In honor of National Breast cancer awareness month, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, joined the world wide annual lighting campaign. 10.07.2010. The Canadian Press/Pawel Dwulit
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting Americans. 210,000 women (and a few men) get a breast cancer diagnosis every year.
Have you, like me, wondered whether mammograms do anything besides make us feel like a squashed piece of meat?
I recently learned about a simple non-invasive screening option called breast thermography. A thermogram can tell you how healthy your breasts are, as well as screen for breast disease when the cancer is at the cell stage (up to ten years before they show up on a mammogram).
All those women who’ve gone through the traumas of breast removal, radiation or chemotherapy, and the uncertainty of whether it’s going to be successful, would, I’m sure, say it’s worth checking out as early as possible.
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The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up in pink for the start of the national campaign Pink October to raise awareness for breast cancer in Rio de Janeiro. Content © 2010 Reuters All rights reserved.
Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” writes:
Every year when Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes around I am saddened and surprised that thermography hasn’t become more popular. I’d rather focus on breast health and ways to prevent breast cancer at the cellular level than put the emphasis on testing and retesting until you finally do find something to poke, prod, cut out, or radiate.
Studies show that a thermogram identifies precancerous or cancerous cells earlier, produces unambiguous results, and doesn’t hurt the body. Isn’t this what women really want?
I encourage you to check out thermography for yourself and your loved ones.
If you want to read more about breast thermography, I like the description at Lifecycles Wellness in Toronto. I was interested to see that they have a breast thermography clinic on November 6, 2010.
According to Dr Isaac Eliaz, a few simple lifestyle changes can help prevent breast cancer. He recommend a multi-dimensional treatment plan based on the principles of integrative medicine.
- Choosing organic, unprocessed foods: Follow a diet primarily made up of unprocessed, organic whole foods that are free of inflammation-inducing additives such as excess salt, sugars and trans-fats, as well as pesticide residues which are known to contribute to cancer.
- Maintaining a healthy body weight: Maintain a BMI (body mass index) of less than 25, as an elevated BMI may increase the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer.
- Doing your own research: Every person is different when it comes to prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Listen to your doctor, but take advantage of cancer information available to you outside of the doctor’s office!
- Exercising regularly: Participating in physical activity for 30 minutes per day provides powerful protection against breast cancer.
- Consuming the right fats: Consume adequate amounts of omega-3 fats (salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, and herring) and monounsaturated oils (olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados)
- Eating fruits and vegetables: Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries and grapes, and vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower contain antioxidants including vitamin C, and E
- Lowering stress levels: Mind-body approaches such as healing meditation and other stress-relief measures.
- Taking your supplements: A number of dietary supplements and nutrients have been scientifically researched and proven effective.
“Who’s a Survivor?” Elaine Schattner, an oncologist who’s had breast cancer, considers the phrase “cancer survivor” at Slate.com