7 Breast Cancer Triggers And How To Avoid Them

7 Breast Cancer Triggers And How To Avoid Them

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By Veronique D Desaulniers

Statistically, 1:3 women and 1:2 men will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime. Those statistics are compelling reasons to be very proactive with your health and to understand the triggers that can lead to Breast Cancer, or any type of cancer.

Cancer cannot grow in a healthy body. Plain and simple. Your mission, therefore, is to make conscious choices that can help you prevent cancer. Here are 7 Breast Cancer Triggers that you can avoid:

1.) Inflammation

Inflammation occurs when your Immune System becomes over active and creates an environment of high oxidation. Think of oxidation as rust or when an apple slice turns brown after a few hours. A similar process occurs on a cellular level. inflammation is present at all 3 stages of tumor development: initiation, progression and metastasis.

You can reduce inflammation by increasing your green veggies with juicing and blending and adding fish oils to your diet. Remove all processed and artificial foods from your diet. Regular physical activity and refreshing sleep also reduce the inflammatory markers.

2.) Excess Insulin

Sugar feeds cancer. After years of sugar consumption from refined carbohydrates and simple sugars, an acidic environment is created, which cancer cells also love. Insulin and IGF (Insulin Growth Factor) are powerful messengers that promote cellular growth. Sugar also depresses your Immune System.

Eliminate sugar in all forms from your diet. Granny Smith apples, lemons and limes, and occasional berries are beneficial. Limit your grain consumption and replace them with quinoa and millet, which are classified as seeds.

3.) Methylation

This is a biological cycle that manages a variety of bodily functions. Problems with methylation occur if there is specific gene mutation that prevents the production of a specific enzyme. This can cause issues with detoxification, immune function, DNA repair, and energy production.

If you have high Homocysteine blood levels or if you would like to know if you have a methylation problem, I suggest you get tested to see if you have the gene mutation. If you do, there are nutritional supplements that will help reduce the effect of the mutation.

4.) Hormone Imbalance

Hormones are messengers that speak to each other and to all systems of the body. If there is too little estriol and too much estradiol, the more aggressive estradiol can cause cellular damage and increase your risk of Breast Cancer. If you are not metabolizing your estrogen properly, this can also increase your risk.

Determine Estrogen Quotient and the levels of your other hormones with a simple home testing saliva kit. (See Resources)

5.) Immune Dysfunction

The average person has over 200 foreign chemicals circulating in their body. These chemicals stress and exhaust the Immune System, distracting it from more important functions. As DNA mutations occur because of these chemicals, it is important that your Immune System be on the alert to capture any circulating cancer stem cells.

Keep your Immune System functioning at its peak by adopting a healthy lifestyle and being proactive with The 7 Essentials. There are specific supplements and foods that can help boost your Immune System as well.

6.) Insufficient Sleep

Stress and lack of sleep can turn off cancer-protective genes. Insufficient sleep prevents the body from healing and repairing. It slows down the detoxification pathways which puts your body at greater risk.

If you are not getting restful, relaxing and refreshing 7-8 hours of sleep, consider having your brain hormones tested to see what neuro-transmitters may be out of balance.

7.) Emotional and Mental Stress

Psycho-Neuro-Immunology (PNI) has taught us that the Nerve System, the Immune System and our mental health are all closely related. Think dark thoughts and your white blood cell count is reduced. Think happy thoughts of joy and gratitude and even your DNA responds in a positive way. Thoughts are energy and energy is transmitted by chemical and electrical pathways.

Practice being grateful for everything that is in your life. Focus on peaceful loving thoughts. Take time to meditate and pray every day. Visualize your body feeling healthy and strong. Visualize your perfect life and move towards it. If you find it difficult to mediate, there are many programs that can teach you to calm your mind and your body.

These 7 triggers are workable issues that can be prevented. Make a conscious effort to gain knowledge about the factors that you can control when it comes to your health. Be proactive with prevention by following The 7 Essentials.

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4 Myths On Women’s Health Everyone Should Know

4 Myths On Women’s Health Everyone Should Know

While female health has always come with its own myths, the invention has not helped the dispelling of a lot of these rumors.  Myths are dangerous, as they can cause misconceptions that lead to unsafe lifestyle choices.  Women should be aware that there are myths when it comes to breast cancer, hysterectomies, and pregnancy.  Separating fact from fiction can allow a woman with uterine cancer to opt for a myomectomy rather than a hysterectomy in order to preserve her child bearing abilities.

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MYTH: You’re safe from breast cancer if it doesn’t run in your family.

TRUTH: It’s a dangerous idea to think that you are in the clear if breast cancer does not run in your family.  While it can increase your risk if you do have a family history, the truth is that 75% of breast cancer patients do not have any evidence of breast cancer in their family’s medical history.

An important statistic to know is that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lives and while mortality rates have decreased since previous generations, it is no accident.  Mammography rates have increased and more cases have been diagnosed in earlier, more treatable stages. It’s also important to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

MYTH: A Hysterectomy is the only option for uterine cancer patients.

TRUTH: A majority of women that develop uterine cancer are still in their child-bearing years, so the idea that they need a hysterectomy is a tough pill to swallow.  Thankfully, science has come along way recently, allowing women to have their options broadened to hormonal treatments or to myomectomy if the patient qualifies.

While hormonal therapy is only an option for someone with cancer yet to invade the uterus muscles, myomectomy has a chance to help salvage more patients’ fertility.  Myomectomy removes the fibroids rather than the uterus and has given hopeful mothers a reprieve.

MYTH: A woman cannot get pregnant during her period.

