Can “the Pill” give you Cancer?

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The Birth Control Pill and Breast Cancer Risk

Since the early 1960s, birth control pills have become the most popular and one of the most effective forms of birth control used in the U.S. But an association between estrogen and an increased risk of breast cancer has led to a continuing debate about the role birth control pills may play in developing breast cancer.

For most women, especially young women, experts say the benefits of birth control pills far outweigh the risk. But here are some frequently asked questions and answers about the controversy.

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Does Taking Birth Control Pills Increase My Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?
Maybe. Studies that have examined the use of oral contraceptives as a risk factor for breast cancer have produced conflicting results. Some researchers think this might be due to the fact that the level of hormones in birth control pills has changed since they were first studied. Early birth control pills contained much higher levels of hormones than today’s low-dose pills.

Scandinavian researchers have noted an increase in breast cancer in a group of women that were currently taking or had recently taken birth control pills. Longer use of the pill seemed to increase the risk. Similar research found that 10 years or more after women stopped using birth control pills, their breast cancer risk returned to the same level as if they had never used birth control pills.

However, another reputable study by Women’s Contraceptive and Reproductive Experience (Women’s CARE) done between 1994 and 1998 showed there was no increased risk of breast cancer in current or former users of birth control pills.

In general, most studies have not found an overall increased risk of breast cancer due to the use of oral contraceptives.

My Family Has a History of Breast Cancer. Should I Take Birth Control Pills?
Maybe. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women with a strong family history of breast cancer may have up to an 11 times higher risk of breast cancer if they have ever taken the pill. But experts caution that the study involved mainly women who took birth control pills prior to 1975, when it contained much higher levels of the hormones estrogen and progestin than today’s lower-dose pill.

Those with a family history of breast cancer related to mutations in the BRCA genes should use caution before taking birth control pills. Families at increased risk of breast cancer who are carriers of alterations in these genes may further increase their risk of breast cancer by taking birth control pills. Recent studies show taking birth control pills did not increase the risk in women who are carriers of the abnormal form of the BRCA2 gene, but did in those with the altered BRCA1 gene.

Women should discuss their family history of cancer with their doctor when evaluating the risks and benefits of using birth control pills.

Courtesy of www.webmd.com



New Dietary Guidelines On Cancer Prevention!

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Reading about the latest cancer – fighting nutrition guidelines and tips can feel like a daunting task at times considering the vast amount of information that is easily available at the click of a button in the virtual age that we live in now. There’s irony to be found here in the fact that as soon as we put down the article that we’re reading about how terrible butter is for us, there’s a new published study claiming that there’s heart-healthy benefits to consuming butter.

We live in a world that offers answers at the click of a button, but maneuvering these murky waters is the difficult part. Recently a new article was published in the Houston Chronicle about “cancer – busting, dietary guidelines are more stringent.” This article presents a new paper by Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, advocating for minimal alcohol, and red-meat consumption, as well as other limiting dietary factors.

Dr. Barnard is quick to acknowledge that there are few absolutes in the field of nutrition, however his new findings come at a time that Americans are recovering from their “holiday binges,” post – 4th of July. Dr. Barnard’s new dietary guidelines on cancer prevention are interesting and worthwhile considering, since the information presented may come as previously known knowledge by others.

Dr. Barnard’s finding and the article itself are well written and provide a 2-sided argument to these new dietary guidelines. If you’d like to read the full article, we think you’ll gain a thing or two from it, so check it out!

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Founder of Cancer Recovery Foundation Responds to World Cancer Report 2014

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Greg Anderson, Founder & CEO of Cancer Recovery Foundation International, Responds to World Cancer Report 2014

The new World Cancer Report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), recently predicted worldwide cancer rates to rise by 57 percent in the next two decades.  The report used its strongest language ever to highlight the problem including the dire prediction of “an imminent human disaster” if we do not act.WorldCancerReport

The report issued a sobering warning:  “We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem. More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally.”

The global burden of cancer is the single most important reason why the Cancer Recovery Foundation Group of charities, including Breast Cancer Charities of America and Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation maintain a major commitment to medical missions through their International Aid programs.

The organizations’ medical missions program distributes cancer treatment medicines, cancer diagnostic and treatment equipment as well as ancillary medical supplies to mission hospitals globally.  Recent recipients include cancer treatment centers in Guatemala, Honduras, Grenada, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, DR Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, The Philippines and Viet Nam.

“We believe we are our brothers (and sisters) keepers,” said Greg Anderson.  “When we began our work, we clearly stated our mission was to help ALL people prevent and survive cancer.  Our International Aid program fulfills that mission mandate.”

The World Cancer Report said the growing cancer burden disproportionately impacts developing nations—the very countries that have the least resources to respond to the problem.  Approximately 60 percent of the world’s cancer cases and approximately 70 percent of the world’s cancer death occur in Africa, Asia, Central and South America.

“This is exactly why we are committed to helping in this way,” said Anderson.  More information on how The Breast Cancer Charities of America helps, visit their website.