Cancer as a disease strikes terror in everyone, but breast cancer is the most feared amongst women. It results in over 500 000 deaths a year in the United States, which is around 10% of all cancer related deaths. The United States has the highest incidents of this cancer than any other country. This shows it is a lifestyle disease. The Banting Diet or Banting Lifestyle can help with breast cancer prevention
Being a mainly lifestyle disease breast cancer is preventable. Some cancers maybe hereditary but breast cancer is no listed as one of them. The poor lifestyle choices of modern living is driving this disease. The main factors are, obesity, poor microbiome, poor diet and no exercise.
The cancer starts in the lining of the milk ducts.
Self examination is the most important tool in the fight against this disease. Most cancers are discovered by the patient. Early detection, like with all cancers is vital. The earlier the detection the greater the chance of survival. Treatment is usually surgery, chemotherapy and radiation followed by hormone therapy.
As the women get older the risk of this cancer increases. So good lifestyle habits at an early age are essential. Only 5% of sufferers are under the age of 40.
The worst habits are
- excessive alcohol
- lack of exercise
Lets evaluate each of these habits.
Of all the habits alcohol is the lowest risk, about 8% for two units a day. It does, however, increases the more you drink.
Smoking is a massive risk factor, this includes secondary smoke. Exposure to secondary smoke in pre-menopausal women increases the risk by an amazing 70%.
Obesity is another big factor that increases proportionally with increase in weight. A gain of 9kg or 22lbs increases the the risk by 18%.
A lack of exercise goes hand in hand with obesity. Exercise also increases blood flow and oxygenation of the body and boosting the immune system
Mushrooms and green tea reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 90%. A study of 2000 women who ate mushrooms regularly had a 50% reduction in the cancer risk. The addition of green tea further reduced the risk.
Vegetables especially brassicas, incuding broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts, also reduce the risk by 42%. One and a half servings a day is recommended. The more of these vegetables the lower the risk.
The Banting Lifestyle has been further updated to take these findings into consideration. We cannot help you with the smoking risk factor but we can with the rest.