If you live in a toxic dump, or you have NEVER eaten a vegetable, or you are always stressed out, there is a possibility that one factor has caused you to get cancer. More often, though, cancers are caused by a combination of elements that have created an enviroment for cancer to proliferate. Not enough oxygen, too much sugar, a compromised immune system, abnormal pH levels, clogged digestive tract, toxins, parasites and some say viruses can all contribute to a cancerous environment.
Listed on this page are some underlying contributors to this disease:
There are different types of tumors. Lumps can be tested to see if they "estrogen receptive" or "progesterone receptive" which means they are hormonally influenced. Up to two-thirds of breast cancer tumors are estrogen or progesterone receptor positive. This is significant because these tumors tend to grow relatively slow. This test could influence treatment decisions as there are drugs that binds to estrogen receptive cells. Another test that can be done on a lump measures its rate of growth. Some tumors grow rapidly while others take years to grow. A slow growing tumor may not be much of a threat to an octogenarian.
Radioactive substances are made up of unstable atoms that can harm the body. A radioactive element is structurally similar to its nonradioactive counterpart, differing only in the number of neutrons it contains. If you do not obtain sufficient amounts of calcium, potassium, and other nutrients in your diet, the body will absorb the radioactive elements that are similar in structure to these nutrients. For instance, radioactive strontium-90 is similar in structure to calcium. If someone who is deficient in calcium is exposed to this radioactive substance, the body will absorb it and attempt to utilize it as though it were calcium. Likewise, radioactive cesium-137, which is similar to potassium will be absorbed by the body if it does not maintain sufficient levels of potassium.
Victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster were given large amounts of iodine in an attempt to prevent their bodies from absorbing the radioactive iodine-131 from the fallout. In the neighboring towns of a nuclear plant in Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authorities issued iodine pills to the population as a preventative even though there were no documented emission of radiation from the plant. Iodine is needed by the thyroid to produce hormones that help regulate certain body processes. Radioactive iodine-131 in the thyroid could cause damage to nearby cells and decrease the functioning ability of the thyroid.
Modern mammography equipment uses very small doses of radiation and does not cause an increased risk of breast cancer. Since X-rays do accumulate in the body, you want to minimize the amount of X-rays you receive.
Although the practice of mammography has had little impact on the number of fatalities from breast cancer, it still can be instrumental in early diagnosis of breast tumors. Early diagnosis followed by early treatment is the best weapon we have against breast cancer today. Getting a mammogram is no substitute for a self exam where you check your breasts physically and visually for any changes.
Microwave ovens no longer use radiation; they use sound waves to raise the temperature of food. However, there is increasing concern that microwaving in plastic containers could be harmful as the process can cause harmful chemicals to be absorbed by the food. Some microwave ovens can cook unevenly which means harmful bacteria could proliferate and cause illness.
High estrogen can contribute to breast cancer. A poor diet makes it difficult for the liver to rid the body of excess estrogen.
The average American diet is chromium deficient due to the lack of chromium in our soil and water and by a diet high in refined white sugar, flour and junk foods.
American soils are deficient in 75 minerals. In the US, it is common practice to refurbish depleted soils with nitrogen fertilizers. Science News (136:255, 1989)
Research indicates that this process reduces the vitamin C content of vegetables. Furthermore, it has been observed that the gassing of tomatoes, bananas, and other produce to improve and hold their colors for longer periods of time actually diminishes their vitamin C content drastically.
Pasteurization of orange juice reduces Vitamin C content (heat kills Vitamin C). Saturated fats bind with Vitamin C in the body. Foods high in sugar remove Vitamin C from the body. Studies show that 70 percent of Americans between the ages of 15 and 55 have insufficient levels of Vitamin C in their bloodstreams.
Freezing destroys Vitamin E.
John Heinerman, Ph,D., in his book Dr. Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Nature's Vitamins & Minerals, discusses nutritional deficiencies and the role they play in our health. This book discusses nutritional therapy and sites many scientific studies and case histories.
