“Breast cancer risk could be decreased by up to 38% through lifestyle factors including maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy plant-based diet. In fact, less than 10% of breast cancer appears to have a genetic basis”
Sally Scroggs, MS, RD, LD and Clare McKinley, RD, LD, at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, one of the leading cancer hospitals in the world.
NOTE: This information is not designed to make you feel guilty, upset or ashamed
if you have or have had breast cancer. It is actually the opposite. It is designed to show
you how much power over breast cancer you have regardless of your health status.
Breast cancer rates have tripled
Breast cancer rates have tripled in 30 years but the world’s population has only grown 65% in the same time frame. From 600,000 in 1980 to 1.7 Million today. Once rare, it is now the #1 cause of death for Western Women age 40-55. In England the breast cancer rates have gone from 52 per 100,000 to 88 per 100,000 in just the last 25 years, directly matching the growth in obesity.
The more overweight you are, the higher the risk for breast cancer
The Women’s Health Study found a sugar-rich diet increases breast cancer risk by 135%. In 1960, one in twenty women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the West. In 2012 it is ONE in SEVEN. The larger the breasts the higher the risk as obese women have a 180% higher risk. Excess body fat, particularly abdominal fat, raises estrogen levels. The more estrogen you are exposed to, the higher your risk of breast cancer. If you have a weakened liver (many people do) then the liver cannot process estrogen fast enough with estrogen dumped back into the bloodstream. This ‘recycled’ estrogen is from the ovaries, the fat cells and the overworked liver. Recycled estrogen is up to 400 times higher in women with estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.
Breast Cancer & Genetics
The genes that we are told ‘heighten your risk of breast cancer’ are called BRCA-1 and BRCA-2. These genes only occur in 1-in-500 people. In a 2011 published Journal of Clinical Oncology study covering 3,047 families from the Breast Cancer Family Registry, women with BRCA genes in their families showed no higher breast cancer risk. Even according to the American Cancer Society, BRCA genes only cause 5%-10% of breast cancer cases. The Nurses’ Health Study found that only 3% of breast cancer cases were genetic.
Breast Cancer & Cow’s Milk
Professor Jane Plant was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. Five years later the cancer returned four times. This was “despite a radical mastectomy, three further operations, 35 radiotherapy treatments, several chemotherapy treatments and irradiation of my ovaries to induce the menopause”. In 1992 after exhausting all medical options, doctors gave her three months to live. She gave up dairy products as a last resort after realizing the connection between dairy foods and breast cancer. Now, over 25 years later, she is very healthy and still cancer-free.
- There is NO drug cure for breast cancer
- Over 90% of breast cancer cases have no family history
- Over 90% of breast cancer cases ARE NOT GENETIC
- Your genetic odds of breast cancer are actually less than 1%
- If you want to avoid breast cancer then make the healthy GOLDEN choices and avoid the known breast cancer triggers
- Everything about breast cancer from prevention, to treatment, to support, to recovery, can be helped by a healthy plant-based wholefood diet and smart lifestyle changes
The research, studies and food recommendations from the WCRF & AICR, 2017, to help lower your risk of, and to prevent, breast cancer, are built around following; a no-alcohol, plant-based wholefood diet.
Meat increases the risk of NCD type II diabetes, obesity, modern lifestyle cancers and cardiovascular disease: References
Breast Cancer References:
- Red meat intake during early adulthood is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women. Study by Cho E, Chen WY, Hunter DJ, Stampfer MJ, Colditz GA, Hankinson SE, et al “Red meat intake and risk of breast cancer among premenopausal women”. Arch Intern Med2006;166:2253-9.
- The more red meat eaten, the higher the risk of breast cancer. Study by De Stefani E, Ronco A, Mendilaharsu M, Guidobono M, Deneo-Pellegrini H. “Meat intake, heterocyclic amines, and risk of breast cancer: a case-control study in Uruguay”. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev1997;6:573-81.
- Study by Steck SE, Gaudet MM, Eng SM, Britton JA, Teitelbaum SL, Neugut AI, et al. “Cooked meat and risk of breast cancer lifetime versus recent dietary intake”. Epidemiology2007;18:373-82.
- Study by Lauber SN, Ali S, Gooderham NJ. “The cooked food derived carcinogen 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b] pyridine is a potent oestrogen: a mechanistic basis for its tissue-specific carcinogenicity”. Carcinogenesis2004;25:2509-17.
- Study by Farvid MS, Cho E, Chen WY, Eliassen AH, Willett WC. “Premenopausal dietary fat in relation to pre- and post-menopausal breast cancer”. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2014;145:255-65.
