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Health news:
 
June 2010 - Dec 2013

Minimizing breast cancer risk

May 2010

Time to move beyond salt ?

Salt hypothesis vs. reality

Is sodium bad?

April 2010

Salt studies: the latest score

From Dahl to INTERSALT

Salt hypothesis' story

March 2010

Salt war

Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

Who's afraid of a littl' 1998 study?
 

January 2010

Antibiotic children

Physical activity benefits late-life health

Healthier life for New Year's resolution

 

December 2009

Autism epidemic worsening: CDC report

Rosuvastatin indication broadened

High-protein diet effects

 

November 2009

Folic acid cancer risk

Folic acid studies: message in a bottle?

Sweet, short life on a sugary diet

 

October 2009

Smoking health hazards: no dose-response

C. difficile warning

Asthma risk and waist size in women

 

September 2009

Antioxidants' melanoma risk: 4-fold or none?

Murky waters of vitamin D status

Is vitamin D deficiency hurting you?

 

August 2009

Pill-crushing children

New gut test for children and adults

Unhealthy habits - whistling past the graveyard?

 

July 2009

Asthma solution - between two opposites that don't attract

Light wave therapy - how does it actually work?

Hodgkin's lymphoma in children: better alternatives

 

June 2009

Hodgkin's, kids, and the abuse of power

Efficacy and safety of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's:
behind the hype

Long-term mortality and morbidity after conventional treatments for pediatric Hodgkin's

 

May 2009

Late health effects of the toxicity of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel's true 5-year chances with the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel Hauser Hodgkin's case: child protection or medical oppression?

April 2009

Protection from EMF: you're on your own

EMF pollution battle: same old...

EMF health threat and the politics of status quo
 

March 2009

Electromagnetic danger? No such thing, in our view...

EMF safety standards: are they safe?

Power-frequency field exposure
 

February 2009

Electricity and health

Electromagnetic spectrum: health connection

Is power pollution making you sick?

January 2009

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults useless?

DHA in brain development study - why not boys?

HRT shrinks brains

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June 2010 - December 2013

I - Breast cancer risk factors

1. Is it more of a risk not to have risk factors?

2 good choices to prevent breast cancer

I - BREAST CANCER
 RISK FACTORS

II - SCREENING X-RAY MAMMOGRAPHY

III - ALTERNATIVE TESTS

The biggest risk factor
Risk factors overview
Times change

END OF A MYTH
The whistle
Contra-argument
Last decade
Current picture

 OTHER  X-RAY TESTS
Digital standard
Tomosynthesis
Breast CT

Predisposing factors
Diet     Other

BENEFIT
Earlier diagnosis
Fewer breast cancer deaths

Gamma-ray tests
BSGI/MBI 
PEM

INITIATING  FACTORS
Radiation
Chemicals
Viruses

RISK  &  HARM

OTHER  TESTS
Breast MRI
Ultrasound
Thermography
AMAS test

INACCURACY RISKS False negative
False positive
Overdiagnosis
PROMOTING  FACTORS
Hormonal
Non-hormonal

RADIATION

Radiation primer
Screen exposure
Radiation risk
PHYSICAL EXAM
Clinical
Self-exam

Higher all-cause mortality?

• Minimizing breast cancer risk

Minimizing breast cancer (BC) risk is inherently drug-free, since it is not tamoxifen or raloxifene deficiency that causes it. Like any other cancer, breast cancer stems from the complex interaction of individual exposures and vulnerabilities, following this common path:

unrepaired genetic damage inflicted by carcinogens, leading to

unopposed malignant transformation of damaged breast cells into living entities disassociated from the body, due to

inefficient body's defense lines against this type of threat.

In other words, it takes three for breast cancer to develop: exposure to a carcinogen resulting in cellular (DNA) damage, malignant transformation (not every genetic damage results in malignant transformation), and a glitch in body's control of its cell population.

This simple scheme has many levels and interactions, but can be related to - again - three complex body functions:

(1) detox system, including body's oxidative protection, whose efficacy determines the extent of DNA damage,

(2) integrity of intra-cellular function, from repairing genetic material to maintaining normal cell cycle, and

(3) immune system, which is supposed to step in and destroy malignant cells if the previous two functions fail.