"A focus has been described as a chronic, abnormal, local change in connective tissue, capable of producing the most varied distant effects beyond its immediate suroundings, and therefore in constant conflict with local and general defence." pg 117, Cancer A Second OpinionRoot canal filled teeth, infected teeth and chronically-diseased tonsils and even a fully-healed scar may sometimes act as a focus depleting the immune system of its defense. These are potentially large sources of toxicity and may contribute to a host of degenerative conditions.
Read more about the effects of root canals on the immune system.
Falling victim to stress can have a strong effect on our health. Stress produces biochemical changes, many of which have negative effects on health. Lack of time, too much work, family problems, financial worries are stress factors that we all must manage.
Stress is specific physiological responses to perceived or real external or internal demands placed upon a person. Stress responses, the bodies way of preparing itself for fight or flight, can be observed in a number of observable symptoms - sweaty palms, tight neck muscles, an upset stomach. Other symptoms, like elevated blood pressure, higher cholesterol, hormonal imbalance and lower resistance to disease, are harder to see but can be very detrimental to your health. Excessive worry and anxiety, feeling keyed up, and having no interest in intimacy are all signs of too much stress.
Stress produces "stress hormones" that increase the production of arachidonic acid, from which the body makes prostaglandins that increase platelet stickiness, blood pressure, water retention and inflammation. These are protective in the jungle for fight or flight. Stress reduction is an important healing factor for breast cancer patients. Meditating or finding a quiet place inside yourself allows us to leave stresses outside.
Pesticides, chlorine, formaldehyde and other environmental toxins/plastics
"More than 75,000 chemicals inhabit your environment."These quotes are from a MAMM magazine article by Helen Caldicott, MD called Toxic Soup. I first read papers by Caldicott some fifteen years ago when she spoke out against the hazards of nuclear waste and nuclear bombs. She has always been a well-versed advocate of the environment. In Toxic Soup, Caldicott reveals the coincidental increase of breast cancer (1% per year since 1940) and the production of synthetic chemicals that has increased 350 times from 1940 to 1982. Here are just a few facts from the four page article:
Some man-made chemicals have the potential to disrupt the endocrine system of animals and humans because they are closely related chemically to the estrogens in our body. These "environmental estrogens" can mimic the effects of natural hormones or block them from functioning properly. This can result in birth defects, immune problems and cancer.
Natural environmental estrogens are called phytoestrogens and are found in legumes, garlic, carrots, apples and coffee. When eaten in large amounts, plants containing these phytoestrogens can limit the reproduction of their predators. Phytoestrogens are not stored by the body and so do not cause permanent damage.
Synthetic environmental estrogens, however are not easily broken down and have been found to be more detrimental to animals and humans. These artificial estrogenic molecules are referred to as endocrine disrupters and can be found pesticides, plastics, detergents, lacquers and other everyday materials.
Because they do not break down easily, remain in the environment for long periods of time, accumulate within tissue (because they are fat soluble) and are stored in animal tissue, endocrine disrupters have a tendency to accumulate at the top of the food chain. Therefore eating meats (beef, chicken, pork, fish and egg) or drinking milk of animals who have accumulated pollutants in their system is a likely source for humans. The amount of ingestion through air, water or plant foods would be substantially low.
Living in an Affluent
According to Dr. Jane Green, lead author of the study, the link between greater, height and increased total cancer risk is similar across different populations from Asia, Australia,Europe, and North America.
The types of cancers which were found to increase with height include cancers of the breast, ovary, womb, bowel, leukemia, and malignant melanoma.
May, 2012: According to research to be published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, those affected by severe sleep disordered breathing (SDB) are 4.8 times more likley to develop cancer than those who are not. Those with moderate SDB are at double the risk, and those with only slight SDB have a 10% increased risk of developing cancer. Read more at med.wisc.edu.