BCCA leads the quest to provide research funding into non-traditional cancer prevention and treatment options. We place a specific emphasis on understanding the link between diet, nutrition, exercise and breast cancer. Research to demonstrate required changes in the American diet ranks as our top priority.
The effects of wise nutritional choices for preventing chronic and terminal diseases have been the focus of many recent studies. The most promising research on less-toxic and minimally-invasive, more natural breast cancer prevention is centered on the nutrient vitamin D.
Excellent science shows that vitamin D hinders inappropriate cell division and metastasis, decreases blood vessel formation around tumors, and regulates proteins that influence tumor growth. It also enhances the immune system’s ability to fight cancer as well as promotes the abilities of chemotherapeutic medicines.
Vitamin D has been linked to a 77-percent lower risk of some cancers, including breast cancer. The research shows vitamin D to be an effective cancer preventative and the scientific evidence is growing:
- Women who are vitamin D deficient have a 222% increased risk for developing breast cancer.
- Ecologic studies have shown an inverse correlation between breast cancer mortality and vitamin D levels.
In short, we are a nation and a world that is deficient in vitamin D. Over 900 scientific studies link vitamin D deficiency with breast cancer. But the medical community has been reluctant, slow to respond. Now that message must be shared with all women in the quest to end breast cancer.
Proton Therapy is a relatively newer form of cancer treatment. It has shown remarkable promise and advantages over conventional therapy in the treatment of breast cancer.
Proton radiation therapy is non-invasive treatment that offers a low-risk option for early breast cancer patients. It has less impact on the healthy tissue near the tumor site that is being treated with the proton therapy. This is because the proton goes directly in to the tumor with pinpoint precision and stays within the tumor. This is unlike traditional therapies that have an exit point. Compared to traditional radiation, proton therapy does not leave any burn marks and does not cause any cosmetic or tissue damage.