breast cancer

  1. Breast cancer survival worsens with certain foods

    Avoid these foods if you've had breast cancer

    If you're planning a breast cancer fundraiser this spring or summer, do yourself a favor.

    Make sure it's not a barbecue!

    I know it SOUNDS like a fun idea. But it turns out you could be undermining your own cause, as new research shows how barbecued, grilled, and smoked meats can KILL breast cancer survivors.

    The problem isn't just the meat itself (although many of them aren't exactly the healthiest foods around).

    It's the high heat, which can cause changes in the meat, creating and releasing toxic compounds -- including a few that are especially dangerous to both folks at risk of cancer and those who've already battled the disease.

    These popular cooking techniques can cause compounds like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic amines to form.

    Those names might not mean much to you -- but they can actually alter your DNA in ways that can help fuel cancer.

    And if you like your meat charred, they can form advanced glycation end products, a.k.a AGEs.

    That's a perfect name for them, since that's what they do: They AGE you, from the inside, increasing your risk of chronic diseases, including cancer.

    Put it all together, and you get what we see in the new study: Eating plenty of barbecued, grilled, and charred meats before a breast cancer diagnosis will increase your risk of death from any cause by 23 percent.

    And if you keep eating those foods AFTER a cancer battle, your death risk will jump by nearly a third!

    Smoked meats seem to bring their own set of problems: Not only will they increase your overall death risk by 17 percent, but they can also boost your odds of dying specifically of breast cancer by 23 percent.

    It hardly seems fair, right?

    You can survive a battle with this killer disease -- a fight that could bring you right to death's door and back again -- and you can survive the toxic treatments and all the debilitating side effects that come along for the ride.

    You can survive it all -- only to be done in by a taste for brisket and sausage.

    I realize quitting all these foods is a tall order. But if you can't give them up completely, do the next best thing: Cut WAY back.

    Eat them just once or twice a year, and resist the temptation the rest of the time.

  2. Breast cancer cells killed with capsaicin

    Turn up the heat on breast cancer

    Some folks love spicy food so much they can't eat anything unless it tastes like it came out of a volcano.

    Others will start crying at the slightest hint of pepper.

    Turns out it's not just certain people who can't take the heat. Some cells can't handle it, either: They literally DROP DEAD when exposed to a compound found in spicy food.

    And they're exactly the cells you want to burn, because new research confirms a key compound in chili peppers called capsaicin can kill off CANCER cells.

    Ladies, this one's especially important to you, since the new study focused on breast cancer cells. In lab experiments, scientists found that sprinkling triple negative cancer cells with a little capsaicin is like sprinkling salt on slugs.

    They curl up and die.

    The ones that don't die off divide more slowly, potentially slowing the growth of a tumor or even wiping it out completely.

    That's in line with other studies, which also have shown that capsaicin can kill off cancer cells – in some cases by sticking to the walls and then ripping them apart.

    Ironic, when you consider how that's what the cancer is trying to do to you!

    The researchers behind the new study say you can't just eat more chili peppers and expect your cancer to be cured, and that's no doubt true.

    They're hoping that this study will lead to new treatments down the road.

    But there's still a way this can help you NOW.

    Studies have shown time and time again that cancer cells of all types absolutely HATE the heat of capsaicin. So, while this compound may not be able to fight an advanced tumor by itself, it may be able to kill off cancer cells BEFORE they have a chance to form a tumor.

    This isn't just a guess on my part.

    Other studies have found that folks who eat more spicy foods live longer than people who like their meals a little on the bland side. A 2015 study found spicy foods daily (or almost daily) cuts your risk of an early death by 14 percent.

    The main reason? Folks who eat spicy foods are less likely to die of any number of major diseases – but ESPECIALLY cancer.

    The best ways to get capsaicin is by adding chili peppers, chili sauce, and chili oil to your meals... but if you can't take the heat, you don't have to stay out of this kitchen.

    Capsaicin is also widely available as a supplement. Along with fighting cancer, it can protect your heart, ease digestion, and even help you drop a few pounds.

  3. Breast cancer survival linked to social network

    Breast cancer survivors have a better chance of beating the disease if they keep in contact with friends and loved ones.
  4. Cut breast cancer risk with Mediterranean diet

    Breast cancer risk grows with a Western diet, jumping by 46 percent – but it drops if you switch to a Mediterranean diet.
  5. Beat breast cancer treatment side effects naturally

    Breast cancer is bad, but the side effects of treatment can make it worse. You can safely ease the worst of those side effects without drugs, and new research shows how.
  6. Stop breast cancer from coming back

    Breast cancer once means you’re at risk for a second battle with the disease, but new research shows how fasting at night can slash your risk of recurrence.
  7. Vitamin D can help you beat cancer

    Vitamin D can help you fight cancer and win, especially if you have high levels of it before you're diagnosed, new research finds.
  8. Lower risk factors for breast cancer

    A new study finds that a diet rich in saturated fat can increase your risk of the three most common forms of breast cancer.
  9. Walking can slash breast cancer risk factors

    Women who've survived breast cancer can help make sure the disease never returns by going for a daily walk, jog or run.
  10. Breast cancer screening effective?

    Mammograms aren't as effective as advertised, with new research showing they're no better at preventing death from breast cancer than regular breast exams.
  11. Essential vitamins can prevent death from breast cancer

    Taking a multivitamin with minerals could slash your risk of death from breast cancer, according to new research.
  12. Breast implants make breast lump hard to find

    Breast implants can block imaging tests, making it difficult to spot tumors until it's too late.
  13. Effects of radiation linked to heart disease

    Women who get radiation for breast cancer face an increased risk of heart disease in the years and even decades after.
  14. Mammograms boost stress and anxiety

    Women who have ‘false alarms' as a result of mammograms can face as much stress and other problems as actual cancer patients.
  15. Carotenoids can help you avoid breast cancer

    New research shows that women who eat the most vegetables rich in carotenoids have a 20 percent lower risk of breast cancer.
  16. CT scan radiation could cause breast cancer

    Radiation from CT scans to the chest can increase the risk of breast cancer, especially in women.
  17. Mammogram screening shown to do more harm

    More than 1.3 million American women have been hurt by unnecessary breast cancer treatments because of mammograms.
  18. 3D mammogram results better?

    New mammograms being pushed by the mainstream may increase accuracy by a little bit -- but they can double the exposure to radiation.
  19. How mammograms can cause cancer

    Unsurprising research confirms that mammograms, which use radiation, can increase the risk of breast cancer -- especially in women prone to the disease.
  20. Fingers pointed at breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure

    One of the Komen foundation's key claims about mammograms has been exposed as a wild exaggeration. The real numbers show screenings save few lives.

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