SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

February 28, 2013

More breast cancer in young women

Latest study

Severe breast cancer hits more young women

By Genevra Pittman REUTERS

More young women are being diagnosed with advanced metastatic breast cancer than were three decades ago, a new study said, but the overall rate of cancer in that group is still small.   One in 173 women will develop breast cancer before turning 40, researchers said, and the prognosis tends to be worse for younger patients.

In the new study, a team led by Dr. Rebecca Johnson at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington found that the rate of metastatic breast cancer rose about 2 percent each year between 1976 and 2009 among younger women.    Researchers think the change over just a few decades is likely linked to something external, Johnson said — “a modifiable lifestyle-related risk factor or perhaps an environmental toxic exposure, but we don’t know what.”

  • One possibility is that overeating and lack of exercise are driving up early-life metastatic breast-cancer rates, Johnson said. The use of hormonal birth control could play a role, she said.

Johnson and her colleagues analyzed data from cancer registries run by the National Cancer Institute. They found that the number of early breast-cancer diagnoses increased among middle-aged and older women during the study period, likely because of widespread screening.

The only other change in cancer incidence was among the youngest women, between ages 25 and 39. In that group, the number of women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer — which has spread to the bones, brain or lungs — rose from 1 in 65,000 in 1976 to 1 in 34,000 in 2009.

  • More of the increase appeared to be in cancers that are sensitive to estrogen, which is “comparatively fortunate,” the authors note, because those cancers are somewhat more responsive to treatment and have longer average survival rates.

Still, metastatic cancer is the most dangerous kind, with less than one-third of women surviving at least five years after diagnosis, Johnson’s team wrote yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Because the overall rate of cancer in young women still is low, Johnson said the findings shouldn’t cause alarm but should prompt further research.

(My Comment: 

I agree with the last line of this article;  it shouldn’t cause alarm, but should in my opinion be at least a good, clear signal that something has indeed gone wrong.   

It is true that the word has gotten around about our living in a toxic world – – it is more of a miracle that we are surviving at all rather than we are being plagued with more and more sickness.  Even so,  with all the other problems facing earth inhabitants it is understandable that we often don’t worry that How we live,  What we do everyday and What we are eating could have anything to do with our well-being.  Not too much real, honest factual information and training is being disseminated to our graduating students as they move into adult life. But it is all relevant.   

So many young women wish to choose when and if they are going to have a child, therefore, birth control enters in. It is known that this messes around with the hormonal system and of course, it has much to do with altering the rhythm and flow of the hormonal balance.   Girls with or without parental blessing often go onto birth control pills at rather young ages.  It’s  distressing – – but we don’t all choose to be celibate.   Furthermore,  dietary influences must become far more important to people.  Enough so that they take the time to learn a few things which aren’t coming from the food producers.   

Forget about the word “NATURAL”  it is being over-used to sucker you in.  Soy is touted as a be-all – – it isn’t!  Soy is one of the worst things people can ingest because it seriously messes up our hormonal system – – male and female.  But we gals pay a bigger price, the men just grow boobs mostly.  Soy strongly messes with our estrogen balance, and of course, the soy we produce is almost 95%  “Genetically Modified” which is the worst part of it.  I wouldn’t touch it. And yet I do use “nattokinase” in preference to BIG PhRMA’s blood thinners which makes me seem hypocritical.  Have worried about that and have been assured that because the soy used for nattokinase is fermented, it is safe.  I really don’t know.  At least I’m not taking rat poison anymore.   This blog is running over at the brim with things to do and not to do, so I’m not going to cover the same ground repeatedly (well – not deliberately).  Unless one is willing to put the time in to bone up on this stuff. . . .  .  guess you’ll just have to do the time, your own way.  It’s your body, please check stuff out.  Google is a great tool to help in those decisions – do it.   .   Jan)

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