Over the past decade, real progress has been made in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. We now have more sophisticated tools to better understand, assess, and defeat this devastating disease. Even though we are making headway, it's important to remember we may never completely prevent or cure this disease. We must stay vigilant to continue refining and redefining our breast cancer approaches for greater prevention and survival rates.
For example, yes, there is a genetic component to breast cancer, but data suggests that 90 to 95 percent of cases are not hereditary. This means that while there are specific cancer-causing genes that influence the growth and spread of tumors, these genes were not necessarily inherited so much as activated by specific external factors: age, diet, environment, lifestyle, and many other potential triggers. While risk factors like age cannot be mitigated, other risk factors can be eliminated or reduced to help prevent the development of breast cancer.
Five things to avoid to prevent breast cancer:
1.Unnecessary radiation. Radiation is everywhere, from cellphones, microwaves and wireless electronics to more harmful (ionizing) radiation from X-rays, CT scans, and nuclear reactors. Regular exposure to various types of radiation can damage DNA, increase inflammation, and disrupt critical biological functions, so it should be avoided whenever possible. In particular, CT scans produce 500 times more radiation than standard X-rays, so be sure the scan is absolutely necessary before you consent to one.
2.Overexposure to toxins. We are regularly exposed to pesticides, heavy metals, environmental toxins, and estrogen-mimicking compounds in our food, in our households, and in some cases, even just being outdoors. These cancer-causing agents dial up the risk of cancer through various health-robbing effects, including those similar to radiation. Essentially, they mutate DNA, disrupt cell signaling, and impair numerous critical functions on the molecular level.