Breast Cancer Fact Sheet

Breast Cancer Fact Sheet

When I am out and about speaking to women’s groups about breast cancer, so many tell me that they think that breast cancer is hyped-up and really isn’t that “big of a deal”. Women who say this to me come from all ages and races. Many women who have made it to 70 and haven’t had breast cancer, simple think that they are “safe” and past the age of getting diagnosed. But that can be a costly mistake. Other times it is young women who think that they are “immune” from getting breast cancer, thinking it is an older woman’s disease. Please remember, that many young women get breast cancer, and when they get it, it is often more aggressive as Estrogen levels are much higher in young women than older women.

So, what are some of the risk factors for breast cancer?

The most common risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. Which is interesting, as most women think that when they are in menopause, they are immune from getting breast cancer. However, the largest group of women being diagnosed with breast cancer is women in menopause. So, don’t assume you are safe. Get yourself checked with thermography, mammograms and genomic testing. Out of the 3 of these, genomic testing is the only one that not only gives you risk factors according to your genes; it also gives you solutions according to your genes. So personalized, individualized and customized. Now that’s just what you need to prevent getting the most common type of breast cancer, Estrogen Receptor Positive!

Another common risk factor is being a “white” woman. White women are diagnosed more often with breast cancer. However, the death rate is higher for Black women. They believe that this is due to diagnosing in the latter stages of breast cancer when death rates are at their highest.

Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States of America. In 2016, more than 240,000 cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women and 2,600 cases in men in the USA.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

In 2016, about 40,450 women and 440 men were expected to die from breast cancer in the USA

One in 7 women in the USA will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the world and the leading cause of cancer death in women, with an estimated 1.7 million new cases recorded in the year 2012.

Every 60 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer.

At the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths around the world will occur in the next 25 years.

Every two minutes, one case of breast cancer is diagnosed in the USA.

These facts are not meant to scare you out of your wits, but to inform you, keep you grounded and not hide your head in the sand and pretend that this cannot happen to you. All the breast cancer survivors I spoke with all thought the same thing, “This will never happen to me”. They were shocked and in total disbelief when they got the diagnosis. So it would seem, most of us live in denial that this disease will arrive at our doorstep. But truly, you don’t have to be worried about it or ignore it at all.

Simply take this in-home, private and easy test with a simple swipe of your inner cheek (You know, like on all those CSI shows). And in 6 weeks, you’ll know precisely what is going on in your body. For me, this is the most important part – you get answers/solutions on what action steps you can take to avoid getting ER+ breast cancer. What good is it to know you are at risk and have no solutions? Come on, jump aboard this fantastic health train to avoid getting the most common breast cancer – Estrogen Receptor Positive (ER+). I’m here to give you action steps that will give you Peace of Mind!

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?

Here’s to a Breast Cancer-Free 2018!

Here’s to a Breast Cancer-Free 2018!

Happy 2018 to all my lovely followers. This is the time of year when we set goals that we want to accomplish for the New Year. Many of us set financial goals or even goals for our children, but we don’t set our own health goals. Thinking of the health of our breasts seems to be out of mind, something we take for granted. But, when I talk with women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and survived, they always vividly remember the day and the minute that they heard the words; “You have breast cancer”. So I ask you to think about your breasts and how you can keep them healthy throughout your lifetime.

As a nutritionist, I would always suggest that people begin the New Year doing a detox/cleanse. It’s not that I don’t advise that anymore, but now I can go a lot deeper with my clients. Not everyone is able to cleanse properly no matter what cleanse you are utilizing. Why you ask? Please keep reading.

You see, there are many genes involved in the process of your liver’s ability to detoxify chemicals, pesticides and even Estrogen. Estrogen is a much-needed hormone, but when your liver cannot break it down correctly so that it can be properly eliminated from your body it becomes your enemy. I found that out when I did my genomic test. The test results showed that I actually had several SNP (single nucleotide polymorphisms) that made it very difficult for my liver to function properly in order to eliminate dangerous chemicals out of my body including Estrogen. So, I could do every cleanse offered on the market, but because I had a few “hiccups” on the detoxification pathway, I would be wasting my money . . . and so would you.

Before you jump in and get on the 2018 Cleanse Band Wagon, take a moment to take the Detox Complete Genomic Test to see how your liver is able to breakdown dangerous chemicals, pesticides and Estrogen. And, if you have a few “hiccups” as I did, you’ll get solutions to overcome them. Solutions just for YOU so that you can talk to your DNA. So personalized, so fabulous. Now when I cleanse, I know my liver is fully operational and ready to complete the task. So I benefit completely from a New Year cleanse and so will you.

No guessing, no one cleanse fits all. Find out about YOU and how your body is working. Then discover your individual solutions. This is truly the key to keeping you breasts cancer FREE. I am standing for all women to never hear those heart-stopping, breath-taking words, “you have breast cancer”. And if you’re thinking that you cannot afford the test, please think again as even if you have great health insurance it still costs out of pocket at least $10,000 when a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.

So, here’s to a healthy 2018 knowing you are setting health goals for your breasts and your body! The Detox Complete Genomic Test will show you how. I look forward to meeting you and getting to work with you!

