Mammogram Controversy: Making Tough Decisions

December 11, 2009

As the U.S. health care debate rages on, mammograms have entered the fray, making headlines across the country. On November 16th the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, taking into account studies regarding the effectiveness of a yearly screening against the possible harm to women who get false positives, and an increased exposure to radiation, advised that women delay getting their yearly mammogram screening until their fifties, ten years later than the previous recommendation.
Wherever you stand on the regulation of health care, the headlines can be scary. Having women begin their screening in their forties is said to have dropped breast cancer deaths by about 15%, so what happens to that 15% if we stop screening early?
Research concerning the risks and benefits of mammograms is not new. A 2005 study showed that mammograms may miss 1 in 6 tumors while providing 1 in 10 false positives. Further, three-quarters of biopsies turn out to be benign, leaving many women subject to unnecessary fear, discomfort, and surgical procedures that may lead to scarring and further pain.
So what are we to do? First, evaluate your own risks, some of which are related to your lifestyle. Then consider what you might do to lower that risk, including supplementing your lifestyle with one or more Welltrients products.
  • Do you have a family history of breast cancer, and if so, did it occur before or after menopause?
  • If you’re lucky enough to still have them in your life, and they are okay to talk about it, find out if it was benign or malignant.
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you exercise?
  • Do you limit yourself to one drink per day?
Increased exposure to estrogen has been linked to an increased risk for breast cancer, so consider your own lifetime exposure.
  • How old were you when you got your first period?
  • Have you had kids? (reduced exposure if you have)
  • Did you take hormones during menopause?
Check what sort of environmental toxins you’re exposed to. Here are some generally notorious ones to look for. If you’re using any of these, consider switching to a brand that denotes, or better yet, is independently certified as being free of these specific toxins, or as toxin free. Remember, a denotation of “organic” or “natural” does not mean that a product is toxin free. Check the ingredients label.
  • Phthalates (commonly found in personal care products)
  • Bisphenol-A (found in plastics, although some cities have banned it, and many companies have chosen to remove it from their products after recent backlash
  • PVC (which contains cadmium, lead, and phthalates
  • Parabens (also estrogen like )
Also consider how much soy you consume, as it contains estrogen like isoflavones.
Further, evaluate how much radiation you’ve been exposed to, but don’t let it scare you into never getting, say, your yearly dental x-ray again. Remember, there are anomalies like the city of Denver, which has higher radiation levels than average but lower cancer rates. It’s not any one factor that causes you to have breast cancer, but your overall lifestyle, family history, and a dose of luck.
After you’ve considered your risks talk them over with your doctor to decide the right time for you to begin your mammogram screenings, and how often you’ll need them. In the meantime there are things you can do to decrease your odds of developing breast cancer.
If you are effected by any or all of the factors listed above, consider lifestyle changes. Exercise more, and keep your weight in a healthy range. Welltrients Super Slim NRG can help you lose weight by supporting your metabolism.
Eat a healthy diet full of antioxidants, and supplement that diet with a multivitamin. Welltrients offers a Triple Strength Antioxidant pill that carries many of the most recommended antioxidant sources, including turmeric and green tea extract.
Take a daily dosage of Cardio CVS to make sure you get enough of Coenzyme Q10, which limits tumor growth, and take a multi-vitamin; Welltrient One is a good choice.
Consider non-hormone alternatives to help you get through menopause, such as Welltrients for Women. Limit your alcohol consumption. Make sure you get enough sleep, keeping healthy
melatonin levels.
Consider changing your personal care products, and supplement that change by flushing your body of toxins using Welltrients Detoxification Aids.

by Emma Spera

Our Welltrients and Colloids products offer health conscious consumers the option of a single convenient powerful formula of nutrients, combined in the proper dosages, to address specific health concerns. Now we can replace an entire supplement regimen with one cost-effective nutraceutical approach. Formulations are available to address obesity, vision, emotional health, brain function, joint health, and more. See all our Natural Supplements and Colloids for Life products by clicking here

{ 2 trackbacks }

What’s The Best Prevention Of Disease? — Colloids For Life Blog
November 8, 2011 at 6:05 am
Do All Baby Boomers Need Hep C Screening? — Colloids For Life Blog
January 20, 2015 at 6:07 am

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: