Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the US accounting for 32% of all female cancers. Breast cancer is responsible for 18% of cancer deaths in women and is second only to lung cancer.
We are not currently winning the war against breast cancer. Whereas 5-year mortality rates for breast cancer have substantially declined, the occurrence rates have increased by 290% since 1970.
The time for a woman to take active steps towards breast cancer prevention in her 30's. Receiving a regular mammogram beginning at age 40 is not enough for preventive care. Imaging is essential for finding a cancerous breast lesion; it is not effective at preventing a cancerous breast lesion. Breast cancer begins years or decades before it is detected on a regular screening mammogram.
The American Institute for Cancer Research stated that as much as
33% of breast cancer could be prevented by diet, exercise and a healthy
The breast health program employs risk reduction, involving changes that will positively affect your odds of ever developing breast cancer.
The first step is to evaluate if you may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer compared to the general population. This involves a through personal and family medical history as well as a lifestyle and dietary assessment.
The second step is a clinical breast exam and to ensure imaging is up to date according to your age. We will discuss imaging options available and which would be the most appropriate for you (mammogram vs. ultrasound vs. breast MRI).
The third step is laboratory testing to ensure you have and maintain favorable laboratory markers for breast cancer prevention.
The fourth step is analysis of steps 1-3. Based on this analysis, lifestyle recommendations will be made as well as a nutritional supplementation prescription for general prevention in addition to correcting any unfavorable laboratory results.
Lifestyle recommendations include factors to ensure a favorable general diet for breast cancer prevention, exercise and chemical avoidance. Specific dietary recommendations target proper estrogen metabolism. Nutritional supplementation includes anti-cancer agents, improving hormone utilization and prevention of harmful hormone breakdown products.
Testing may include an analysis of estrogen metabolism (2:16 ratio, beta-glucaronidase, liver function, % body fat), detection of chemicals that may mimic estrogen, (parabens, pthalates), inflammatory markers which may contribute to breast cancer and/or genetic testing for markers that may indicate an increased risk.