The National Breast Cancer Centre recently invited women to log on to the NBCC website and calculate their personal risk of Breast Cancer.
I logged on and the first thing I found was that my age was a risk factor with the vast majority of breast cancer occurring in post menopausal women. In fact about 3 out of 4 cases of breast cancer occur in women over 50. Other risk factors are being overweight and yes, I could do with losing a few pounds. So far, I have two risk factors. Over the page I find that I have avoided the hormonal risks associated with taking the pill and HRT and that because I breast fed my babies and had a normal onset of menopause my risk is positive but mildly so.
The NBCC’s list of risk factors revolve around the issues of lifestyle including the benefits of exercise and being of normal weight, not smoking and limiting alcohol intake. The advice includes the fact that the contraceptive pill may result in a small increase in risk while you are taking the pill and in the ten years after stopping it. The taking of combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for five or more years is also associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
But amazingly they appear to have omitted a really important protective factor that is associated with a reduction in breast cancer and that is exposure to sunlight. This may reduce your risk of advanced breast cancer, according to new research from Stanford University:
Sunlight cuts risk of many cancers By Roger Dobson Published: 21 October 2007
Sunbathing, considered risky by skin cancer experts, may actually reduce the risk of breast and other cancers, new research has found.
Some women who had higher sun exposure had their risk of advanced breast cancer reduced by almost half, according to the scientific study
The researchers from Stanford University, who report their findings in the American Journal of Epidemiology this week, said: "This study supports the idea that sunlight exposure reduces risk of advanced breast cancer among women with light skin pigmentation.'' The Stanford cancer specialists measured 4,000 women aged 35 to 79, half of them diagnosed with breast cancer, for the effects of long-term sun exposure.
Sun exposure may also protect against a number of other cancers, according to a second research team who studied more than four million people in 11 countries, including 416,000 who had been diagnosed with skin cancer.
These results, reported in the European Journal of Cancer, show that the risk of internal cancers after skin cancers was lower among people living in sunny countries. The researchers said: "Vitamin D production in the skin seems to decrease the risk of several solid cancers, especially stomach, colo-rectal, liver and gall- bladder, pancreas, lung, female breast, prostate, bladder and kidney cancers."
Sunlight plays a vital role in the production of beneficial vitamin D in the body. Although food provides some vitamin D, up to 90 per cent comes from exposure to sunlight.
But why are some people deficient in Vitamin D?
Some people are more at risk because of their skin colour. Pale skin exposed to the sun make vitamin D six times faster than dark skin. Mike Adams discusses the racism that underlies a recent report and recommendation from the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force in explaining why black women die from breast cancer at much higher rates than white women. In 113 pages of text containing 37 recommendations for how to solve the breast cancer problem with black women, there is not a single mention of vitamin D.
Darker skin pigmentation, blocks ultraviolet light absorption that generates vitamin D in the skin. Since vitamin D is a substance that halts the growth of cancer tumors when circulating in the blood, it's easy to understand why vitamin D deficiency in black women would result in higher breast cancer mortality.
When you consider other factors apart from skin colour that contribute to our lack of exposure to sunlight such as how we live and work these days usually inside and out of way of the supposed harmful rays of the sun is it any wonder that breast cancer and other cancers have been skyrocketing.
Why isn’t this information on how important sun exposure is for your health on the front page of nearly every newspaper and magazine or on the evening news? This study found
Do you think it might have something to do with the fact that no one is making large amounts of money by telling you this?
Mercola says that the converse is very true; large industries stand to lose billions of dollars if this information is widely known and adopted.
Mike Adams writes that for every woman who prevents breast cancer represents a LOSS of $800,000 in revenue for the breast cancer industry and that there is no motivation for anyone in the cancer industry to teach cancer prevention. Preventing cancer means losing repeat customers.
"Breast cancer has been transformed into a market-driven industry. It has become more about making money for corporate sponsors than funding innovative ways to treat breast cancer." - Health Studies researcher Samantha King, author of Pink Ribbons Inc.
The cancer industry is only interested in profiting from the millions of women who have breast cancer. It dictates what treatments are available, and asks for more and more money to help in the elusive "cure" for cancer and frightens and cajoles women into taking toxic chemotherapy and subjecting their fragile breasts to radiotherapy.
Total expenditure on breast cancer was $241 million in 2000-01. Of this, $96 million was spent on population screening mammography, $72 million on hospital admitted patients, $21 million on out-of-hospital medical costs and $27 million on pharmaceuticals requiring a prescription.
In 2000-01 breast cancer had an estimated lifetime treatment cost of $11,897.
The cost of advising women to spend an hour in the sun a day is trivial and I ask why there is no mention of vitamin D and its preventative powers on our national breast cancer centre’s website.