Duh-dun. Duh-dun. Duh-dun duh-dun duh-dun duh-dun duh-daaa, da-da dun da dun
Can you guess what series this is from?? If you guessed the pink panther then you are right! If you didn’t guess it then go back and sing it now. Probably one of the most memorable music scores! If you can’t recall or just want to put a smile on your face check out this YouTube video of the song.
Why am I bringing up the pink panther? Pink of course. The pink panther brought pink to the forefront before October did for breast cancer. The Pink Panther is known for its’ inept detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau that although he bumbles most of the investigation somehow he finds the answer. Perhaps they are similar though in that we bumble in figuring out the cause but are rallying for the treatment. However, as the Pink Panther has faded in most people’s memories, breast cancer has not.
- Numbers continue to rise not only for women but for men, too!!
- 1 in 3 women who get female related cancers is due to breast cancer.
- The incidence of breast cancer overall in women is 1 out of 8. 90% of these are NOT genetic!!
- According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, in 2023, an estimated 297,790 women and 2,800 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
We have continued to make strides in treatments but have made zero strides in prevention.
We have increased detection via CT mammogram but haven’t found a way to detect it without compression or radiation that is reliable by itself. Yes, MRI does this but then we have the dye issue that is now raising concerns of toxicity with repeated tests.
As breast cancer incidences continue to rise, I wanted to share a couple of key things you can be doing right now to help decrease your risk…. READ ON ….
- Stay active. Exercise not only decreases the risk of breast cancer but all cancers so get moving!! One study years ago showed exercising at least 30 minutes to the point of increased heart rate five days a week decreased the risk of recurrence of cancer by 50%. I would say moving is a no brainer for cancer prevention.
- Limit alcohol. Studies do show an increased risk of breast cancer with increased daily alcohol use. Limiting alcohol to no more than 2 drinks twice a week seem to be the threshold.
- Avoid xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are things that act like estrogen and can attach to the estrogen receptors. When you look at things that are xenoestrogens you will be surprised and maybe a light bulb will go off as a potential cause of the increasing incidence of breast cancer. Even just not storing your food in plastic and avoiding heating up your food in a microwave in plastic can make a difference. Don’t refill plastic water bottles – these are single use only.
- Sunscreen: 4-Methylbenzylidene, benzophenone
- Bisphenol A
- PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)
- Red dye No. 3/phenosulfothiazine
- BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) a food preservative
- This list is way, way too long.
I have lost some very dear friends to breast cancer, have friends who are cancer thrivers and many who are currently battling this right now. My own journey was over 13 years ago.
If you have cancer right now or know of someone who has cancer of any type let’s lift them up with many blessings for complete healing and peace.
To your health,