Breast Cancer Awareness Month – PREVENTION not Treatment

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – PREVENTION not Treatment

 

October is a special month for me personally and for millions of women (and men) who have been or will be diagnosed with cancer, as it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Although there are notably more women diagnosed than men with this type of cancer, no one is safe until we redirect our funding dollars toward PREVENTION not Treatment!

 

Understanding PREVENTION

It has been suggested that every human is born with cancer cells already in place within the body, but not every person will actually get cancer.  Rather than trying to find treatments which have the potential to extend individual life while draining individual and family bank accounts, we suggest looking toward realistic means in preventing the disease all together.  

 

What Goes IN / ON / AROUND the Body

A few minutes of research will provided a long list of carcinogenic chemicals included into daily products that are ingested, worn or inhaled.  This is a great place to begin the journey to a “cancer FREE” life and world.  [2] http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/chemicals-glossary/   With this as a starting point, it is easier to understand why so many cases are being diagnosed, as these toxic chemicals are in all areas of our daily life.

 

Risk Factors

There are some risk factors which we have no control over, such as gender, age, family history, race etc…  [3]  http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/OverviewGuide/breast-canc...  However, there are many risks we have an active role in monitoring and minimizing the harmful impact to our body.  Hormonal birth control, having children later in life, alcohol, obesity etc. can be self regulated with great success.

 

A Few Simple Changes

Remove fluoride, chlorine and other toxic chemicals from your water supply.  Even if you cannot afford complete filtration systems for the entire house, especially focus on the water supply that will be ingested. 

 

Buy locally grown and organic food when possible.

 

Exercise at least three times per week, including activities that will provide a cardio workout for a minimum of 30 minutes.

 

Keep the Mind & Spirit Active and Healthy.

Many studies confirm that highly stressful situations approximately two years prior to the diagnosis are generally the trigger for breast cancer.  The unresolved emotional pain and stress of the event, which has been suppressed, depletes important adrenaline reserves for keeping the body cancer-free. This is very empowering news for the cancer patient as they can now “uncreate it” by healing unresolved emotional pain relating to a past event or other painful events in your life.  When you heal your emotions, your adrenaline levels will return to your normal, and you will return to optimum health.

 [4]  http://www.cancerremediestoday.com/cancer-news-and-research/

 

 

Check for Lumps & Changes

It is important for everyone to take the time to check their breasts regularly for lumps.  If you find any unusual lumps, have discomfort or redness, if the nipple has discharge – make an appointment with your doctor immediately.  Breast cancer has the highest rate of survival and with early detection this disease is beatable and treatable.  Truthfully, for those who take care of the complete package (mind / body / spirit), it is actually preventable!  If you or someone you know is diagnosed this is not a death sentence, but it is an opportunity to change your life and for many offers a second chance at life.

 

 

A Few Statistics

In 2010, there were more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

 

In 2010, an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 54,010 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

 

1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

 

About 1,970 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2010. Less than 1% of all new breast cancer cases occur in men.

 

From 1999 to 2006, breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. decreased by about 2% per year.

 

 

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women. More than 1 in 4 cancers in women (about 28%) are breast cancer.

 

A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 20-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of breast cancer.

 

 

 

Great sources of Info

American Cancer Society - www.cancer.org

National Cancer Institute - www.cancer.gov

Susan G. Komen Foundation - www.komen.org

Cancer Survivors Network - http://csn.cancer.org

Look Good & Feel Better - www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org

Center for Disease Control - www.cdc.gov

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization - www.networkofstrength.org

 

deZengo is a Yoga Instructor and Owner of SACREDspace Studio–2–Go in Middle Tennessee.  As a breast cancer survivor, she used the experiences and gained knowledge from the disease to test and apply the principles of yoga, as she modified her lifestyle to reflect the healthy life and body she wanted.   She teaches a combination of several yoga styles in an attempt to express the reality that “ Yoga is for EVERY body / culture / group.”  Perhaps, as a handbook for living a “healthy life” and one to be included into the Western way of life.  

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