Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer in women. In younger women, this type of cancer is usually more aggressive and difficult to control. Many men may be surprised to learn that they also can get breast cancer. Men have breast tissue that develops in the same way as breast tissue in women, and is susceptible to cancer cells in a similar way. There are two types of breast cancer: non-invasive (has not spread to the surrounding tissue) and invasive (has spread to surrounding tissue). The most common type is non-invasive ductal carcinoma in-situ.
Signs to watch for:
- Changes in breast tissue – it is important to check your breast tissue to identify any thickening or lumps
- Nipple discharge or nipple inversion
- Dimpling or indentation of the breast tissue
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits
- Redness of the breast tissue
Breast cancer is caused by hereditary factors and lifestyle. Specifically, the primary causes of breast cancer are nutritional deficiencies, exposure to environmental toxicity, inflammation, and estrogen dominance and the resultant breakdown in genetic integrity and immune surveillance. Eating whole and unprocessed foods can decrease inflammation in the body and reduce the chances of developing breast cancer. Also, synthetic hormone replacement therapy has been indicated as causing elevated estrogen levels that are correlated with increased chance of breast cancer.
As naturopathic physicians at Rejuvena, we’d prefer to focus on breast health and ways to prevent breast cancer at the cellular level than put the emphasis on testing. Thermography is a far better screening method over mammography because there is no ionizing radiation involved. Women on HRT, those who have had breast augmentation, or individuals with fibrocystic breasts can also use thermography without major discrepancy in results. Thermography works by detecting increased blood flow and the metabolic processes of the breasts. Increased blood flow brings more heat to the area. It is recommended that those areas showing more heat should be investigated further as a tumor would increase blood flow to supply nutrients for it to grow. This differentiation in temperature can show signs of a pre-cancerous state or an infection.
Thermography technology can detect breast cancer almost 10 years in advance as it can show small changes in temperature to the area. Having a continued abnormal thermogram over the years can give a woman knowledge that something is amiss and start prevention care immediately. You can start the screening process even in your early thirties to be proactive. Rejuvena recently began offering this service – call today to book your appointment!
Here are some additional tips for prevention:
- Avoid drinking out of plastic water bottles, canned food, and food additives because they contain endocrine disruptors.
- Avoid synthetic hormone use, including oral contraceptive pills (discuss other birth control options with your physician).
- Avoid charring your meat – charring releases acrylamide which is a known carcinogen.
- Avoid unfermented soy products which are high in estrogen.
- Avoid GMOs and pesticides.
- Consume organic green juice daily.
- Have your Vitamin D levels checked and keep them at an optimal level.
- Eat raw and unprocessed foods as often as possible.
- Consume curcumin, a highly potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer spice. We offer curcumin IV’s at Rejuvena.
- Get a good source of omega-3 fatty acids – fish oil or flax seed oil are a good way of acquiring these.
- Make sure you visit your OB/GYN annually and include a test for estrogen dominance