Cancer

What is Cancer

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Cancer comes in many shapes and sizes, and how it affects the body varies greatly. Cancer is a term used to describe a group of illnesses all having certain common characteristics. These characteristics include an over-growth of cells that forms a tumour;There are over 200 different types of cancer, each with a specific name, treatment and chance of being cured. The most common cancer types in Ireland: skin cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer  bowel cancer. What all cancers have in common is the lack of normal cell growth, which can result in serious health problems.

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Genetic Testing Prophylactic or Frankenscience

The 'prophylactic' removal of women's breasts by their "holistic doctors" due to BRCA1/BRCA2 status is becoming a disturbingly popular trend, celebrated in mainstream media and medical industry as a reasonable choice that saves lives... but is it reasonable or even supported by science? Recent announcements that high profile celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Sharon Osbourne, Christina Applegate, Allyn Rose (Miss America contestant) announcements have undergone 'prophylactic' double mastectomy (and resultant reconstruction of perfectly formed plastic boobs due to their BRCA1/BRCA2 status has disturbing implications for mine and your daughters.

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Naturopathic Causes and Treatment of Cancer

tumour formationThe tumour, whether benign or malignant is not the disease but an indication of an underlying Pattern of Disharmony that can be addressed through adequate nutrition and appropriate lifestyle advice. From a naturopathic perspective the causes of cancer are multifactorial. The pathophysiology of cancer is due to a combination of free radicals, toxins, ageing & chronic inflammation causing damage to cells, leading to genetic mutation, cell death and resultant hyperproliferation of the cell and angionenesis (the formation of new blood vessels to the blood thirsty tumour). Cancer is also caused by imbalances on a spiritual, emotional, mental and physical plane. From a naturopathic perspective there is a plethora of dietary, lifestyle, supplement and herbal medicine advice that will address the causes of a tumour, alleviate the symptoms and halt or reverse the progression of the disease. See Cancer Support

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99% of breast tumours contain preservative parabens

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Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives by cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup, and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives. They are becoming increasingly controversial, however, because they have been found in breast cancer tumors (an average of 20 nanograms/g of tissue). Parabens have also displayed the ability to slightly mimic oestrogen and play a role in the development of breast cancer. Another concern is that the oestrogen-mimic aspect of parabens may be a factor in the increasing prevalence of early puberty in girls.

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Oestrogen Dominance in Breast & Prostate Cancer

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Oestrogen dominance, also known as oestrogen excess, occurs when the level of oestrogen outweighs the level of progesterone in the body. This is said to be caused by a decrease in progesterone without a subsequent decrease in oestrogen. From a naturopathic perspective, oestrogen dominance is not only to do with internal hormone imbalance however even more so by external environmental oestrogens known as xenoestrogens. From a naturopathic perspective there is a plethora of dietary, lifestyle, supplement and herbal medicine advice that will address the causes of oestrogen dominance and alleviate the symptoms. Excess oestrogen is associated with many health conditions in women and men.

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Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen for Breast Cancer

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As reported on Monday, 28 March 2011 on the BBC news a panel of experts have reported in the Lancet Oncology that drugs such as Tamoxifen could reduce the chances of developing breast cancer. According to Professor Jack Cuzick however, an epidemiologist at Queen Mary, University of London, "For every 1,000 women on Tamoxifen for 10 years, we estimate there would be 20 fewer breast cancers. But there would be three more womb cancers and six more deep vein thromboses." Tamoxifen is a powerful drug with powerful side-effects. So women need to think carefully before deciding whether they want to take Tamoxifen long-term or look at alternatives such as dietary, lifestyle changes and herbal medicines that can reduce breast cancer risk. See Cancer Support

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Breast cancer rise blamed on lifestyle factors

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As reported on Friday 4th February 2011, lifestyle is being blamed for a huge increase in cases of  breast cancer with the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer rising from one woman in nine to one woman in eight. According to new figures, published by Cancer Research UK breast cancer rates in Britain have gone up by 3.5 percent over the last decade with 47,7090 women diagnosed with the disease. In 1999 42,400 were diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Breast Cancer Increasing Among UK Women

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The lifetime risk of getting breast cancer has risen from one woman in nine to one woman in eight with lifestyle factors including binge drinking, obesity, a poor diet, women having children later in life and use of hormone replacement therapy being blamed for the rise.

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Anti Cancer Foods

anticancer brassicaceaeFrom a naturopathic perspective when we say a food is anti-cancer what we mean is it contains compounds which act as natural TKIs and inhibits the formation the of new blood vessels to the tumour, can prevent genetic damage from inflammation by inhibiting Cox and Lox and IL6, lowers TNF alpha, is a natural SERM and blocks oestrogen, blocks glucuronidase and aromatase, thus lowers cancer promoting oestrogen, improves methylation of cancer causing hormones via the enterohepatic cycle and is antioxidant to prevent free radical damage

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