Seven Secrets About Breast Cancer

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Secret # 1 The Money Spent On Research Into Breast Cancer Is Not Ensuring That Less Women Get Breast Cancer.
Secret # 2 You Do Need To Act Against Getting Breast Cancer Before You Reach 50 And You Cannot Rely On Mammograms.
Secret # 3 You Are At Risk Of Getting Breast Cancer Even If You Don't Have It In Your Family.
Secret # 4 Most Of The Money Spent On Research Is Not Going Into Prevention To Ensure That Less Women Suffer The Devastating Effects Of Breast Cancer In The Future.
Secret # 5 Most Women Are Not Breast Aware And Are Afraid Of Breast Cancer.
Secret # 6 Women Are Not Given Lots Of Advice On How They Can Protect Their Breasts Against Breast Cancer.
Secret # 7 Most Women Do Not Appreciate How Important Their Breasts Are And Do Not Do Everything They Can To Look After And Protect Them.

The above "secrets" are issues which aren’t generally recognized by most ladies and could also be shocking to you. In this text, I intend to make clear these info and permit girls to make up their very own minds how they method their breast well being.


The Pink Ribbon and Breast Cancer Awarenss Month was launched within the US in 1985 and launched to the UK in 1993. The Pink Ribbon Foundation is fronted by the Estee Lauder group of corporations (recognized for cosmetics and skincare).

Since then the pink ribbon image has change into synonymous with breast most cancers and in the course of the previous 15 years billions of kilos have been raised in its identify. Every October the world celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month and fund elevating throughout that month is phenomenal. All the breast most cancers charities vie with one another to see who can provide you with essentially the most modern "pink" fundraising. They run pink events and promote pink merchandise with a view to elevate cash. Many corporations participate and do particular promotions throughout October for his or her most popular charity. "Pink" is huge enterprise.

So with all this cash being raised throughout October and in addition at different occasions in the course of the 12 months by means of occasions like charity runs and walks, is there an affect on the breast most cancers charges within the UK and all over the world? Are they coming down? Are fewer girls affected by the devastating results of breast most cancers?

Unfortunately, the reply is 'no'.

In the UK, from 1993-2004, breast most cancers incidence has elevated 18.5%, that’s 1% per 12 months. 1 in 9 girls will get the illness throughout their lifetime with present projections of 1 in 7 by 2010. 45,500 girls had been recognized in 2005, which equates to 125 girls daily. Worldwide greater than one million girls are recognized with breast most cancers yearly. It can also be projected that breast most cancers charges will rise most in creating nations, the place girls would not have entry to high quality care and the place they may also be handled as outcasts in sure societies.

Breast most cancers survival charges have improved. Every 12 months greater than 12,300 girls and 70 males die from breast most cancers. Since the height within the late 1980s breast most cancers loss of life charges have fallen by a 3rd. Breast most cancers medicine have helped to save lots of girls's lives however, as with every medicine, can have long-term facet impacts. Also the price of these medicine places nice pressure on the NHS. If breast most cancers charges proceed to extend as they’ve been doing, then, in keeping with Professor Karol Sikora as reported within the Daily Mail on 09/09/08, "the following era of medication would hold sufferers alive longer, however may swallow half of the present NHS most cancers finances inside 4 years. (this refers to all most cancers medicine at a price of £ 50 billion).

With the billions being raised by individuals all over the world within the identify of breast most cancers, is it proper that truly extra girls are getting this devastating illness yearly?


Women within the UK are supplied breast screening by mammogram each three years from the age of 50. This is as a result of breast most cancers remains to be extra widespread in girls over 50 but additionally as a result of the breast tissue of youthful girls is denser and, subsequently, makes it harder for a mammogram to select up on a possible breast lump.

However, this could possibly be giving the message to youthful girls that they don't have to examine their breasts themselves. Based on my expertise throughout my breast well being talks, only a few youthful girls examine their breasts. The primary causes for this are that no-one has proven them find out how to, they don't know what to do, they assume that they solely want to fret if breast most cancers is within the household (see Secret # 3) or they’re afraid that they could discover one thing.

For a youthful girl it’s much more necessary to examine her breasts from her mid-twenties as breast most cancers in youthful girls is normally far more aggressive because the breast most cancers cells can multiply extra quickly than in older girls. If ladies had been taught by their moms to examine their breasts from their mid-twenties, they’d not be afraid — it could simply be a part of their basic regime of taking care of themselves. Also they’d really feel assured about what to do. Breast self-examination is straightforward to do after getting been proven how and there are even gadgets in the marketplace which may also help you achieve this with confidence and larger accuracy.

