Environment, Chemicals, & Breast Cancer

Mercury and other heavy metals have been implicated in a broad range of health concerns and diseases, such as breast cancer.  Chelating Physicians, such as Dr. Sica, who are experienced in the testing and treatment of heavy metals with chelation therapy can assess your health risk from such toxic overload, using specialized testing such as provided by Doctors Data Laboratory: http://www.doctorsdata.com/tests_assessments_info.asp#Toxic%20&%20Essential%20Elements

If toxic levels are found, an appropriate form of chelation therapy can be prescribed to remove the metals and reduce your risk. Integrative, environmental and naturopathic physicians like Dr. Robban Sica, are also experienced in detoxification techniques for other chemical exposures.

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Article: The Environment, Chemicals and Breast Cancer
A groundbreaking research study, coordinated by the non-profit Silent Spring Institute and recently published by the American Cancer Society found that synthetic chemicals are playing a large role in the skyrocketing incidence of breast cancer throughout the world.

Researchers from the Silent Spring Institute, Harvard, USC, and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute compiled and analyzed a mounting body of evidence that’s gotten little attention from policymakers. They named 216 chemicals that induce breast tumors in animals; the average person has high exposures to 97 of them.
The preliminary breakdown of the products are:
* 73 have been present in consumer products (shampoo, cosmetics, bedding) and are contaminants in fast foods
* 35 are air pollutants, such as vehicle exhaust
* 29 are produced in the U.S. in large amounts, exceeding 1 million pounds per year
* 25 have been associated with occupational exposures affecting more than 5,000 women a year

Researchers believe these substances, many of which “mimic” naturally occurring hormones (estrogens) are to blame for the increasing prevalence of human breast cancer.
Further proof exists that the environment plays a large role breast cancer risk. Breast cancer in adopted children parallels the risk of the family they grew up in, not that of their biological family, data originating from meticulously kept medical records throughout Scandinavian countries.

COMMENTS: The break down of tissues and DNA by chemicals takes years. That is why finding a breast lump is not a five-alarm fire: that mass has been growing for six to seven years before it was identified on a mammogram. The three important –and simple–things a woman can do to lower risk of breast cancer are exercise, keep well hydrated, and avoid unnecessary chemicals.

• Exercise: decreases estrogen load and reduces chemical-accumulating fat
• Water: keeps lymphatics open and allows the body to eliminate chemicals more easily
• Avoid chemicals: women are famous for slathering on gels, creams and lotions. Anything that is applied topically goes directly into your body. If you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin.

Keeping healthy requires a little more work, but it doesn’t have to be hard.


[1] Environmental Factors in Breast Cancer” Cancer. Volume 109, Issue S12, Pages 2667-2711.

Published Online:14 May 2007
[1] SILENT SPRING INSTITUTE is a non-profit scientific research organization dedicated to identifying the links between the environment and women’s health, especially breast cancer.

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