How to Protect Yourself From Breast Cancer…

10 Strategies to Prevent and Treat Breast Cancer

Dr Hyman |

breast cancer

I’m at high risk for breast cancer based on my genetic history,” writes a longtime reader. “What advice do you have to prevent it, or if someone has it, are conventional treatments the only option?”

In the 1960s, one in twenty women were diagnosed with breast cancer; today that number has risen to one in eight women. According to The American Cancer Society, over 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2015.

These statistics, and the latest research, suggest environmental factors are driving cancer. Breast cancer risk has significantly increased due to factors such as poor diet, toxins, chronic stress, and sleep deprivation.

Terrifying as the statistics can be, the good news is that you can implement a number of powerful, simple things to prevent and treat breast cancer.

Genetics loads the gun, but environment pulls the trigger. Even if you have a familial history of breast cancer, you are not necessarily doomed. Even if your doctor gives you the seemingly hopeless news, you have an arsenal of tools to treat breast cancer.

As beneficial and lifesaving as they can be, conventional therapies like radiation and chemo overlook how simple yet powerful things like diet, toxins, and digestion contribute to cancer.

I met a woman recently at the Cleveland Clinic where we started practicing Functional Medicine about a year ago. This well-intended woman, the director of a breast cancer clinic, advocates something called “active surveillance,” which is really inactive surveillance, because they don’t do or prescribe anything in between visits. They simply wait to see what happens next.

I say that what happens in between visits is the missing link that conventional medicine overlooks. There are plenty of things you can do in between visits to prevent or stop the progress of breast cancer.

In my practice, I take a different approach through Functional Medicine, which considers the factors that increase breast cancer risk and then eliminates them. From that perspective, you can literally change the soil in which cancer grows.

Imbalances in seven key systems in your body contribute to breast cancer, along with every other disease. Among these seven key systems is hormonal imbalance; let’s take a look at how this can contribute to breast cancer:

  • High insulin levels eventually create insulin resistance
  • Sugar is a driver behind high insulin levels. Every time you eat sugar, you raise insulin levels
  • High insulin levels promote inflammation and enable cancer cells to grow.
  • Sugar, especially in the form of high-fructose corn syrup and other processed carbohydrates, surges your READ MORE:


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