Breast cancer cases double, more treatments available

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. staff writer

According to a new report, there has been a massive increase in new cases of breast cancer in Australia over the past 20 years. A recent similar report from the UK found that breast cancer was on the rise there as well.

The report is by the Australian Institute of Health And Welfare and it shows that the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year has risen astronomically with numbers more than doubling in the past two decades.

breast healthSpokespersons for various breast-cancer organizations say that advances in early detection and more treatment options means that women are surviving the disease.

The rise in the incidence of breast cancer can be attributed to a number of factors that include women choosing to have children later in life, women choosing to have fewer children, women breast-feeding for a shorter period of time and women not breast-feeding at all, according to a spokesperson for the National Breast Cancer Center.

In a recent Planet Chiropractic article by Dr. Darrel Crain, some evidence linked to the rise in breast cancer included exposure to radiation and toxic chemicals, pesticides, household cleaning products, personal care products, and some pharmaceuticals. Other known risk factors include the use of oral contraceptives, more than four years of hormone replacement therapy, secondhand cigarette smoke, chlorinated chemicals, bovine growth hormone (rBGH) found in milk, and alcohol consumption.

Here are some links to related articles on the topic of breast cancer, breast feeding, and breast health…

Breast Cancer Prevention vs. War
(Breast cancer tops the list of cancer deaths among women in this country, annually claiming the lives of more than 40,000 women. The incidence of cancer overall has climbed to such epidemic proportions during recent decades that a man living in the United States now has a fifty-fifty chance he will have cancer during his lifetime. For a woman, the chance is 1 in 3.)

Breast-Feeding & Good Health
(According to a recent Yale University study, breast-feeding a child for one year can reduce a mother’s risk of developing breast cancer by about 50 percent compared with women who never breast feed.)

Breasts – Educated and Innate
(Mammograms are a huge business, aggressively marketed; they are emotionally linked to everything female. This past Mother’s Day, I received many offers to send my loved ones a mammogram in lieu of flowers. Mammograms are also a huge controversy, and more and more the press is reporting on this and new companies are sprouting up created off their limitations.) @ 2:43 pm | Article ID: 1160959429