Modern medicine has amazing advances in detecting and treating breast cancer, and thankfully we can turn to these solutions quickly when a diagnosis comes up for us or a loved one. My desire is to shed light on practical preventative steps that we are in control of that can help prevent breast cancer.
A guide rail, if you will, to prevent us from falling into dangerous waters and needing emergency services to save us.
I’m an encourager and an optimist at my core, so I like to dispel myths and bolster my clients to have more personal power in their lives. This includes looking for “think different” sources of information.
My favorite currently is the study of epigenetics. A big word meaning that we have more control over the expression of our genes and what gets passed down the family tree than we ever thought possible. It turns out that what we eat, and how we move, live and think actually have a big role in the genes that get turned on and expressed in our bodies. Good news if you want to have a say in your health.
In a 2015 study published in the International Journal of Cancer, the role of cruciferous vegetables and soybeans were examined for their protective effect through gene expression. Did you get that?
Edamame, broccoli and cabbage have the ability to protect our boobies from cancer!!!
Now, let’s talk stress and its possible role in cancer. Chronic stress, you know the kind, living in imbalance with your body for extended periods of time and placing crazy goals that are unachievable to any human being, has physiologic effects that can lead us down a road to cancer and many other complications.
This information was taken from www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping/feelings/stress-fact-sheet, and gives a great explanation for the possible role of stress in cancer:
“Evidence from experimental studies does suggest that psychological stress can affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. For example, some studies have shown that when mice bearing human tumors were kept confined or isolated from other mice—conditions that increase stress—their tumors were more likely to grow and spread (metastasize). In one set of experiments, tumors transplanted into the mammary fat pads of mice had much higher rates of spread to the lungs and lymph nodes if the mice were chronically stressed than if the mice were not stressed. Studies in mice and in human cancer cells grown in the laboratory have found that the stress hormone norepinephrine, part of the body’s fight-or-flight response system, may promote angiogenesis and metastasis.” https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping/feelings/stress-fact-sheet
Understanding your unique manner to dealing with stress and finding ways to manage stress is something that YOU CAN control. For some ideas, check out www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/december-2014/how-stress-affects-cancer-risk.html
So… here’s my charge to you…
Go pig out on crucifers and organic soy beans – pass the slaw!
If you would like to discover more in depth ways to change your lifestyle reach out to me for a complimentary session.