October is the month set aside for Breast Cancer Awareness. I have often struggled in my career with this topic. One thing in particular that has stood out to me is the large amounts of money that are collected that go toward research on breast cancer and cures. Don't get me wrong this is a good thing however, I personally have never donated to the "reactionary action" for this reason. I choose and have chosen to put my money in prevention and knowledge. The World Health Organization (WHO) says 70% of cancers are preventable with changes in lifestyle and diet. There are many ways to do this.
Through education and prevention we can cut the risks and fall into what the WHO is talking about, prevention.
Before I get to some options that I do to be in prevention mode, let talk about a few things first.
Too often I hear of women (mostly) who find themselves facing a cancer diagnosis and trying to scramble for information. This in my opinion is NOT the time to be educating oneself in various types of options, modalities or treatments. The best time is before any issue arises.
If you find yourself suspecting breast cancer
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Now that we got all that out of the way let's talk Prevention!
Schedule your free 5 minute phone call to find out more information about this week’s topic or which prevention protocol is best for you. You may also find some options here.
Some great resources are apps such as Think Dirty, Healthy Living and Good Guide to check the safety of products.
*Genetic testing is not for everyone: "Nearly 10% of breast and ovarian cancers develop as a direct consequence of an inherited flaw in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. The protein products of these genes suppress the development of cancer, in part by repairing damage in other genes. Choosing to be tested for breast and ovarian cancer risk is a complicated task, however. It takes into account concerns about insurance liability, family dynamics, and an individual's psychological needs. From the limited research, evidence suggests that for individuals in high-risk families it is more beneficial to know than not to know one's genetic status. Education and counseling may improve public perception about genetic testing for breast cancer." (PubMed)
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