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Bye-BYe - Breast Cancer

RISKS

Family history/genetics plays a significant role in the incidence of breast cancer. However, the most significant contributor to breast cancer, or any other cancer for that matter, is alcohol. Alcohol interferes with the maintenance of your genes and is the single most significant contributor to breast cancer. Alcohol interferes with your ability to repair DNA damage by destroying the vitamin Folate. That is why, prior to and during pregnancy the new baby has a better chance of good health if the mother doesn’t drink alcohol and takes prenatal vitamins (folate being the one most significant component). The same holds true as you age.

PREVENTION -

The NIH reports in a recent study based on the results of the WHI that breast cancer incidence is reduced as much as 10 fold (390/100,000 to 40/100,00) if testosterone is kept in a mid normal range throughout life.  Dr. T has used both estrogen and testosterone for the treatment of the menopause since 1990. Testosterone supports the distal genital tract, preventing incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and improves libido. His clinic has treated approximately 2,500 patients in this way, interestingly, not one has developed breast cancer.. Hopefully, clinical trials will be done to establish this as a universal preventive measure.   He strongly recommends testing free testosterone for women on OCP over thirty, all women over 40. Testosterone can be supplemented with a simple cream applied to the skin..

If you drink alcohol, supplement your folate level with a daily vitamin.. Folate is the ONLY vitamin that is recommended for anyone that is not a Vegan. The human diet has expanded way beyond vegetables and this displaced folate (the vitamin from “FOLiage” - FOLate), the critical vitamin in protein production.

When Prevention Fails - Early Cancer Detection Saves Lives...

The PAP smear, breast self examination and mammography, as well as colon cancer screening detect changes in the body that lead to cancer.   These screening tests are the basis of preventive care.  Genetic testing is now available for those who are at risk for cancers of the breast and colon.  Many other advances in genetic medicine will provide even more specific testing to warn those who are at high risk.