Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Myths About Breast Cancer

Which presidential candidate has the best plan to eradicate breast cancer?. Watch the videos on the National Breast Cancer Coalition and cast your vote !

In spite of all the research, we still do not know the real cause of breast cancer although lots of studies have found that certain lifestyles and diets will certainly increase the risk. These have been detailed in this blog, alcoholic consumption, stress etc but of course the risk is always there. The emphasis has to be on prevention and education. In a recent survey about two thirds of the women (aged 18-24) who were interviewed stated that they really believed that breast cancer can be prevented- yet it is still a widespread disease.

The sad fact is that many women still have misconceptions about the disease. For example, a large number believe that the disease is genetic but statistics show that only about 5-10% of cases are caused by genetic mutation.

Self examinations and mammograms are useful but sometimes there are errors in diagnosis and self- exams can lead to anxiety and unnecessary biopsies.

The idea to interview presidential candidates and ask them what their policy and program is to prevent and raise awareness of breast cancer, has won much praise and maybe it should be used to ask them about other burning issues !!

The site below has a lot more information on cancer prevention.



1 comment:

Jeffrey Dach MD said...

Fibrocystic Breast Disease, the Iodine Deficiency Connection

A good friend of ours just went through an ordeal with breast cancer. The incidence of breast cancer has increased to 1 in 8 women, with 4,000 new cases weekly.

You might ask, could there be a preventive measure which is safe, cheap and widely available that has been overlooked?

The answer is YES , and it's the essential mineral, Iodine, which was added to table salt in 1924 as part of a national program to prevent Goiter. It turns out that this same Iodine in table salt is the key to breast cancer prevention as proposed by the following list of prestigious doctors:

Guy Abraham, MD, Robert Derry MD PHD, David Brownstein MD, George Flechas MD, Donald Miller, M.D.

Dr. B.A. Eskin published 80 papers over 30 years researching iodine and breast cancer, and he reports that iodine deficiency causes breast cancer and thyroid cancer in humans and animals. Iodine deficiency is also known to cause a pre-cancerous condition called fibrocystic breast disease.

W.R. Ghent published a paper in 1993 which showed iodine supplementation works quite well to reverse and resolve fibrocystic changes of the breast, and this is again the subject of a current clinical study.(Can J Surg. 1993 Oct;36(5):453-60.)

Despite its obvious potential, not much has been done with Iodine treatment over the past 40 years in the United States. Since iodine isn't patentable and is therefore unlikely to be profitable to market, there is no money to fund studies for FDA approval. However, FDA approval is not required since Iodine is already an additive to table salt at the supermarket.

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