The study offered no theories as to the causes associated with this increase in numbers. With so much focus on the awareness, early detection, and treatment of breast cancer, it seems that the numbers should be decreasing. Apparently we are missing something. Maybe PREVENTION?
Statistics show that the risk of getting breast cancer increases with age. Approximately 77% of women are over 50 when diagnosed with breast cancer. Could the accumulation of radiation from having a mammogram, year after year (with many recalls), contribute to the increase in breast cancer as women age? It's something to think about. (Breast thermography is radiation free!)
What about our environment? A woman's exposure to the hormone estrogen is associated with her risk of developing breast cancer. Certain chemicals in the environment act like estrogen in our bodies. A few examples of these "xenoestrogens" that build up in our bodies over a lifetime are weed killers, pesticides, and plastics.
Some proof of this is stated on the Breast Cancer Action website where it says: "Non-industrialized countries have lower breast cancer rates than industrialized countries. People who move to industrialized countries from countries with low rates develop the same breast cancer rates of the industrialized country."
As Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." What are some things we can do to be more cautious? Here's what the Breast Cancer Action website suggests. (http://www.bcaction.org/)
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- Acting now, even before definitive scientific proof of harm, to reduce and eliminate practices that we suspect do harm to human health or the environment because lack of evidence does not equal lack of harm.
- Seeking out alternatives to activities that pose a threat to human health or the environment.
- Shifting the burden of proof so that the companies that make and profit from products and activities must prove that they are safe, rather than the current situation where the public is required to prove that something is harmful before it’s stopped.
- Using an open, informed and democratic process that involves affected communities in decisions being made about their health and their environment.