- Study by Kallianpur AR, Lee SA, Gao YT, Lu W, Zheng Y, Ruan ZX, et al. “Dietary animal-derived iron and fat intake and breast cancer risk in the Shanghai Breast Cancer Study”. Breast Cancer Res Treat2008;107:123-32.
- Study by Andersson AM, Skakkebaek NE. “Exposure to exogenous estrogens in food: possible impact on human development and health”. Eur J Endocrinol 1999;140:477-85.
- The more red meat was replaced with high fibre legumes (such as lentils), the lower the risk of breast cancer in all women. Study by Aune D, Chan DS, Greenwood DC, Vieira AR, Rosenblatt DA, Vieira R, et al “Dietary fiber and breast cancer risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies”. Ann Oncol2012;23:1394-402.
- Study by Buck K, Zaineddin AK, Vrieling A, Linseisen J, Chang-Claude J. “Meta-analyses of lignans and enterolignans in relation to breast cancer risk”. Am J Clin Nutr2010;92:141-53.
- Chicken intake is not associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. Study by Weroha SJ, Haluska P. “The insulin-like growth factor system in cancer”. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am2012;41:335-50.
- Study by Alexander DD, Morimoto LM, Mink PJ, Cushing CA. “A review and meta-analysis of red and processed meat consumption and breast cancer”. Nutr Res Rev2010;23:349-65.
- Study by Gago-Dominguez M, Yuan JM, Sun CL, Lee HP, Yu MC. “Opposing effects of dietary n-3 and n-6 fatty acids on mammary carcinogenesis: The Singapore Chinese Health Study”. Br J Cancer2003;89:1686-92.
- The Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee 2013 Report “Most breast cancers occur in people with no family history, so environmental factors – broadly defined – must play a major role in the etiology of the disease. Prevention is the key to reducing the emotional, physical, and financial burden of breast cancer. By urgently pursuing research, research translation, and communication on the role of the environment in breast cancer, we have the potential to prevent a substantial number of new cases of this disease in the 21st century”.
- “We found that women who ate the most red meat in adolescence or early adulthood had an increased risk of developing breast cancer later in life. One serving a day increment in red meat intake during adolescence was associated with a 22% higher risk of premenopausal breast cancer and each serving per day increment during early adulthood was associated with a 13% higher risk of breast cancer overall. Our analysis took into account most of the known breast cancer risk factors, and we adjusted for smoking, alcohol intake, age, hormone therapy, and oral contraceptive use. Still red meat was one the important breast cancer risk factors. If women decrease the amount of the red meat they eat—for example, having it once a week instead of twice a day—they will decrease their risk of developing breast cancer. And because red meat is not the only risk factor for risk of breast cancer, we suggest that women adopt a healthy lifestyle: drink less alcohol, don’t smoke, and get some physical activity” Scientist Maryam S Farvid, Harvard School of Public Health, October 2014. Study by Maryam S. Farvid, Eunyoung Cho, Wendy Y. Chen, A. Heather Eliassen and Walter C. Willett reviewing the Nurses’ Health Study II cohort of 44,231 women aged 33–52 “Adolescent meat intake and breast cancer risk” as published in the International Journal of Cancer on October 3, 2014.
- “Higher red meat intake in early adulthood may be a risk factor for breast cancer, and replacing red meat with a combination of legumes, poultry, nuts and fish may reduce the risk of breast cancer”. Substituting one serving/day of legumes for one serving/day of red meat was associated with a 19% lower risk among premenopausal women. Substituting one serving/day of legumes for one serving/day of red meat was associated with a 15% lower risk of breast cancer among all women. Substituting one serving/day of combined legumes, nuts, poultry, and fish for one serving/day of red meat was associated with a 14% lower risk of breast cancer overall. Study by associate professor Maryam S Farvid, associate professor Eunyoung Cho, assistant professor Wendy Y Chen, assistant professor A Heather Eliassen and professor Walter C Willett on 88,803 premenopausal women from the Nurses’ Health Study II “Dietary protein sources in early adulthood and breast cancer incidence: prospective cohort study” as published in the BMJ 10 June 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3437.
- For women there is no safe threshold for alcohol and breast cancer; drink alcohol at your own risk. Study published online March 28, 2012 in Alcohol and Alcoholism. It was funded by the Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC), the Dietmar Hopp Foundation, and the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation, Heidelberg, Germany. As reported by Medscape.org on 23 April 2012.
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