Most Women are Asking “WHY?” Instead of “WHY NOT?”

Most Women are Asking “WHY?” Instead of “WHY NOT?”

I met up with a former client who jumped at the chance to take the Detox Complete Genomic Test over a year ago. I was just checking in with her to see how she was doing/feeling and if she had any questions regarding her results. Before we parted ways, a question popped into my head. I asked her WHY she jumped at taking the test. She looked at me somewhat puzzled and answered, “You’re asking the wrong question. The real question for any woman to ask herself is, WHY NOT take the test?”. I asked her to explain her statement.

Here are her reasons for the WHY NOT question:

  • With one in seven (1/7) women getting breast cancer, why not take this simple test?
  • With 70% of all breast cancers being Estrogen Receptor Positive (ER+), why not take this simple test?
  • With 80% of all breast cancers being non-hereditary, why not take this simple test?
  • With menopausal women becoming the largest group of women being diagnosed with breast cancer, why not take this simple test?
  • Since breast cancer doesn’t discriminate, why not take this simple test?
  • Even if you think you are the least likely person to get breast cancer, why not take this simple test?
  • Why would you hesitate to know exactly how your body is working from the inside out, focusing on how your liver is able to detox pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals, and especially how it is able to break down Estrogen so that it can be eliminated through proper channels – Why Not take this simple test?
  • With more and more pollution in our air, water and food, why not take this simple test?
  • Since most of we women have been on the Pill longer than 5 years, why not take this simple test?
  • Since many of us wait until our mid-30’s to have our first baby, why not take this simple test?
  • Since more and more of us are turning to dangerous fertility drugs to get pregnant, why not take this simple test?
  • With the average out-of-pocket expenses even with good insurance running around $10,000.00, why not take this simple test?

She reminded me that no one in her family had ever had breast cancer, and yet her test results revealed some “hiccups” in her body’s ability to get rid of toxic chemicals (many estrogenic) and Estrogen. But with knowledge, comes power! Now she knows exactly what she has to do to get her genes to behave better. She knows HOW to speak to them using diet, lifestyle and supplements. Her eyes lit up when she said that. She found this so fascinating and magical. “Can you imagine, knowing what you need to do to avoid the leading cause of death in women in the World, breast cancer”?

Now remember, there are several kinds of breast cancer. But, 70% of all breast cancers are Estrogen Receptor Positive (ER+). That is precisely what this test will show you, your risk and solutions to avoid getting ER+ breast cancer. And for those of you who have had ER+ breast cancer or who have family members who have had ER+ breast cancer, this test is your ticket to amazingly, powerful information so that you can have peace of mind. My paternal grandmother died of ER+ breast cancer. She got it in one breast, had a mastectomy, and then got it in her other breast. This isn’t uncommon, as about 25% of women who survive ER+ breast cancer, will get it again. Don’t let that happen to you!

Now I know “prevention” may not sound sexy or appealing, but let me tell you, a diagnosis of breast cancer is totally unsexy and unappealing! The survivors I have spoken with all agreed that they would love to turn the clock back, take a simple test and “prevent” getting breast cancer.

Ladies, our breasts are such an important part of our femininity. They are sitting out front for everyone to see, and sit on top of our chest covering our heart. Take the time to protect them, give them love to keep them healthy and breast cancer free. As my former client said, “There is nothing more powerful than taking care of yourself. And this test was everything I was looking for and more”.

So if you’re a woman asking yourself WHY you should take this test, turn it around and ask yourself WHY NOT?

How Estrogen plays a role in Breast cancer risk

How Estrogen plays a role in Breast cancer risk

Simply put, women have a high risk for breast cancer based on their cumulative lifetime exposure to Estrogen. In fact, lifetime exposure to Estrogen is an independent risk factor for breast cancer. The exposure to Estrogen can be from food, birth control pills, fertility treatments, hormone replacement therapy, bio-identical hormones, or even from treatments of various chronic diseases, such as polycystic ovarian disease, endometriosis, vaginal bleeding and osteoporosis.

There are 3 estrogen hormones. They are Estrone, Estradiol and Estriol. Estradiol is the most powerful of these three. It has several key functions in the female body. It is essential for the development of the female reproductive tract, and helps regulate menstrual cycles. In the dance between Estrogen and Progesterone, Estradiol also helps develop secondary sex characteristics during puberty, prepares the uterus for implantation, and also plays a role in bone, brain, blood vessels, and liver tissue.

The dark side of Estradiol is that it is associated with the development and progression of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers. When Estradiol binds with a specific receptor site, it can increase cell division and DNA damage. Typically, your body responds to damaged DNA by jumping into DNA repair mode. But if the DNA repair mode is weak and compromised, Estradiol can activate the rapid growth of abnormal cells in the breast leading to the most prevalent type of breast cancer: estrogen receptor positive (ER+).

