Breast Cancer & Genomics
Did you know that 80% of women who get breast cancer have NO family history! Most of us think that since no one in our family has gotten breast cancer, that we are not at risk. This is a false sense of security.
There are several types of Breast Cancer, but the most common type is Estrogen Receptor Positive (ER+). In fact, 70% of all breast cancers are estrogen driven or ER+. And, 25% of the women who survive this diagnosis will get it again within 5 years because the cause was never addressed. Really, come on now!
ER+ breast cancer is the most preventable kind of breast cancer! Yes, I said preventable! WHAT! WHY don’t we know about this??
Answers are found using a simple test… a Test done in the privacy of your own home just swabbing your inner cheek (yes, like in all the CSI shows)!
This test shows exactly how YOUR body is breaking down the strongest Estrogen into weaker Estrogen so that you can remove it from your body as Nature intended. You actually can see HOW your DNA is processing Estrogen! It is so exciting! STOP the guessing! This is a personalized test, not meaningless generalized information!
You are then given very specific and individual solutions to get your DNA on the right track again. With a few lifestyle and diet changes you can Speak to your Genes and eliminate your concerns of getting ER+ breast cancer!
What the heck is Genomics?
Most people have heard of genetic testing. Currently there are several commercials out there advertising how you can discover your ancestry using your DNA. But few have heard of “genomic” testing. There is a difference, so let’s take a moment to distinguish the differences so that we are all starting on the same page.
In 2003, the Human Genome Project was completed. It showed all humans shared 99.9% of the same DNA. What makes each of us different, whether it is skin, hair or eye color, or even disease susceptibility is that 0.01% of DNA! A very small but powerful difference!
Genetics deal with rare mutations, or changes in the DNA that are often passed down from one generation to another. The outcome is usually predictable – you get a disease. A genetic mutation results in a complete loss of function of that gene, usually resulting in a breakdown of a body system, and most often leads to a disease condition. Common mutations you may know about are Sickle Cell Anemia, Tay Sachs disease, Huntington’s disease, or Down syndrome. These are all inherited mutations that cause a specific disease. What all of these have in common is that if you have the genetic mutation, you get the disease. Luckily these mutations are rare and occur in less than 1% of the general population. Presently, we do not know how to change the outcome of these mutations.
GENOMICS is different. Genomic testing evaluates subtle changes, or what I call “hiccups”, or variations in a person’s DNA called SNPs (pronounced snips). SNP stands for Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms. Genomics also deals with changes in our DNA, but these changes happen to be more common. SNPs are present in more than 1% of the population and sometimes are found in more than 50% of a given population. Now here is a crucial difference: the impact of a SNP isn’t predictable. The impact can vary and therefore may not directly cause disease. A SNP may have no effect at all, or it may change the shape of a protein making it less effective or sometimes it may actually rev it up. It all depends on the SNP and the interaction with the environment including your diet, your emotions and your physical environment. These gene “hiccups” can be inherited or occur spontaneously when your DNA unzips itself during cell division.
Unlike genetic mutations, where we cannot alter how that gene expresses itself, with genomic SNPs, we can change how a gene functions with diet, lifestyle and nutritional supplements. This is a game changer in health care! I find this so incredibly exciting because when you know how these SNPs can impact your Health AND then find out specifically what you need to do to correct them, you can take powerful steps to avoid or postpone getting many of the chronic diseases of aging such as heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity and CANCER! And that includes Breast Cancer. Now this is the really breathtaking and amazing take-away – while you cannot change your DNA, you CAN change the outcome! Your DNA is not your Destiny! Using evidence-based research on diet, lifestyle and nutritional supplements you can reduce your risk of getting many diseases! Now that’s what I’m talking about!!
It is so fantastic to be alive now because we have the tools, expertise and skills to unzip your DNA, and actually get to discover and influence some of your DNA “hiccups” that can lead to disease. This is precisely what I do with my clients who want to prevent getting the most common type of breast cancer. If you’re into the power of prevention, and want a customized plan that honors your uniqueness, then contact me and let’s unzip and change your DNA destiny!
Power. Prevention. Peace of Mind.