vitamins and make sure you avoid toxins as much as you can, since they are considered to be one of the things that have a great role in the development of cancer.
Scientists Identify ‘Highest Priority’ Toxins for Breast Cancer Prevention
A recent research managed to prove that breast cancer can be avoided if you try to avoid some chemicals that are usually found in the everyday products. We are all exposed to chemicals and if we manage to avoid them, we can certainly prevent the appearance of breast cancer.
According to a previous research performed on rodents, even 216 chemicals increased their mammary gland tumors. 102 of those chemicals were present in the lives of women every day no matter if it was through some products, food, air pollution or medications.
Even 27 different carcinogens couldn’t be into the chemical categories that we’re going to present you. They were also considered to be of high priority. One of them was methyl eugenol that is used in processed foods as an artificial, but also as a natural flavoring. Another one was found in smoked meats and it’s the group of nitrosamines. This research also highlighted medical radiation e.g. the unnecessary mammograms as well as obesity as risk factors.
High Priority Chemicals to Avoid for Breast Cancer Prevention
- Flame retardants: Rigid polyurethane foams, flame retardant products, plastic polymers and polyester resins
- Acrylamide: Diet (French fries that are cooked at very high temperatures), polyacrylamide gels found in diapers and tobacco smoke
- Aromatic amines: Azo dyes, polyurethane, pesticides
- Benzene: Gasoline (pumping gasoline, riding in a car, storing gasoline in an attached garage or basement), adhesive removers, tobacco smoke, sealants, paints, engine fuel, oils and finishers
- Halogenated organic solvents: Gasoline additives, dry cleaning, food processing, hair spray propellant, paint and spot removers and soil fumigants
- Ethylene (EtO) and propylene oxide (PO): EtO is a gas which is used to sterilize food, medical equipment, clothing, spices, and musical instruments. It can also be found in auto exhaust and tobacco smoke. PO is a fumigant and sterilant. It can also be found in paint and automotive products
- 1,3-Butadiene: automobile exhaust, cigarette smoke, emissions from industrial facilities and gasoline fumes
- Heterocyclic amines: Tobacco smoke and meat that is cooked at high temperatures
- Endogenous and pharmaceutical hormones and other endocrine disrupting chemicals: DES, estrogens, progesterone
- Non-hormonal pharmaceuticals that have hormonal activity: the diuretic furosemide, 4 chemotherapeutic agents, the anti-fungal griseofulvin, several anti-infective agents and 2 veterinary drugs that are maybe present in food
- MX: One of the hundreds of genotoxic by-products of drinking water disinfection
- Perfluorooctanoic acid PFOA: Non-stick and stain-resistant coatings found on cookware, rugs, furniture and clothes; lubricants, fire-fighting applications, paints, adhesives, cosmetics
- Nitro-PAHs: Air pollution, mostly from diesel exhaust
- PAHs: Charred foods, tobacco smoke and air pollution
- Ochratoxin A (it’s a mycotoxin that’s occurring naturally): pork products, contaminated grain, and nuts
- Styrene: Food that has come in contact with polystyrene; consumer products, building materials, adhesives, carpets, home maintenance products hobby and craft supplies
Flame Retardants Do FAR More Harm Than Good…
Fire or flame retardants are commonly used in objects we use every day like the mattresses and numerous furnishings. They can cause various health problems like birth defects, lower IQ scores, kidney, testicular, breast and liver cancer, behavioral problems in children and infertility.
Flame-retardant chemicals are a part of the environment and are in the same class of chemicals as DDT and PCBs (organohalogens). These burn with other products and create cancer-causing dioxins and furans chemicals.
Make you always buy mattresses that are made of 100% wool or Kevlar because they are natural flame retardants and are without any added chemicals.
Antiperspirants and Cosmetics—Other Major Culprits
Some of the most common preservatives found in cosmetic products, antiperspirants and sun lotions are parabens. According to various studies, they have an estrogenic activity on the human breast cancer cells.
Other Breast Cancer Prevention Strategies
Some recent researches claim, that even 40% of the breast cancer cases could be prevented if people tried to live a healthier and happier life.
Key Dietary Guidelines
Some of the key guidelines you should try to do are these:
- Avoid sugar, but try to avoid fructose especially. You should also reduce the intake of processed foods.
- You must increase the healthy fats, but limit the amount of protein you intake. Use coconut oil, avocado, high-quality meat etc. You can also try the ketogenic diet.
- Intake great quantities of natural vitamin A. Intake plenty of raw butter, organic egg yolks, beef or chicken liver, raw whole milk etc.
- Intake plenty of vitamin D, too.
- You need to have sufficient amounts of iodine. We need it for the synthesis of our hormones.
- Your gut flora should be optimal. Make sure you avoid foods that can cause inflammation. The best type of foods for your guts is the fermented food.
- Avoid GMOs. They are treated with various dangerous chemicals which are considered to be carcinogenic.
- Don’t char the meat you eat. The meats which are charcoal or flame broiled are connected to a greater risk of breast cancer.
- Avoid soy products that aren’t fermented since they contain plenty of phytoestrogens also known as isoflavones.
- Drink a quart of organic green vegetable juice every day.
- Start using more cancer-fighting whole foods, spices and herbs. Intake more broccoli.
- Use more curcumin into your everyday diet. It has been found that it is useful against numerous types of cancer.
- Avoid drinking alcohol. Try to drink only 1 alcoholic drink every day.
Other Lifestyle Strategies for the Prevention of Breast Cancer
- Vitamin D is one of the most important cancer fighters. We need to intake it often. According to some researches, it has the ability to destroy cancer cells just like the drug called Tamoxifen.
- Always try to maintain a healthy body weight.
- The sensitivity of your insulin/leptin receptor should be improved.
- Avoid xenoestrogens which are synthetic chemicals that mimic natural estrogens.
- Breastfeed your children exclusively for up to 6 months.
- Make sure you never wear underwire bras.
- Make sure you avoid electromagnetic fields as much as you can. Try not to be exposed to base stations, Wi – fi stations, cell phones, x-rays, mammograms etc.
- You must sleep enough.
- Use tools that are effective against stress management. One of those is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Taking Control of Your Lifestyle Can Significantly Reduce Your Odds of Cancer
The most important thing is to detect breast cancer in time. Make sure you apply these guidelines and you’ll certainly decrease the risk of acquiring breast cancer. Live in a healthy and clean area where you won’t come into contact with various chemicals. Eat healthy food and try to use organic products, from shampoos to bed linens and laundry. They are non-toxic. Use more coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Only that will help you limit your exposure to toxins and prevent yourself from any type of cancer and not only breast cancer.