Fear of breast cancer is common – and not without good reason, given that one in 8 UK women are diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime.
Although breast cancer is common, nutrition and lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce risk; and can also support medical treatment for pre-existing cancers; and can help reduce risk of recurrence. Did you know, for example, that aAlcohol intake accounts for an estimated 12.1% of female breast cancers (Chem Biol Interact. 2020 Jan 5;315:108885)?
Evidence also shows that getting to a healthy weight, being physically active and eating the right type of diet for you, including an abundance of colourful plant foods, significantly reduces risk.
And over and above this, there are further, more personalised interventions that can help to reduce your individual risk. Whether or not you are pre-or post-menopausal, whether or not you choose to take HRT, there are things you can do to investigate how your unique biochemistry may be influencing your risk of breast cancer.
Using this information, personalised interventions can be created to alter the relevant biological pathways to improve your risk profile. Have you ever thought, for example, about your balance of hormones, about how your liver is metabolising these hormones, how stress is affecting your hormonal balance, and how your environment and lifestyle may be affecting your ability to control free radical damage to cells?
These are the types of issues that can be explored and acted upon in order to support your journey towards a lower risk category.
Note that the service offered in no way replaces that provided by medical experts. Lorraine is not a doctor. Rather, she is a registered nutritionist and nutritional therapist, and thus her work complements, rather than replaces, medical advice. If you suspect you may have signs and symptoms of an underlying disease process, you should see your doctor for medical investigations.