Breast most cancers is the largest killer of ladies aged 35-54, which implies it is smart for ladies on this age bracket to do all the things they will to guard their breasts.

Furthermore, I don’t consider that we must always depend on mammograms both. Women are solely screened each three years and, normally, a mammogram can solely detect a breast tumor as soon as it has been rising for eight years. By the time the tumor reaches 10 years, it could possibly be too late. The different factor to recollect is {that a} mammogram can solely display the a part of the breast which may be put into the "clamp". It can’t display underneath the armpit or between the breasts for instance.

Lastly, there’s rising concern over the security of mammograms. The following are extracts from an article written by Peter Leando PhD.

"Controversy has raged for years as as to whether the dangers associated to the radiation publicity suffered from mammography are justified by the advantages gained …… new proof regarding the actual sort of radiation used and the onerous proof regarding the scientific advantages of mammography have precipitated a critical re-evaluation of the justification of mammography as a screening take a look at.

Radiation from routine mammography can’t be immediately in comparison with different sorts of X-ray like chest X-ray and so forth as a result of they’re very several types of radiation.

The comparisons which have been used between a chest x-ray and mammography, 1 / 1,000 of a rad (radiation-absorbed dose) for a chest X-ray and the 1 rad publicity for the routine 4 movies taken of each breasts for a mammographic screening examination ends in some 1,000 occasions larger publicity. (This refers back to the US, the place they do four-way screening. In the UK sometimes solely two-way screening is obtainable.)

This is taken into account a major danger issue when prolonged over a ten 12 months screening interval and a possible accumulative dose of 10 rads. Unfortunately this isn’t the foremost danger posed by the actual sort of radiation utilized by mammograms, mammography X-rays use a low vitality type of ionising radiation that causes larger biologic injury than the excessive vitality X-ray. The very low vitality electrons have an effect on the density of ionisation tracks that cross by means of the tissue, which might trigger complicated injury to the DNA and carcinogenic adjustments.

The radiation utilized by mammography is nearly 5 occasions simpler at inflicting most cancers. "So, girls do want to begin checking their breasts from their early twenties and we can’t depend on mammograms 100%, significantly for younger ladies who would have a larger publicity to radiation throughout their lifetime in the event that they had been supplied mammograms from a youthful age. Also mammograms don’t detect Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) which is a a lot rarer type of the illness and doesn’t contain a lump. This would solely detected by a girl searching for adjustments to her breasts and reporting them to her physician.


Amongst the lots of of ladies I’ve talked to about breast well being, the overwhelming majority had been underneath the misunderstanding that breast most cancers is primarily hereditary. They had been stunned to listen to that fewer than 10% of circumstances happen to girls who’ve breast most cancers within the household.

In truth, each girl is in danger and may take management of her personal breast well being to offer herself the very best likelihood of prevention or early detection.

The different commonest acknowledged danger elements are:

  • Age — breast most cancers is extra widespread in girls over 50
  • Early puberty — it’s worrying that puberty is beginning youthful, with most ladies beginning their intervals at major faculty
  • Late being pregnant — many girl are opting to have youngsters later
  • Late onset menopause
  • Not having youngsters and never breastfeeding — this was often known as early because the 18 th century when a health care provider in Italy seen that nuns had larger ranges of breast most cancers than the final inhabitants
  • Being chubby — this is applicable primarily to post-menopausal girls
  • Alcohol — over-consumption will increase the danger of breast most cancers

Acknowledgment danger elements account for round 50% of breast most cancers circumstances. For the rest, there are not any particular causes.

There are a rising variety of scientists, industrial corporations and people who consider that this remaining 50% is because of the rise of the variety of chemical substances which have been launched over the previous 50 years. They are utilized in our meals, in our toiletries, within the office, in our garments, in our furnishings — actually, in each facet of our lives. Many of those chemical substances are endocrine disrupting chemical substances (EDC's), also called hormone disruptors or oestrogen mimickers. In easy phrases, they act like oestrogen in our our bodies and could possibly be liable for altering our delicate hormone stability which controls occasions like being pregnant, puberty, menopause.

An attention-grabbing instance of the degrees of oestrogen of British girls was examined in a collaborative research undertaken within the late 80's between Oxford University, the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine Beijing, Guys, and the Dept. of Preventive Medicine, LA, California. They in contrast blood-serum concentrations of hormones linked to breast most cancers between girls in rural China and in Britain. The outcomes confirmed that British girls who’re uncovered to poisonous chemical substances of their on a regular basis lives had more and more larger ranges of oestradiol (oestrogen) than girls dwelling a rural life-style in China (see desk under).

