Breast Removal: Bravery Or Quackery
As reported by Carol Bedrosian (5/13) Don't Remove Your Breasts Until Reading the NCI Disclaimer
The celebrity-style announcement of Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy to
"prevent" breast cancer has injected a new level of fear and disinformation
about breast cancer into public discussion.
While about 2% of diagnosed breast cancers are related to mutations in the
breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA), which Jolie tested positive for, this
does not mean these women have an 87% chance of developing breast cancer, as
originally reported by many media outlets. Overall, women with the BRCA
mutation have a 45-65 percent increased risk of breast cancer, according to
Joseph Mercola, MD. "It’s important to understand that while you may carry a defective gene, it does not
mean that the genetic trait is destined to be expressed. There are many
alternatives to dramatically decrease your cancer risk through the lifestyle
choices you make."
These include important choices like a healthy diet, exercise, vitamin D intake
and reducing stress levels. It also means avoiding many toxic ingredients found
in common household and beauty products. For decades, women have been pampering
and "beautifying" themselves with cosmetics that are storing up a burden of
toxicity within their bodies, specifically in breast tissue and the adjoining
The National Cancer Institute admits that other genetic or environmental factors
may be the cause of the highest cancer rates among BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
patients: "It is important to note, however, that most research related to
BRCA1 and BRCA2 has been done on large families with many individuals affected
by cancer. Estimates of breast and ovarian cancer risk associated with BRCA1
and BRCA2 mutations have been calculated from studies of these families.
Because family members share a proportion of their genes and, often, their
environment, it is possible that the large number of cancer cases seen in these
families may be due in part to other genetic or environmental factors.
Therefore, risk estimates that are based on families with many affected members
may not accurately reflect the levels of risk for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation
carriers in the general population. In addition, no data are available from
long-term studies of the general population comparing cancer risk in women who
have harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations with women who do not have such
mutations. Therefore, the percentages given above are estimates that may change
as more data become available."
In Other Words, Even Amputating Your Breasts May Not Prevent Your Development Of
If Other Genetic Or Environmental Factors Are Involved.
What might our breast cancer risks be like if we eliminated toxins from our
products, cleaned up our diets and spent more time outdoors soaking up vitamin
D and energizing earth energies? We could seriously decrease or even eliminate
the risks of triggering cancer genes into action in our bodies.
First do no harm. The rush to test — with an expensive, patented test owned by a single controlling drug company,
prohibiting any other agencies from researching, testing, developing or even
giving second opinions! — and then amputate, appears extreme as a reasonable preventative health measure.
We can do better with our health.
Carol Bedrosian is the publisher of Spirit of Change, New England's largest holistic magazine.