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!!