Every year nearly 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, that’s the equivalent of one person every 10 minutes 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime
What is really disturbing is the speed at which breast cancer rates have risen over the past 5 decades. In 1960, one in twenty women were diagnosed—but today, it is one in seven.
The following are some important facts about this type of cancer:
Unfortunately, the current medical paradigm is relatively clueless about what causes breast cancer and how to effectively treat it. Most conventional cancer treatments actually add insult to injury by doing more harm than good—a fact that up to this point has been swept under the rug by the medical industry.
The human body needs vitamins and minerals to function properly and prevent disease, and this may include cancer. While breast cancer is not preventable, there are vitamins that have been shown to possibly reduce the risk of developing the disease. If you have a personal or family history of breast cancer, talk with your doctor about which vitamins can help to reduce breast cancer, and whether any of these supplements could benefit you specifically.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be added to foods, but it is naturally found in only a few foods, such as salmon and cod liver oil. The human body also produces vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight. This vitamin promotes the body's absorption of calcium and maintains appropriate levels of calcium and phosphate for bones to be healthy, says the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Vitamin D may also help decrease the risk of developing certain cancers, including breast cancer. According to a 2008 study by Dr. Michael F. Holick, published in the "Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology," there is an approximate 30 to 50 percent reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer if an individual increases vitamin D intake to at least 1,000 IU, or international units, daily. Ask your health care provider whether this is a safe option for you.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and it works with vitamin D. It is necessary for proper muscle contraction, intracellular signaling and nerve function and build strong bones and teeth. The Office of Dietary Supplements states that women between the ages of 19 and 50 should consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily, and women 51 and older should consume 1,200 mg daily. Calcium and vitamin D interact chemically in the body, and inadequate calcium levels may increase the risk of certain cancers, states Dr. Meinrad Peterlik et al in a 2009 study published in "Anticancer Research." These two supplements work together to reduce breast cancer risk, which is why it is crucial to get enough calcium.
Another fat-soluble vitamin that may be associated with a reduced breast cancer risk is vitamin E. This vitamin is an antioxidant and protects cells against free radical damage. The University of Maryland states that individuals diagnosed with cancer typically have lower levels of vitamin E. According to MayoClinic.com, vitamin E has been named as a possible preventive therapy for breast cancer, but study results are mixed, with some studies finding no beneficial effect.
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Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!