In 2009, an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women, as well as an estimated 62,280 additional cases of in situ breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news of this dire statistic is that an estimated 75% of hormonal cancers are affected by environmental factors.
This is pertinent information today, because this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (or as Dr. Northrup refers to October, “Breast Health Month”). I wrote a blog in June regarding the power of vegetables in modulating gene expression to decrease the risk of breast cancer. Specifically, a component in dark leafy greens vegetables, such as broccoli and kale (sulforphane (SFN)), can block the spread of breast cancer in a number of different ways. The mechanisms include decreasing cell division via cellular signaling pathways and targeting immune pathways, known as cytokines.
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