10 Things 2013 Taught Us About Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment
2013 became a year full of breakthrough studies concerning the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Some drugs on which hope had been placed failed to live up to expectations while strange new natural treatments were discovered. October is Breast Cancer month and the world is anticipating even more breakthroughs.
There are many women currently will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, with over 40,000 US deaths annually due to the disease. Over 70% do not have identifiable risk factors for the disease, while genetics plays the major role for the rest. Both sides of the family carry equal weight in deciding to what extent one is at risk, increasing majorly if both sides in the immediate family have developed breast cancer.
As one gets older, the risk also increases from 1 in 233 while in the 30s to 1 in 8 when a woman has reached her 80s. The type of bra, breast size or whether there have been implants do not affect the risk. The American Cancer Society recommends a mammogram screening for women over the age of 40 every 1 to 2 years and constant self-examinations in the meantime. Most women have no idea about their breast cancer risks, specifically based on their family history and lifestyle habits.
The last 9 months have yielded some rather interesting results.
1. An hour of walking per day can reduce risk of breast cancer by 14%: One of the latest studies has discovered that walking in itself is a great risk prevention option for both men and women, especially the latter in the post-menopausal stage.
2. The lately anticipated Lily Drug, believed to be an innovation in fighting breast cancer, has been found to not deliver the results anticipated. It will not go to FDA for approval.
3. Those at highest risk of dying from breast cancer are young women: Many youngsters forgo mammograms and regular breast exams, believing themselves too young to develop the cancer. Unfortunately, this means that much of the cancer goes untreated for too long, effectively snuffing out young lives under the age of 50. Half of all breast cancer deaths occur in women up to this age, particularly between 40 and 50.
4. Shark blood found to attack HER breast cancer producing mutated protein cells through their IgNAR antibodies: Who would have thought that an early treatment for breast cancer could be found not in cartilage but the actual blood properties of sharks. It’s a curious thought whether human blood could be just as important in curing some diseases sharks may have.
5. Peanut butter was found to decreases chances of developing breast cancer in young females: Another study published of late has found that young women who have been snacking on peanut butter for years now have much lower chances of developing benign breast disease by 39% which can lead to breast cancer.
6. The doctors have spoken and vegetable fats have been deemed important: According to Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz, skipping the animal fats and carbohydrates and turning to vegetables oils can have a major impact on preventing breast cancer.
7. CCBs for high blood pressure have been linked to increasing risk of breast cancer: Perhaps it is a good time to change the blood pressure pills you take if they are calcium channel blockers, effectively slashing at the increase of risk it entails. Don’t stop taking pills, but talk to your doctor about switching to a safer version.
8. On June 15, an osteoporosis drug was presented as a treatment for breast cancer: Bazedoxifene not only prevents estrogen from stimulating breast cancer cell growth, but also flags the estrogen receptor for destruction.
9. Apigenin found in Mediterranean foods has been found to tackle breast cancer cell growth: According to a study earlier in the year, parsley, celery, peppermint, thyme, chamomile tea and even iceberg lettuce were found to prevent breast cancer cells from halting their own destruction. Essentially it stops cells from stopping something from killing them, effectively ensuring their death.
10. Dairy foods have been found to raise risk of early death in breast cancer survivors: Low-fat dairy is perfectly fine and even recommended, but when it comes to high-fat consumption, breast cancer patients need to beware. It is no fun for sure, especially for fatty milk and cheese lovers, but if these men and women wish to live a good and long life, staying away from these foods is a must.
2013 has been full of news concerning the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. There are nearly 3 more months to see what new studies have to say about protecting loved ones from the disease and ensuring breast cancer is, once and for all, kicked to the curb.