Where Do We Go From Here?
Key Points About Breast Cancer & Other Hormone Related Cancers
- More deaths occur from heart disease than the next 16 causes of death combined including diabetes, all cancers, AIDS and accidents
- A first pregnancy before age 25 protects against breast cancer
- Dense breasts on mammography increase risk of breast cancer
- Small breast cancers less than 2.1 cm (2.5 cm = 1 inch) have a lower mortality than large breast cancers
- Positive family history occurs in only 15-20% of women with breast cancer but is an indication for closer monitoring and possible genetic testing
- Bad estrogen” byproducts increase risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer
- Good estrogen” byproducts lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer and lower the risk of heart disease
You Can Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer With the Following Actions
- Lifestyle which includes exercise, not smoking and little or no alcohol
- Diet which includes intake of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) and low intake of saturated animal fats
- Twenty to thirty minutes of midday sun exposure or vitamin D3 supplementation to maintain adequate 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood levels
- Maintain a normal body weight
- Sleep 7 to 8 hours nightly
- Breast-feed your babies
- Monthly self breast examinations after proper training from your physician
- Monitor for “bad estrogen” and “good estrogen” by products under the guidance of your physician
In medical school, I acquired important clinical skills but it’s from my patients that I learned about life. I learned that one’s perception of life’s challenges can motivate you or paralyze you. As I listen to my patients’ stories, I am in awe of the power of the human spirit and its capacity to overcome adversity. This internal life force makes an individual struggle to get healthy instead of passively becoming a victim. The patients I see who do the best are those who are “fighters.”
Marina Johnson, M.D., F.A.C.E.
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