Preventive mastectomies triple while offering no survival benefits
(NaturalHealth365) Although it offers virtually no significant survival benefit, hundreds of thousands of women are opting to undergo healthy breast removal after a first diagnosis of breast cancer. In fact, over the past decade, the number of women choosing to have a mastectomy on a healthy breast has tripled.
Although patients are being urged to weigh anticipated benefits with the possible risks before choosing double mastectomies, patients choosing to remove a healthy breast indicate they are doing so to “extend life.” However, research continues to show no survival advantage except for those who fall into a very high risk category.
Research paints different picture than patient perception
In a recent analysis led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, researchers documented a sharp increase of U.S. breast cancer patients making the decision to surgically remove a healthy breast. However, those same researchers found increasing evidence that the complex surgery offers patients no measurable improvement in survival over those choosing to only remove a diseased breast or even those opting to undergo breast-conserving treatment.
Patients undergoing the more extreme surgery of breast removal are exposed to a host of additional risks, including increased opportunity for hospital-borne infection, increased risk of surgical complications, prolonged recovery, greater costs, greater need for repeat surgeries and a deeper impact on self-image. The analysis included data from nearly 500,000 women who were diagnosed with stage 1, 2 or 3 cancer in just one breast. The women were followed for more than eight years.
Among women in the study, nearly 60 percent opted to have breast-conserving surgery and one-third had the diseased breast removed, but 7 percent also had their healthy breast removed. Those opting for the more radical approach increased from 3.9 percent of patients in 2002 to a full 12.7 percent in 2012. Yet, the researcher found no significant different in survival rates compared with those who chose to have breast-conserving surgery.
Did you know? The liver is the most important detoxifying organ in the body. When the liver can’t effectively neutralize and dispose of toxins, they accumulate in the body. Two essential nutrients for healthy liver function are milk thistle and glutathione. These two ingredients - plus much more – are now available in an advanced liver support formula. Click here to learn more.
Researchers noted that only about one-third of those opting to have a healthy breast removed fell into very high-risk categories that may potentially realize some advantages in survivability rates. This included patients with BRCA1/2 gene mutations, a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, and those who underwent a treatment known as mantle field radiation during childhood.
Lessening risk of death from breast cancer without radical surgery
Women diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast are making the choice to remove the other healthy breast because they are frightened by survivability statistics, dread a future diagnosis of recurrence and in most cases, are not well-informed about the vast number of effective alternative treatments. For many of these women, increasing the opportunity for survival lies in simple, natural changes to their diet.
Here are just three of the research-backed options for naturally reducing the risk of death from breast cancer:
1. Vitamin C. Whether in supplement form or with increased intake of foods containing high levels of vitamin C, women increasing their d can expect a markedly lower risk of death from breast cancer, ranging from 15 percent to 23 percent lower risk of dying from breast cancer.
2. High fiber. Studies have shown that high dietary fiber reduces blood estrogen levels, decreasing breast cancer risk. One study in Toronto found consuming a muffin daily containing 25 g of flaxseed over the course of 32 days reduced breast cancer tumor growth by 71 percent.
3. Extra virgin olive oil. A recent study in Spain concluded that just four spoons of olive oil per day lowered the risk of breast cancer by 66 percent.
Obviously, there’s much more that can be done to minimize the risk of cancer. Besides wholesome (organic) food, we must do everything we can to reduce stress in our life such as, avoiding excessive amounts of EMF pollution from wireless devices; improving our relationships and never forget the value of physical activity – to name a few important steps.
The key is to take action today.
Cancer & Heart Disease
NaturalHealth365 is a premium source of trending and popular health-related news, science, testimony & research articles on the most up to date and relevant natural health information. The Food & Nutrition articles found herein are meant to inform and advise our site visitors on eating healthy, nutritious foods and safely using supplements and vitamins to achieve optimal health.
Join thousands of daily visitors staying informed and involved on Natural Health 365! We seek out scientific solutions with proven results and it is our mission to keep you up to date on the latest information! Articles range in topic from the causes of cancer, cancer-fighting foods, to natural cancer treatments, cancer prevention & specific research-backed information on Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, etc. We also write extensively on Heart Disease because it is accounts for 25% of all deaths in the United States – that’s one in four! We take an in depth look at the symptoms of heart disease, the causes and treatment of high blood pressure, benefits of CoQ10 and healthy, natural ways to unclog arteries.
Read Some of Our Most Popular Articles
Grape Seed Extract More Effective than Chemotherapy, Olive Oil is AWESOME, Store Bought Almond Milk is Basically Just Sugar Water, Antioxidants, Cancer & Blueberries.
More Food & Nutrition Articles
Fresh Organic Produce Fights Cancer, Susan G. Komen on Organic Foods, Hemp Seeds for Inflammation, Pau D’Arco For Improved Immunity
In addition to publishing articles on cutting edge natural cancer treatments and heart disease prevention, we also aim to connect healthy lifestyles, diets and balanced consumption of dietary supplements to long-lasting cancer-free health and adding happy years to your life. For example, did you know that the amount of emotional stress in your life can contribute to your risk of cancer? Or that raw, expeller-pressed olive oil has cancer fighting qualities? Perhaps you didn’t know that Fresh Organic Produce has been found to have higher concentrations of key, cancer-fighting anti-oxidants and vitamins than conventional produce? You can find all of that information and more right here on Natural Health 365.
Join Our Email List
Each day, visitors sign up for our weekly informative news sent directly to their email or RSS feed agregator. We send out three weekly emails keeping you informed and involved on the latest Natural Health News, information about our FREE SHOWS and updates on your favorite topics including Food & Nutrition, Cancer & Heart Disease, Vaccines & Autism, & – of course – GMOs & Dangerous Chemicals!
You can also check out our VIP member area, The Inner Circle, where you get access to thousands of recorded interview (audio/video), pod casts, & literature by some of the worlds foremost experts on Natural Health and Treatments that could save you thousands! Learn how to REVERSE disease without the use of toxic and expensive medications.
Natural Health 365 also is a venue for webinars on various topics, has a flourishing e-commerce store where you can purchase vitamins, pro biotics, supplements and unique products such as Grazing Goat Whey Protein.
Grazing Goat Whey Protein™ is formulated exclusively for the health-conscious consumer looking for the finest whey protein nutritional supplement on the planet.* Best of all, this goat whey protein comes from goats that graze – 365 days per year – on pesticide and chemical free pastures. No hormones, antibiotics or pesticides are used – ever. This product is non-GMO and gluten free.