Breast Cancer Statistics
Breast cancer is the second most
common cancer killer of women - only lung cancer is more deadly. Currently
annually diagnosed in well over a million people globally, and killing about
In the U.S. - according to the National
Breast cancer Foundation - there are 200,000 newly diagnosed cases of breast
cancer each year, and 40,000 women each year are dying of this prolific disease.
There has been a disturbing increase in
the breast cancer rates over the past 50 years.
1 out of 8 women who live to age 85 will develop
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for
women age 40 to 55.
15% of all breast cancers occur in women under
age 45 - having more aggressive cancers with
lower recovery rates.
80% of breast lumps are NON-cancerous.
70% of breast cancers are found through breast
80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no
family history of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Rates by region
(rates per 100,000 people)
rate for the United States is 121.9 -
Incidence rates are highest in the Northeast U.S. Census region
(129.6), followed by the West (123.0), Midwest (120.2), and South
The death rate
for the United States is 22.5 -
Death rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (23.5),
followed by the Northeast (22.7), South (22.6), and West (21.0).
last updated May 2012
Men are not immune -
although their odds of having breast
cancer are about 100 times better than women; ~1,700 men will develop breast cancer and 450 will die from it each
Men who work
around gasoline and combustion products have a significantly higher risk of
developing breast cancer.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2000;37:349-352
Causes /Risk Factors
Research at the American
Institute of Cancer Research estimated that about 40% of U.S. breast cancer
cases could be prevented by making better lifestyle choices.
is likely a low estimate, since the latest paleoanthropological research shows
that cancer was virtually nonexistent in humans before poor diet and
Proof that cancer is a man-made disease
More than 2 alcoholic drinks/day -
according to data published in the
British Journal of Cancer in 2002, 4%
of all breast cancers (~44,000 cases a year) in the United Kingdom are
due to alcohol consumption. Could this be due to magnesium depletion in the body
consequential to drinking alcohol?
speeds up breast cancer
sensitive cancer types)
In contrast, levels of PROGESTERONE
(estrogen’s balancing partner)
decrease with age –
In women this
decrease occurs about the age of 35 and men about ten years later.
Double blind, placebo controlled, randomized study used transdermal
(n=40) who had
breast biopsies -
one at the beginning of the study and another 13 days later.
PROGESTERONE did not show up in the serum, but showed up in the breast
tissue at over 100% increased levels above placebo.
Results of Breast tissue biopsies After 13 days
Method of Measuring Cell Proliferation
Mitosis per 1000 Cells
cell nuclear antigen)
most accurate method
Chang KJ, Lee TTY , Linares-Cruz G, Fournier S, de Lignieres B. Influences of
percutaneous administration of estradiol on human breast epithelial cell cycle
in vivo. Fertility and Sterility 1995; 63; 7865-7891.
Based on PCNA numbers:
PROGESTERONE reduced cell proliferation by 410%
Estrogen increased cell proliferation by 223%
Genes do not have the last word
Breast cancer risk
increases only ~20-30% with a family history of the disease -
mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are said to
increase breast cancer risk to 80%;
However, it is the
expression of your genes that
dictates the risk –
not simply their existence.
Gene expression can easily be controlled by whether they are turned on or not,
via lifestyle and dietary choices.
Vitamin D / Sunshine
Cheap and natural solution
This steroid hormone has
receptors in and influences almost all body cells –
once converted to its active form (calcitriol) in the liver, kidneys and other
tissues, your organs use it to repair damage and reduce cancer cells.
self-destruction of mutated cells –
preventing their replication; cancer cells usually begin as mutations;
Shown to shrivel up
cancer cells in days
JoEllen Welsh, State University of New York at
Reduces spread/reproduction of cancer cells;
differentiation – cancer cells often
lack differentiation, whereby a cell becomes more specialized by changes (mainly
due to modifications in gene expression) in shape, size, membrane potential,
metabolic activity and signal responsiveness.
Reduces new blood vessel
growth from existing ones – angiogenesis
is a step in the transition of dormant tumors becoming cancerous;
25(OH)D CALCIDIOL is
other cancer treatments
Prevents many cancer
one landmark study examining just breast and colorectal cancer deaths,
determined that increasing vitamin D
could prevent 600,000 deaths each year.
Vitamin D is
effective against at least 16 cancer types;
Found to work at least as
well as Tamoxifen - without the detrimental side-effects.
Mercola’s one-hour free lecture on vitamin D
Address stress –
E.g. Using Meridian Tapping Technique (MTT) or
SOTA Brain Tuner;
Work on positive attitude
prevents cancer formation and spread, especially reproductive organ cancers;
Avoid excess iron -
contributes to oxidant
activity; Ferritin, the iron transport protein, tends to increase after
menstruation ceases; should not be above 80; donating blood lowers ferritin
Iron and Aluminum toxicity in breast
Eat nutritional food
Ensure all nutrients –
especially vitamins A, C, E, and ubiquinol
(active form of CoQ10); antioxidants control radical damage implicated in
cancer; fight microbial imbalance;
(as krill oil) shown to influence BRCA1 and
BRCA2 genes against cancer;
Regular moderate physical exercise
Receptor Sensitivity -
exercise and control intake of refined carbs and sugar; iodine also
helps improve receptor sensitivity.
Maintain a healthy body
estrogen hormone is produced in fat tissue, and may
trigger breast cancer.
I3C / DIM -
such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and sulforaphane are components of cruciferous
vegetables which exhibit antitumorigenic activity associated with altered
metabolism and detoxification. Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a major metabolite of
I3C formed in the gut and represents a new class of antiestrogens that inhibit
breast cancer growth. It also encourages cells that are abnormally multiplying
to stop reproducing and die.
Researchers have found that DIM and genistein (a major isoflavone in soy) reduce
production of two proteins whose chemotactic attraction to each other is
necessary for the spread of breast and ovarian cancers.
When applying purified versions of DIM and genistein to motile cancer cells, the
researchers could literally watch these cells come to a near halt. When either
compound was applied, migration and invasion were substantially reduced.
Both DIM and genistein are already being developed for use as a preventive and a
treatment for breast cancer, although more extensive toxicological studies are
necessary as at the time of writing (2007).
DIM – Estrogen-blocker with anti-cancer benefits
Limit alcohol to one drink a day
Breastfeed exclusively for up to six month – reduces breast cancer risk;
mammograms do NOT save lives -
Adding a mammogram to a careful breast examination does not improve breast
cancer survival rates; furthermore mammograms may actually be involved in
causing breast cancer:
Annual breast mammogram (4 x-ray films/breast)
results in 1 rad of radiation – 1000 times a chest x-ray;
high-dose radiation is considered a medium/high risk factor for breast cancer.
According to a recent
World Wire press release:
"Routine mammography delivers an unrecognized high dose of radiation, warn Drs.
Epstein and Bertell. If a woman follows the current guidelines for premenopausal
screening, over a 10 year period she would receive a total dosage of about 5
approximates the level of exposure to radiation of a Japanese woman
one mile from the epicenter of atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima or Nagasaki."
Health hazards of mammography
have been well established.
Thermography provides a better method for breast
Involves using an infrared heat-sensing
scanner/camera to graphically depict temperature variations of breast tissue
using different colors. Available since the 1960’s, the technology has now much
- no mechanical compression of tissue,
non-invasive, no ionizing radiation.
Early detection –
enabling earlier healing protocols; detection as much as 10 years earlier than
mammogram or physical exam;
changes – as opposed to
anatomical changes seen