TRUTH: This has an accidental pregnancy written all over it.  It’s safe to assume that if you hear something that starts “a woman cannot get pregnant if…” it’s probably wrong.  Even when women are going through menopause, doctors are uncomfortable with claiming they cannot get pregnant until a year after their last period.  Pregnancy during menstruation may be unlikely, but it is no way 100% effective.  Any form of birth control has a risk behind it, no matter how small, so it is best to educate yourself on which methods are the most effective.

MYTH: Women experience the same symptoms as men during a heart attack.

TRUTH: While debilitating chest pains and pain in an arm are common symptoms of a heart attack in a male, it is not the case in some females.  Chest pains resulting from a heart attack in women are usually described as “discomfort” or a feeling of “fullness”.  While it’s not to say that they couldn’t possibly feel the same chest pain that a man would, it isn’t the only symptom.  Other symptoms may also include pain in the neck, back, or jaw, shortness of breath, stomach pain, and nausea among other warning signs.

There also seems to be some misconceptions of female heart health.  Heart disease kills 1 in 4 women every year and is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.  It’s important to take good care of your heart, as the telltale signs of a heart attack are much more subtle in women than they are in men.

Sarah is a freelance writer currently residing with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, reading, and baking.

Women Cup Mens Balls For Cancer Research

Women Cup Mens Balls For Cancer Research

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You’ve probably heard of the video in which a couple of guys motorboat girls (with their consent) for breast cancer awareness. Now, a French company has switched the roles of the sexes in its viral video: women cupping guys’ balls for prostate cancer research.

See full story via Women Cup Balls For Cancer Research In Viral Video.

Dangerous Lee’s Top 10 Picks of October 2013

Dangerous Lee’s Top 10 Picks of October 2013

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  1. What Do Dangerous Lee and Poetic Justice Have in Common?

  2. Why I Hate Being A Woman

  3. Dangerous Lee Interviews The Next Best Thing in Hip-Hop – Tony K

  4. Dangerous Lee Interviews Professional Handmade Guitar Maker – Ron Luczak

  5. Dangerous Lee Interviews Illustrator – Kasim Earl

  6. Michael Jackson Joins DangerousLee.Biz

  7. Party City: Making  Me Hate “Thriller” Every Halloween

  8. Will Write For Traffic: How to Successfully Guest Blog (eBook)

  9. 7 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

  10. The Fall of Man – Will Women Replace Our Fallen Politicians?

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Can Oral Sex Lead to Throat Cancer?

Can Oral Sex Lead to Throat Cancer?

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The information surrounding the link between oral sex and throat cancer has especially started to surface in light of actor Michael Douglas’ recent diagnosis with oropharyngeal cancer (or throat cancer).

In an interview with the UK newspaper The Guardian, Douglas cited oral sex, specifically contracting HPV (human papillomavirus), as a reason for his development of the cancer.

HPV, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) is a very common disease with more than 40 subtypes that infects more than 79 million Americans, is asymptomatic and is spread through sexual contact. Current studies suggest that HPV causes approximately 1,700 cases of throat cancer in women and 6,700 cases in men.

Yet the information seems to be conflicted. On the one hand, studies show that there is a 7% chance partners who participate in regular oral sex will contract HPV, the same percentage as the general population. Additionally, within that 7% of infected patients, only 2% of women and no men were found to be infected with HPV 16, the type of virus which most commonly leads to throat cancer.

Dr. Gypsyamber D’Souza of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health has found that the risk of developing head and neck cancers for people whose partners have HPV-related cancer is very low.

However, a 2011 study found that the proportion of throat cancers as caused by or related to HPV increased from approximately 16% to almost 72%. The reasons for the jump are unknown but scientists speculate it may be due to the largely asymptomatic nature of HPV, the many benign types of HPV, and the fact that most people do not think to use protection or preventative measures when participating in oral sex. The large jump in percentage of infection rates led the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to name HPV as the leading cause of oral cancer in Americans under the age of 50, overtaking tobacco. Luckily, early detection of oral cancer means an 80-90% chance of successful recovery and remission.

Performing oral sex on a partner with HPV is not enough, however, to develop throat cancer. A study performed by The New England Journal of Medicine found that people who have oral sex with at least 6 different partners have a significantly higher risk, 3.4 times more of a risk, to develop throat cancer.

While performing regular oral sex certainly contributes to the development of throat cancer due to a high risk of continued exposure to the HPV virus, it is not the only reason a person may develop or contract throat cancer. The CDC lists regular, long-term smoking and chronic consumption of alcohol as huge risks in association with the development of head and neck cancers. Those who are both long-term smokers and drinkers are at an even higher risk, more so than those who may participate in regular oral sex. Another risk is frequent heartburn, usually brought on by intense bouts of stress.

Michael Douglas, a regular smoker, drinker, and a man who is constantly under stress, most likely developed throat cancer as a result of his lifestyle, not as a result of performing oral sex or the HPV virus.

Oral sex may increase your chances of developing throat cancer, but only if you participate in oral sex with multiple partners with the HPV virus. Additionally, smoking and excessive drinking may also increase your chances of developing oropharyngeal cancer.

Getting tested for most common STDs will help you know that you are STD free. One of the best STD test panel testing websites I have come across is STDcheck.com but there are other STD testing websites out there.

The only 100% effective way to avoid throat cancer as caused by HPV is to abstain from sexual contact with infected genitals. If participating in oral sex, make sure to use protection, like dental dams and condoms, to help prevent the spread of HPV and regularly test yourself and your partner for STDs, including HPV.

Author’s bio: Jessica Malleby is a writer and seeks to educate the public on STDs to help prevent the spread of these diseases.