breast cancer recurrence

  1. Walking can slash breast cancer risk factors

    Breast cancer survivors: Go for a walk

    Surviving breast cancer and beating breast cancer risk factors is winning a battle -- but the war continues for the rest of your life.

    And if you've survived this cancer yourself, you know better than anyone else that beating this disease is about more than just going through treatment and coming out the other side with a pulse.

    It's about making sure the cancer doesn't rise again like a movie villain everyone thought was dead.

    Now, new research on breast cancer risk factors shows an easy way you can almost guarantee your breast cancer never returns to hurt you -- and it's not a drug, a food or even a vitamin.

    It's a daily jog or run.

    All it takes is 2.25 miles a day, or 9 laps around the track at the local high school -- a distance most moderately healthy people can cover in less than half an hour.

    But it really doesn't matter how long it takes. All that matters is that you do it, because breast cancer survivors who jog or run 2.25 miles a day cut their risk of death from the disease by 95 percent.

    Now, I realize the last thing you feel like doing right after a cancer battle is going out for a run.

    Some days, you're happy if you can just stand up.

    But this doesn't mean training for a marathon the moment your treatment ends.

    Start slow, and work you way up -- because the study in the International Journal of Cancer finds that every mile you walk per day or every two-thirds of a mile that you run will cut your risk of death from breast cancer by 25 percent.

    As you get better at it (and you will), pick up the pace. Work your way up from a walk to a jog to a run, because the study finds that running is 40 percent more effective than walking at cutting your death risk.

    Eventually, you'll be able to do the 2.25 miles and barely break a sweat.

    Along with being active every day, there are other steps you can take to cut your breast cancer risk factors recurrence and lowering your risk of death.

    First, eat more cruciferous vegetables -- including broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.

    These naturally detoxifying vegetables can cut your risk of a breast cancer recurrence by 35 percent and slash your risk of death from the disease by 62 percent.

    Second, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables overall. The more you eat, the lower your risk -- with 10 servings a day reducing your risk of recurrence by nearly a third.

    Fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids are especially effective against breast cancer risk factors, so load up on carrots, spinach, kale, papaya, guava, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and collard greens.

    Third, take a quality multivitamin with minerals each day. Breast cancer survivors who take this simple step are nearly a third less likely to suffer from a recurrence and less likely to die of the disease.

    Finally, work closely with a holistic doctor who can help identify other nutrients you may need to help fight cancer, prevent a recurrence and support your overall health and wellbeing.

  2. Non-bioidentical hormone unleashes cancer on study group

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    I've always worried about the dangers of non-bioidentical hormones. And after you read this, you'll be worried too.

    Non-bioidentical hormones are often given to women to help manage the symptoms of menopause and prevent osteoporosis, but I've found them to be as unpredictable and dangerous as a hungry coyote.

    Researchers in Amsterdam recently began a study on tibolone, a hormone not available in the United States but widely used around the world. But we'll never know what the full results of this study would have been. They had to pull the plug on the research early when they realized just how dangerous it was.

    The study, published in The Lancet Oncology, included thousands of women who had survived breast cancer. But for them, the fight wasn't over yet – thanks to tibolone.

    As the study progressed, the researchers began to notice an alarming trend among these women: a higher risk of a breast cancer recurrence. Not a little bit higher, but a whopping 40 percent higher than the placebo group.

    It's not just a significant number — it's a shocking one. I've always said the biggest problems with these things aren't just what we know they'll do – but what we still don't know about them. And this latest research bears me out.

    You see, non-bioidentical hormones are not shaped like regular hormones, so they don't attach properly to your genes. Shape is important because once these types of hormones bind to your genes, the consequent vibration delivers the message. However, hormones that have an altered shaped cannot cause the proper vibration. That changes the messages your genes are sending to the rest of your body. And that can lead to these wild, unpredictable, and frightening results. What will we learn next about non-bioidentical hormones? Whatever it is, I'm pretty sure it
    won't come as good news to the millions of women who rely on them. And while tibolone isn't prescribed in the United States, I believe some of the dangers and unpredictability of this product are shared by other non-bioidentical hormones that are commonly used here.

    But there's no reason to even fool with these, because there's a readily available alternative. They're called bioidentical hormones, and even folks like Oprah Winfrey have turned to them for help dealing with menopause. These safer, more effective and more natural hormones are, as the name suggests, identical to the ones already in your body. Not only that, but they can be custom-tailored to meet your body's specific needs.

    Sounds good, right? Not to Big Pharma. See, here's the dirty secret about hormone therapy: the only reason that synthetic hormones exist is because the drug companies can't patent the bioidenticals. It's not allowed, because you can't patent something that's identical to what's already in your body. That would be like trying to patent a nose or a toe.

    So they had to make up their own kinds of hormones, different hormones, in order to make more money off them. Once again, their interests lie not in the best solutions – just the most profitable ones.

    But you don't have to fall for that old trick. And you don't have to be a TV star to take advantage of bioidentical hormones. You just need to take a look at the May issue of Health Revelations, where I'll have all the details for you. If you're undergoing hormone replacement therapy (or considering it for the future), be sure to give that a read before your next trip to the doctor's office.

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