Deaths From Rare Cancer Linked to Breast Implants

CNN reports that nine deaths have been attributed to breast implants. In each case, a rare form of breast cancer, anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) was responsible. The FDA responded that this cluster was no cause for alarm as breast implants are linked to only a slightly increased risk of cancer.

Breast cancer is one of the most feared diagnoses a woman can receive. One in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Genetics play a role in breast cancer but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.

In the largest review of research into lifestyle and breast cancer, the American Institute of Cancer Research estimated that about 40 percent of U.S. breast cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle choices. I believe this number understates the positive impact of lifestyle modifications.

One of the easiest to implement changes is to improve your diet. Refrain from consuming sugar, especially fructose, and consume only nourishing and whole foods. Processed foods are to be avoided and I recommend limiting protein intake and increasing healthy fat consumption. Obviously, you will want to optimize your gut flora and make sure GMO foods don’t sneak their way onto your menu.

Iodine may also be a crucial player in cancer prevention. Iodine is an essential trace element required for the synthesis of hormones, and the lack of it can also cause or contribute to the development of a number of health problems, including breast cancer. There is evidence that mega doses of iodine are counterproductive.

No matter what health challenges you face, I always recommend optimizing your vitamin D levels. There are hundreds of studies showing the importance of vitamin D. According to Carole Baggerly, founder of GrassrootsHealth, as much as 90 percent of ordinary breast cancer may in fact be related to vitamin D deficiency.

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