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Promoting Healthy Breast Tissue in Cincinnati
Studies show that 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first degree relative (mother, sister or daughter) with breast cancer. However, 85% of women who develop breast cancer do NOT have a family history.
If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may be a candidate for genetic testing to look for hereditary DNA mutations that increase your risk. Our office offers Myriad MyRisk genetic testing. We recommend you perform a monthly self-breast exam, get a clinical breast exam annually with your healthcare provider, and an annual mammogram starting at age 40. If you have silicone breast implants, you also need a breast MRI every 3 years. If you have dense breasts on mammography, additional testing (like MRIs) are recommended to improve breast cancer detection.
The following recommendations may promote healthier breast tissue
HEALTHY ESTROGEN METABOLISM There are healthy estrogen metabolism pathways and unhealthy ones. The healthy pathways help protect against dementia and osteoporosis, the unhealthy promote breast cancer. To promote the healthy estrogen metabolism pathways:
- Eat at least 1 serving of cruciferous vegetables daily (broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, kale, radish)
- EstroDim is a supplement that supports proper estrogen metabolism.
SUPPLEMENTATION WITH SELENIUM, IODINE AND B VITAMINS has been shown to promote healthier breast tissue. These vitamins are difficult to obtain through diet alone.
OPTIMIZE VITAMIN D 90% of ordinary breast cancers may be related to a Vitamin D deficiency.
CHOOSE ORGANIC AND HORMONE-FREE MEAT, MILK, EGGS AND PRODUCE This will reduce your exposure to unwanted pesticides and hormones.
AVOID EXCESS SUGAR Elevated blood sugar and insulin levels increases your estrogen level, which in turn increases your risk of breast cancer.
REGULAR EXERCISE 150 minutes weekly helps maintain body weight and prevent insulin resistance.
ADEQUATE SLEEP 7-9 hours of sleep per night is the amount needed. Less than 6-7 hours of sleep per night increases the risk of disease, including breast cancer.
REDUCE TOXIC EXPOSURE “Endocrine disruptors” are chemicals found in everyday products that can disrupt normal breast development, induce early puberty and increase breast cancer risk. Among the most common are BPA, phthalates, Triclosan, and parabens. For a complete list visit www.breastcancerfund.org
GUT HEATH Having a healthy gut microbiome will strengthen your immune system, help with digestion and estrogen detoxification.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT In postmenopausal women, having a high percentage of body fat is the #1 risk factor for breast cancer.
AVOID EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL Limit your intake to no more than 1 drink per day and 5 per week.
ADDRESS ABNORMAL CORTISOL LEVELS Adrenal dysfunction is often related to chronic stress.
CONSIDER TESTING FOR MTHFR This is a genetic mutation that impacts our methylation, the process through which we remove toxins and allow our enzymes to work efficiently.
- EstroDim (2 caps/day)
- Methyl CPG (1 cap/day)
- Selenium-Iodide (1/day)
- OrthoOmega (1-2 caps/day(
- Vitamin D (50,000IU/week or 5,000IU/day)
- Orthobiotic (1-2 caps/day)
- Fiber Plus (3 caps/daily)
- 7 Day Detox Kit (2-3 times per year)
- Essential Estrogens Urine Test (provider recommended)
- Cortisol Saliva Testing (provider recommended)
The statements made regarding these products/treatments have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products/treatments are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, including breast cancer.