On this theme, the Guardian on-line reported on 22/05/07 that 'Beijing blames pollution for rise in killer cancers'.

Oestradiol ranges larger in British girls by: Age 35 — 44 36% Age 45 — 54 90% Age 55 — 64 171%


As we all know, billions of kilos are raised yearly worldwide within the identify of breast most cancers and most of this cash is obtained by the mainstream breast most cancers charities. In my opinion, the areas which needs to be focused by these funds are prevention, remedy and care. You would most likely anticipate these areas, at the very least, to be handled with equal significance and the funds out there allotted accordingly.

Let's first check out the mainstream breast most cancers charities on this nation, particularly Cancer Research UK (who clearly cope with all cancers), Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Campaign and Breast Cancer Care.

Cancer Research UK has accomplished an enormous quantity of analysis into breast most cancers and their web site has a wealth of helpful data with lots of element on breast most cancers. Their slogan is 'Together We Will Beat Cancer'. The charity gives funding schemes to scientists. Their analysis technique is directed at lowering mortality from most cancers and extra girls are surviving breast most cancers than ever earlier than. Cancer Research UK is wanting attempting to stop breast most cancers in girls recognized to be at excessive danger of creating it (approx 10% of victims). Doctors have seemed into utilizing tamoxifen and different hormone blocking medicine reminiscent of anastrozole (Arimidex) to decrease the danger of breast most cancers in girls with a robust household historical past. This work needs to be accomplished very fastidiously. These girls are wholesome and the remedy aimed toward stopping breast most cancers should not danger their well being in different methods.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer helps a program of cutting-edge organic analysis to achieve their imaginative and prescient of 'a future free from the worry of breast most cancers'. Breakthrough arrange the UK's first devoted breast most cancers analysis heart in 1999, the Breakthrough Toby Robins Breast Cancer Research Center. Breakthrough is funding The Generations Study whosepurpose is primarily to research environmental, behavioural, hormonal and genetic causes of breast most cancers, and secondarily to research the causes of different cancers and illnesses, by the use of a UK cohort research to be established of greater than 100,000 girls within the UK aged 18 years and older at entry.

However, once you have a look at environmental elements as a doable danger issue, it appears to be dismissed as a result of it’s too tough to analysis because of the big quantity of chemical substances to which we’re uncovered in our on a regular basis lives. You can learn extra at their web site underneath "danger elements".

As I’ve talked about, I’m one of many many individuals who consider that sure chemical substances which act like oestrogen in our our bodies are a contributing consider rising breast most cancers charges. I’m upset to see that Breakthrough are usually not even together with this as a doable danger issue, significantly as we all know that extreme oestrogen has been linked to breast most cancers cell progress.

Breast Cancer Campaign cites its mission is to beat breast cancerby funding modern world-class analysis to know how breast most cancers develops, resulting in improved prognosis, remedy, prevention and treatment. The charity is supporting 97 tasks price over £ 12.eight million in 41 places all through the UK. Over the previous 13 years, Campaign has awarded 232 grants with a complete worth of over £ 23 million to universities, medical faculties / educating hospitals and analysis institutes throughout the UK. Campaign's breast most cancers analysis hole evaluation doc has been printed by the open entry journal Breast Cancer Research. The doc entitled 'Evaluation of the present data limitations in breast most cancers analysis: a spot evaluation' is the product of two and a half 12 months mission. It concerned round 60 of the important thing breast most cancers scientists within the UK.

Through their web site, they promote merchandise of varied varieties and the businesses who personal these manufacturers donate a part of their income to the Campaign. They embrace issues like lip gloss, fragrance, toiletries, clothes and stationery. Some of us would say that lots of the merchandise embrace dangerous elements and are usually not truly contributing to the breast well being of the women shopping for them! I used to be additionally upset that, though they point out prevention of their mission assertion, I’ve one among their leaflets that exhibits prevention solely receives 1% of their finances.

Breast Cancer Care, as its identify suggests, is primarily involved with the care and remedy of women going by means of breast most cancers. It supplies invaluable data and assist.

I applaud all of those organizations who’re devoted to their work to assist us perceive and deal with breast most cancers.

