In the back of every woman’s mind is the fear of getting breast cancer. This disease will affect 1 in 8 women in their lifetime. The biggest risk factor apart from being a woman is advancing age. Only 5-10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary. Whatever a woman can do to reduce breast cancer risk is vitally important. There is no guarantee a woman can keep herself breast cancer free but research suggests that with lifestyle changes, up to 50% of cancers can...Read More
The A, B, Cs…and Double D’s of Breast Health
At the turn of the century, 1 in 90 women had breast cancer. Today it’s 1 in 8. Despite advances in research and treatment, breast cancer continues to take a significant toll on women in our country. Many risk factors for breast cancer can’t be changed: family history, the age at which you get your first period, and the age at which you go through menopause.Read More
Breast cancer results from uncontrolled growth of breast cells. About 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Only 20% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of breast cancer and known gene mutations (such as BRCA1 and BRCA2) account for only 5 to 10% of cases. This means that most breast cancer occurs in women without a family history. Women living in the US have a 10-fold greater risk of dying from...Read More
Do You Have Estrogen Excess?
If you answered “yes” you’re not alone. Over 50% of women 35 years and older, have some level of hormonal imbalance often caused by excess estrogen. Estrogen overload is behind many common health conditions that women experience. Unfortunately, many women often end up treating the symptoms without addressing the root cause. I spoke at length about this very topic with Sherry Torkos, pharmacist and author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, who offered some valuable insights on role of hormones and in particular, estrogen.Read More