5 things to know BEFORE you get your genes tested

5 things to know BEFORE you get your genes tested

So many people are getting their genes tested to find out where their “people” come from. You know heritage. I think it’s wonderful as it ties people and cultures together. They truly are advertising on the TV for people to take the test and the ads are cute! Several of my friends have done this test and are amazed at what they find.

I deal with genomic testing which is a fast and upcoming industry. This testing is looking for variants on your genes that can cause diseases. These are not mutations, but hiccups on your genes that can be influenced by diet, lifestyle and supplements. It is so important to choose a testing company that’s a good match for you. So, here are the 5 things to know BEFORE you get tested.

1. Is your Data safe?  Any company using a lab that follows strict clinical lab regulations has to meet high standards for not only handling your specimen and protecting your privacy, but also for what they can do with your data.  Ask f they adhere to CLIA and/or ISO standards, and if the results are intended for clinical use or “entertainment” or research use only.  This is a growing area, and there is a lot we are still learning about genes and health.   Even if your data is stripped of your identifying information, you want to know if and how they will use it.  Will they sell your data to other companies for profit?  Will they use your anonymous data for research and share that knowledge freely with the scientific community for advancement of knowledge for all?

2. Is the information clinically relevant for you?  If you don’t know what to do with the information, it has little value, right?  There are over 20,000 genes now identified thanks to the Human Genome Project, and each gene can have many variations called SNPs (snips) to evaluate.  Most of them we don’t yet know what they do, or how to change the potential impact.  But there are many that we do know a lot about, both in how they can potentially predispose to diseases and how to potentially prevent that disease.  Does the company test genes that we know enough about to use in a clinical setting with real people, or do they include genes still in “research phase”?  Does the report tell you what the potential impact is, and give you clear action steps that can help you and your practitioner know what to do and how to measure the effectiveness of your interventions?

3. Do they test for multiple genes for various health conditions, or only a few?  Up until recently, much of the research was focused on only one or a few genes at a time.  Now we understand the complexity of how genes interact with each other, as well as with the environment.  The more genes you evaluate in a given pathway, and looking at multiple pathways involved in a given condition, the more complete the picture.  It’s like a jigsaw puzzle – if you’re missing a lot of pieces, you are left guessing what the final picture will look like.  This is the “polygenic” model, and where genomics is currently heading.

4. Is the information updated on a regular basis?  Genomic research is exploding at an exponential pace.  We are learning and refining (and sometimes actually changing) our understanding of genes every day.  You will get more value from your testing if the information you get is current.  Do you want a company that updates its reports every 6-12 months or every 5+ years?  Updating these reports based on ongoing research is time-consuming and expensive, and most companies don’t change or update them once they bring them to the market.

5. Do they offer support for you and your practitioner on how to use the information in a way that makes sense for you?  Like any other test, your genomic test results are a tool that in incredibly powerful if you know how to use it.  Since this science is new and rapidly growing, it is hard for many practitioners to keep on top of all the other things they do to help you stay healthy.  They may need some help from seasoned practitioners in order to give you the most benefit.  What kind of support can they get?  Can they talk with a person who has been in the trenches using genomics with their own patients?  It does matter who does the genomic research and application.

That is why I work with the best company doing genomic testing.  They have integrity and are so helpful to practitioners using genomic tests.  I have already seen changes in their reports as they update and improve the reports.  And, you never have to worry about your information being sold or shared with other companies for any reason.  Top rated and top-notched.  Don’t’ be afraid to ask these 5 questions before doing any gene testing.

Genomics vs Genetics

Genomics vs Genetics

Most people know that “genetic testing” refers to measuring traits that are passed from one generation to another. Traits like hair color or eye color, or diseases such as hemophilia, sickle cell disease or cystic fibrosis are examples of inherited characteristics. A genetic mutation results in a complete loss of function of that gene, resulting in a breakdown and meltdown of that gene’s ability to function, and most often leads to a disease condition.

In contrast, “genomic testing” refers to evaluating subtle variations (booboos) in a person’s DNA, called SNPs (pronounced snips) that result in the way a gene expresses itself (how it communicates with other cells). These SNPs may have the potential to create disease and premature aging. The good news is that a majority of these problematic SNPs (you know, the problem child) can be overcome by changes in diet, lifestyle, and environment and/or with nutritional supplements. Piece of Cake (I mean Kale)!

These gene “hiccups” (SNPs) can be inherited or occur spontaneously when DNA undergoes replication, a process that takes place when cells divide. Cells must go forth and multiply, as they know they have an expiration date!

So what does this have to do with YOU and getting Breast Cancer? Well, knowing how these SNPs impact your health AND knowing how to correct them, can be instrumental in avoiding and preventing you from getting many of the chronic diseases that are associated with aging, such as heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and breast cancer. Wow, that’s incredible!

We now have the tools, expertise and skills to unzip your DNA (sounds sexy doesn’t it?), and discover your DNA “hiccups” that can lead to breast cancer. Then using evidence-based research, recommend specific, personalized action steps to reduce your risk of getting the most common type of breast cancer!