However, I nonetheless consider that the danger issue of sure chemical substances affecting our delicate hormone stability needs to be taken severely and that every one the out there analysis needs to be studied. It is necessary to notice that solely 50% of breast most cancers circumstances may be put right down to one of many acknowledged danger elements. What is that this remaining 50%? What has modified in our world over the previous 50 years? It can also be attention-grabbing that different nations are recognizing the risks of those chemical substances and banning substances. I additionally consider in adopting the 'precautionary precept', which implies that if there’s a doubt over the security to public well being, then we must always not wait till it’s too late however take motion as quickly as doable. It has additionally been proved that there are options to those doubtlessly dangerous chemical substances after we see the rising variety of corporations who’re promoting safer meals, cosmetics and toiletries.

This is why I’m an energetic supporter of Breast Cancer UK, the one charity whose primary focus is major prevention. We are decided that breast most cancers needs to be a 'preventable' illness not an 'inevitable' one. There is plenty of analysis out there on the hyperlink between endocrine disrupting chemical substances and breast most cancers. It is time that this was taken under consideration when taking a look at breast most cancers danger elements.


Despite the massive deal with being breast conscious, particularly throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, nearly all of girls are usually not breast conscious. In truth, most ladies pay little consideration to their breasts and do little or no to take care of them, besides perhaps throughout breastfeeding. Our breasts signify our femininity — they make us really feel horny they usually nourish our kids. Yet most ladies don't even know what their breasts really feel like, let-alone examine them for something uncommon.

It is so necessary that ladies take management of their very own breast well being by endeavor month-to-month self-examination to examine for any adjustments. If they discover a lump and go to their physician right away, the possibilities are the lump will likely be benign (80% are) or, whether it is cancerous, they’re giving themselves the very best likelihood of restoration. At Stage One, girls have round a 95% likelihood of surviving past 5 years. At Stage One the lump is lower than 2cm and has not unfold to the lymph nodes or anyplace else within the physique. At Stage Four this survival fee drops to 1 in 10. The common dimension of lump found by chance by girls who don't examine their breasts usually is roughly 3.6 cm.

I’ve spoken with lots of of ladies by means of my breast schooling work and most ladies don’t examine their breasts as a result of they don't know what to do, they don't understand that every one girls are in danger, they don't know in regards to the 4 levels of breast most cancers and the corresponding survival charges, they don't actually take into consideration the necessity to do something to take care of their breasts or they’re afraid that they could discover one thing.

According to analysis by Breast Cancer Campaign, breast most cancers is essentially the most feared illness amongst girls. Fear is normally resulting from a lack of awareness. This is definitely the case right here. If girls understood all the things detailed right here, they’d wish to give themselves the perfect likelihood of survival ought to they get the illness. The present method to girls's breast well being clearly isn't getting by means of, which is why I consider it’s time to get girls to take management themselves and empower different girls to do the identical.


In the previous, GP surgical procedures used to run Well Woman clinics the place any girl may go and see a health care provider or nurse and be given recommendation about taking care of herself with sensible data like being proven find out how to examine her breasts. Very few surgical procedures provide these clinics now. This is among the causes that I began my Breast Health Presentations. I discuss to girls within the office or in different gatherings and empower them with data, which helps to take away a few of their worry. I additionally present them find out how to examine their breasts and discuss to them about their bra-wearing habits, find out how to keep away from dangerous chemical substances of their on a regular basis lives and find out how to profit from detoxifying breast therapeutic massage.

As we all know, breast most cancers is essentially the most feared illness amongst girls and understanding the way it develops, the danger elements and, most significantly, find out how to defend towards it, will make girls really feel extra in management and optimistic in direction of their breast well being.

During October and different occasions in the course of the 12 months, the main focus is on breast most cancers somewhat than breast well being. I’m a type of individuals who consider that the extra you deal with one thing destructive, the extra you’ll get of it. This is why it’s time to change that focus.

I consider that it’s positively time for ladies to take their breast well being into their very own arms, which is why I’ve launched my new marketing campaign "Healthy Breasts For Every Woman". You can learn extra at .


As I discussed earlier than, most ladies give little or no thought to their breasts. They stand up within the morning they usually might give them a wash within the bathe. They then shove them right into a cage we name a bra (and most ladies put on a bra that doesn't match them correctly) and neglect about them for the remainder of the day. It is wonderful that we reside in a society which is obsessive about breasts and ladies do little or no to guard this most treasured a part of their physique. It can also be wonderful that ladies lay our a fortune on taking care of each different a part of their physique with lotions and lotions and neglect about their breasts! I do know that after girls perceive extra about breast well being and don't really feel so helpless within the face of breast most cancers that they do wish to be proactive and take management of their breast well being.