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Breast Cancer Awareness

Monday, October 08, 2012

Good morning sparkers. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I'm posting this information from Dr. Ann Kulze. I hope it will be of benifit to you.

12 signs of breast cancer, revealed ~

A: Hardening , B : Pinching , C: Erosion , D: Red & Hot ,E: New fluid , F: Dimpling ,

G : puckering , H: Growing vein , I: Nipple retraction , J: Asymmetry , K: Orange skin ,

L: Invisible lump

Dr. Ann’s 10-Steps to Prevent Breast Cancer

1. Maintain a healthy body weight (BMI less than 25) throughout your life. Weight gain in midlife, independent of BMI, has been shown to significantly increase breast cancer risk. Additionally, and elevated BMI has been conclusively shown to increase the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer.

2. Minimize or avoid alcohol. Alcohol use is the most well established dietary risk factor for breast cancer. The Harvard Nurses’ Health study, along with several others, has shown consuming more than one alcoholic beverage a day can increase breast cancer risk by as much as 20-25 percent.

3. Consume as many fruits and vegetables as possible. Eat seven or more servings daily. The superstars for breast cancer protection include all cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower) ; dark leafy greens (collards, kale, spinach) ; carrots and tomatoes. The superstar fruits include citrus, berries and cherries. Note: it is best to eat cruciferous vegetables raw or lightly cooked, as some of the phytochemicals believed to offer protection against breast cancer are destroyed by heat.

4. Exercise regularly the rest of your life. Many studies have shown that regular exercise provides powerful protection against breast cancer. Aim for 30 minutes or more of moderate aerobic activity (brisk walking) five or more days a week. Consistency and duration, not intensity, are key!

5. Do your fats right! The type of fat in your diet can affect your breast cancer risk. Minimize consumption of omega-6 fats (sunflower, safflower, corn and cottonseed oils), saturated fats and trans fats. Maximize your intake of omega-3 fats, especially from oily fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, lake trout and herring). Consume monounsaturated oils (canola, olive oil, nuts/seeds, avocados) as your primary fat source, as these foods have potential anticancer properties. Specifically, canola oil is a good source of omega-3 fats; extra virgin olive oil is a potent source of antioxidant polyphenols, including squalene; and nuts and seeds provide you with the cancer protective mineral, selenium.

6. Do your carbs right! Minimize consumption of the high glycemic index, “Great White Hazards” – white flour, white rice, white potatoes, sugar and products containing them. These foods trigger hormonal changes that promote cellular growth in breast tissue. Replace these “wrong” carbs with whole grains and beans/legumes. Beans/legumes because of their high fiber and lignan content are especially special.

7. Consume whole food soy products regularly, such as tofu, tempeh, edamame, roasted soy nuts, soy milk and miso. Only consume organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) soy. Epidemiologic studies have shown a positive association between soy consumption and reduced breast cancer risk.

8. Minimize exposure to pharmacologic estrogens and xeno-estrogens. Do not take prescription estrogens unless medically indicated. Lifetime exposure to estrogen plays a fundamental role in the development of breast cancer. Also avoid estrogen-like compounds found in environmental pollutants, such as pesticides and industrial chemicals. Buy organic produce if you can afford it; otherwise, thoroughly wash all non-organic produce. Minimize exposure to residual hormones found in non-organic dairy products, meat and poultry.

9. Take your supplements daily. A multivitamin, 500-1,000 mg of vitamin C in divided doses, 200-400 IUs of vitamin E as mixed tocopherols, and pharmaceutical grade fish oil. Also take 200 mcg of the mineral selenium or eat one to two Brazil nuts as an alternative. If you have a chronic medical condition or take prescription drugs, consult your physician first.

10. Maintain a positive mental outlook. Engage in self-nurturing behaviors regularly. Develop rich, warm and mutually beneficial relationships with family and friends. Get adequate sleep (7-8 hours per night). The mind-body associations with breast cancer are significant.From

From ; Ann Kulze, M.D.

Have a good day every body...and don't forget to make your monetary donations to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
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    This post has excellent up to date advice. Thank you for posting it. I hadn't realized the correlation between breast cancer and drinking alcohol was so strong. I am thinking of quitting drinking because of this post.
    1601 days ago
    Hi Carol! I "liked" this blog! Thanks for the great info/pics! I hope your new eating program is going well--sticking to what works for you. Some may say "boring," I say "comforting!" I look forward to your next blog, my Sparkfriend! Be well! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1687 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this information
    Something everyone needs to read and heed
    One day at a time
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    1691 days ago
    emoticon for posting this article.
    1692 days ago
    Fantastic article. Thank you for sharing it with us. I use to have my exam every October since it is awareness month. I need to make an appointment but have to go through the health department now and no telling when I will get in. Need to stay on top of this. Thanks again.
    1692 days ago
    Wow! What a great post. Thanks for sharing.
    1693 days ago

    Thank you SO MUCH for this!! Very informative and a good share.
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