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Some Alternative Ideas During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 17, 2009

For the last 25 years, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been an international campaign aimed at sharing information about the disease as well as raising funds in order to find better treatment and hopefully a cure.  It appears as though this effort is finally beginning to prove successful, as evidenced by a plateau in incidence rates that has now occurimagesred after decades of steady increases.  

In what promises to be a turning point in the battle against Breast Cancer, new cases of Breast Cancer actually experienced a decline from 1999 to 2005.   This drop in new cases has led to quite a bit of speculation, and some have even gone so far to say that this drop may be due to a sudden accompanying drop in the use of mammography or post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy.  This idea (and other similar ideas), if proven true, would fly in the face of conventional cancer treatment, and is worthy of discussion. 

In one such case, a Norwegian study that appeared in the Journal of American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine in 2008 revealed that there was a sudden 22% increase in breast cancer occurrences in women who began regularly receiving mammography screening (i.e. every two years).  Though there are a number of possible reasons for this increase (such as radiation and trauma to breast tissue), it seems to be the case that the increase in cases is not, at least purely, a result of heightened awareness linked to more frequent testing.    

Some researchers speculate that the procedures that follow positive mammographic results may actually be the culprits in the progression of cancer.  Typically, after one becomes aware of a cancerous growth in one’s body, discovering whether or not the growth is malignant is the subsequent step.  However, the way some practitioners go about this task has become the target of new research to learn more about the progression of the relevant cancerous activity.  

Traditionally, biopsy is the main method utilized in discovering the nature of the cancer.  This procedure is one in which a sample is removed from the growth for the purpose of observing its behavior on a cellular level.  Though the biopsy does achieve its objective, some researchers wonder if it may lead to a greater problem.  

When a person is experiencing a cancerous growth within their body, sometimes the body itself responds in such a way as to create a barrier around the growth in order to contain it.  When this barrier is broken, particularly in the case of biopsy, metastasis (the spread of cancer) may occur more rapidly than it would otherwise.

One alternative form of screening that does not involve radiation is known as thermography.  This method utilizes a medical screening device that emits infrared detectors, which produces little to no harm to the bodily tissue.  Obviously much more research is needed on the subject, and is just one more reason why we need to raise more money for research.  

In addition to alternative treatments out there, there are also some alternative prevention ideas out there as well.  It appears that some in the community believe that vitamin D may be a tremendously effective route towards the avoidance of developing a variety of cancers.  

When the body produces vitamin D, organs such as the kidneys and liver activate a hormone.  This hormone causes a phenomenon called cellular differentiation, which is an effect that in many ways seems opposite to that of cancer.  In fact, human cancer cells have been shown to have specific receptor sites for vitamin D.  As exhibited in lab animals, vitamin D3 also inhibits a process known as angiogenesis, or the growth of new blood vessels that permit the spread of cancer.

In conclusion, we have a long way to go towards minimizing the effect of Breast Cancer on our loved ones, and it is always helpful to have an understanding of varying ideas on treatment and prevention.  This month, donate money to research and continue to urge your loved ones to be aware of their bodies and the very real potential for Breast Cancer.  Together we can help make a difference.

(Clear Medical Solutions and Clear Medical Agency do not actively engage in cancer research and this article is not a position paper supporting any particular school of thought on treatment or prevention of Breast Cancer.  This article is for information purposes only and is only meant to stimulate discussion and awareness about this very serious topic.  We are thankful for all the men and woman that work day and night to make a difference in this fight and we believe that preventing the deaths of thousands of loved ones around the world is a noble cause worth investing in.  We support all research and ideas that may lead to a safer world where the fear of Breast Cancer can someday be history.)

Question: What do you think about the Norwegian study done in 2008?

About the Author: Ashley Montore is a Staff Writer with the Clear Medical Solutions Communication Team.  Her work is regularly shared on the Clear Medical Agency newsletter and the ClearManagementMatters.com blog.            

References:

“Breast Cancer Rates Soar after Mammograms and Some Cancers May Heal Naturally.” Sherry Baker. November 24, 2008. http://www.naturalnews.com/024901.html

“The Risks Associated with Biopsies.” Jo Hartley. December 24, 2008. http://naturalnews.com/025159_cancer_biopsy_Prostate.html

“Vitamin D is Nutritional Key for Prevention of Breast Cancer.” Mike Adams. October 13, 2009. http://www.naturalnews.com/027230_cancer_Vitamin_D_brst.html

(Clear Medical Solutions and Clear Medical Agency do not actively engage in cancer research and this article is not a position paper supporting any particular school of thought on treatment or prevention of Breast Cancer.  This article is for information purposes only and is only meant to stimulate discussion and awareness about this very serious topic.  We are thankful for all the men and woman that work day and night to make a difference in this fight and we believe that preventing the deaths of thousands of loved ones around the world is a noble cause worth investing in.  We support all research and ideas that may lead to a safer world where the fear of Breast Cancer can someday be history.)

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