Needless to say, which side will prevail is vitally dependant on the quality of body's nutrient intake and, on the opposite end, the magnitude of its exposure to carcinogens and other toxins.

While no one can predict which specific internal and external elements will create breast cancer risk in an individual, or to what extent, a number of risk factors, both predisposing and causative, have been recognized and linked to its development.

On the other hand, there are factors generally recognized as enhancing body's protective mechanisms. Combining avoidance of the former with embracing the latter is the most effective way to minimize breast cancer risk.

It is very important to understand that breast cancer is

very heterogeneous in its forms,
and more so in its mechanisms from one individual to another.

This means that the importance of any given breast cancer factor - be it positive or negative in general - can vary very much in any individual case.

Some of these factors are commonly cited; some others, not necessarily less, and possibly more significant, are not, or their importance tend to be downplayed. Breast cancer is a huge social issue, and by that a market as well, with some information inevitably distorted by political, career and monetary interests.

Probably mostly due to the fact that our official medicine is not cause-oriented, we have that

2 out of 3 women who do get breast cancer
do not have known (officially recognized) risk factors

(Goldberg, Definitive Guide to Cancer, p607). This is, of course, directly related to the official medicine recognizing as the risk factors mainly those coming from ovarian hormone level, familial history and DNA inheritance. The three causative factors - radiation, chemical carcinogens and viral infections - are plainly ignored, and so is the factor of the efficacy of body functions that are our only protection from them: the detox system (including body's oxidative protection) and body's immune system.

    More than anything else, that illustrates the choice made by the money-infested modern medicine. Why should they understand the disease, so that they can efficiently prevent and cure it, if they can (try to) kill it with chemo, radiation, or surgery, and make much more money for themselves and the whole of mighty pharmaceutical industry in the process?

    It is important for you to know how limited in scope is the official medicine's insight into the causes of breast cancer - and, for that matter, any other degenerative disease - in order to understand all the confusion and incompetence surrounding this problem.

Most of the commonly cited breast cancer risk factors are related to the female's life exposure to her own sex hormones. Those that increase the exposure include aging, early menstruation, late menopause, not having baby, or having first baby after the age of 30, no breastfeeding, and family history of breast cancer.

The role of inherent genetic vulnerability has been brought into the spotlight, but with very little effort to connect this vulnerability with the actual breast cancer causes, other than direct inheritance. 

A few other risk factors, like regular alcohol consumption, habitually wearing bra for long hours, smoking, high-calorie diets, weight gain and obesity often get mentioned.

Then there is a set of external breast cancer risk factors related to female (ovarian) hormones - primarily estrogen and progesterone - which either tend to be downplayed (when medical-treatment-related) or neglected (environmental).

Finally, some critical, or potentially significant breast cancer risk factors, like radiation exposure, toxic exposure/load, viral infections or low melatonin get mentioned only rarely, and

nearly never by the "official" sources.

This chaotic pile of breast cancer risk factors can be grasped much better if organized into three groups, according to their predominant actual role:

predisposing for

initiating, and

promoting breast cancer growth

Factors predisposing for breast cancer are those increasing vulnerability to a genetic malfunction, such as inherited inefficiency in the metabolism of endogenous and exogenous (environmental) carcinogens, damage control (e.g. DNA repair), cellular transduction (signaling/response processes) and cell cycle control.

 Factors initiating breast cancer are carcinogens, which may and may not be breast-cancer-specific. These are compounds capable of inflicting damage to the DNA, or altering gene expression to the extent of turning a cell into malignant entity. Many enter the body from the environment (air, food, water), or are produced within the body during detoxification and cellular respiration.

Once the cancerous cells form, how fast they will multiply depends on the presence (level and/or balance) of factors that stimulate cell proliferation, such as estrogens, progesterone, epidermal growth factor (EGF) or insulin, as well as toxic load in the body interfering with normal body functions.

Another way of looking at it is as the aggregate breast cancer risk factor, which includes multiplicity of factors typical of a culture, lifestyle, genome and geographic region. Its unmistakable barometer is breast cancer incidence rate, which varies dramatically throughout the world.

The bad news is: this aggregate, "total" breast cancer risk factor is by far the highest in the developed Western counties, and particularly in the U.S. More on next page.

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