Although most people think that all types of breast cancer are slowly declining in the US, the National Cancer Institute reported that breast cancer rates will skyrocket by 2030! It is estimated that the rate will grow from 283,000 in 2011 to 441,000 in 2030! The number of in situ tumors that are ER+ are expected to increase from 19% to 29%. And, diagnosed women between the ages of 70-84 are expected to increase from 24% to 35% due to the aging baby boomer generation. Luckily, there are more effective treatment options for ER+ breast cancer compared to other types of breast cancer. But, ER+ breast cancer is also the most preventable. All the breast cancer survivors I have spoken with shared the immense emotion, physical, financial and medical struggles for them and their families. What is that old saying . . . “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. All of the survivors I spoke to would love to have had that ounce of prevention.

Your body is equipped to deactivate and clear out the most potent estrogen, Estradiol. However, sometimes there is one or more “hiccups” in this process and can compromise how Estradiol is broken down (or not broken down) and therefore, increase the risk of breast cancer. The more “hiccups” a woman has in this process, the higher her breast cancer risks. Particularly ER+.

With a simple swab of your inner cheek, you can see how your body is deactivating and clearing out Estradiol. Isn’t technology amazing?? But really, here is the truly amazing part – you’re given effective, evidence-based action steps to minimize your risk of ER+ breast cancer or prevent its recurrence. 25% of women will get a recurrence of ER+ breast cancer with 5 years.

I am passionate that every woman do this genomic test to see how her body is clearing Estrogen. Especially women who have been diagnosed with ER+, have conditions associated with excess estrogen, as well as those who are taking oral contraceptives, traditional or bio-identical hormones, or those thinking about fertility treatments. Don’t wait and see, thinking this could never happen to you. Be proactive and take charge of your breast health!! Contact me directly here. Let’s get you on a healthy breast path today!!

The History Of Breast Cancer

The History Of Breast Cancer

I have had many women sit in my office sipping tea and ask me about the discovery of breast cancer and some of the earliest treatments. I thought it might be helpful to summarize those conversations and share the history with my readers.

For many, it is inconceivable to think that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women around the world. And because of this, it has been widely studied throughout history. In reality, the research done on breast cancer has contributed to breakthroughs in other types of cancer research. So even though many may think not enough progress has been made in breast cancer, the research has been helpful to many others.

Medical writings about breast cancer date back to 3,000-2,500 BCE! In ancient Greece, people made offerings in the shape of a breast to the God of Medicine. Hippocrates described the stages of breast cancer in the early 400’s BCE. In the first century AD, doctors actually began experimenting with surgical incisions to destroy tumors. They also thought that breast cancer must be linked with the end of menstruation so this belief prompted its association with older age. In the Middle Ages, medical progress and religious philosophies became closely linked. Christians thought that surgery was barbaric and were in favor of faith healing and Muslim doctors studied the Greek medical books to learn more about breast cancer. The Renaissance saw an uptick in surgery as doctors began exploring the human body. John Hunter, the Scottish father of investigative surgery, identified lymph as a cause of breast cancer. Lumpectomies began to be performed, but there was no anesthesia so surgeons had to operate quickly and accurately. The first radical mastectomy was performed in 1882. This surgery methodology would remain the standard operation to treat breast cancer until the 20th century. By 1895 the first X-ray was taken. Eventually, the x-ray technology was used to develop mammograms. In 1898, the Curies discovered radioactive radium and polonium. Shortly thereafter, radium is used in cancer treatment. The 1980’s-1990’s brought about new discoveries. New drugs such as Tamoxifen and Raloxifene are developed that help reduce breast cancer risk for postmenopausal women who are at higher risk. The latter has a lower chance of serious side effects than Tamoxifen. New surgical techniques are also discovered that are not as disfiguring.

Currently, breast cancer treatment is becoming more personalized as doctors learn more about the disease. Also, being able to isolate specific genes and classify breast cancer accordingly is the beginning of more tailored treatment options. Special tests can tell doctors more about breast cancer. One test, Onotype DX, can examine a part of the tumor to find out which genes are active in the tumor. With this information, they can predict how a person’s cancer will respond to different treatments. Then doctors can decide on the best course of treatment for that person.

This is all great news if you already have cancer. Notice how they are using genetic testing to discover the DNA of the cancer tumor in order to specifically target and kill the cancer cells? That is totally related to how I help clients. Now remember, I am all about PREVENTION not treatment. I use the DNA of the person to design a specific, individualized plan to prevent getting the most common kind of breast cancer. This acts specifically on your DNA just like the doctors use their treatments to act specifically on the DNA of the tumor. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather take the DNA of a person verses a tumor so that we can stop someone from developing cancer in the first place! Again, please understand using the DNA of the tumor is fabulous for treatment. But, the horse is already out of the barn! So much emphasis is placed on treatment and early detection that we have forgotten all about PREVENTION.

So, if you’re ready for a personalized breast cancer prevention plan, please contact me here!