- Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 02:11
- Written by Jackie Jones, BlackAmericaWeb.com
Got questions for the doctor about annual cancer screenings? Text them to "646464" (OHOHOH).
A change in health practices and diet, especially avoiding over-processed foods, may play a major role in preventing certain kinds of cancer and many screening tests may cause more harm than good, a surgeon and author contends.
“What’s interesting is that breast, prostate and colon tumors are very similar and are affected positively or negatively by the same actions,” Dr. Christine Horner writes in “Waking The Warrior Goddess: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against and Fight Breast Cancer.”
Horner’s advice is pretty much the same advice most medical professionals urge: eat healthy, organic food, get proper rest, exercise, take supplements and avoid what is bad for you.
Horner, who lost her mother to cancer, pushed through federal and state legislation ensuring that breast reconstruction after a mastectomy would be paid for by insurance companies and is a former Kentucky state spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society.
Her emphasis, though, is on preventing cancer and avoiding what she calls "unnecessary screenings."
While the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends that women 50 and older have mammograms every other year and the American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms after age 40, Horner has said the radiation mammogram screening emits makes it counterproductive to preventing breast cancer.
In April, a study in Norway estimated that 15 to 25 percent of breast cancers found by mammograms wouldn't have caused any problems during a woman's lifetime, but were being treated anyway. Early tumors, once detected, usually are removed and the patient is treated with chemotherapy or radiation because there's no way to be certain whether the tumors are dangerous or benign.
“None of these screenings are perfect” Horner has said. “There’s a real problem with over diagnosis, especially in the United States, and in many cases too many people are being put under the knife for no reason.”
The question, however, is whether the outcomes are different for black women who are less likely than white women to get breast cancer, but when they do, they are more likely to die.
According to a study at the University of North Carolina schools of Public Health and Medicine and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, black women under the age of 50 have a 77 percent higher mortality rate from breast cancer than other women of the same age. Further, younger, pre-menopausal black women are more prone to an especially aggressive type of cancer.
Many black medical experts take exception to the suggestion that black women would benefit from fewer mammograms and many African-American health care professionals continue to recommend that black women above age 40 have annual checkups, including mammograms.
“The biggest drawback of screenings,” Horner has said, “is that they are used to find problems, not prevent problems.
“Breast, prostate and colon cancer all have one thing in common: the cancer tumors are similar, which means that the same actions fuel them and the same lifestyle changes prevent them.”
My mammogram a few weeks ago showed calcifications. My previous mammogram in 2OO8 did not show calcifications. Is a biopsy necessary? I'm scheduled for a next biopsy next week.
If the radiologist believes that the type of calcifications are "suspicious" then they recommend biopsies to find out. Remember the 80% of what they think is suspicious turns out to be benign or normal. In other words, your chances of being OK are much better than having a problem.
Is eating microwave food causing some cancer?
Microwaves destroy the structure of water in foods. We are not sure if they contribute to cancer. They do produce electromagnetic energy if you stand too close to it while it is operating. EMFs are known to contribute to cancer.
Is it true that wetness should not sit under the breast in under wire bras?
There is controversy about underw ire bras. Studies do not show an association with wearing bras and breast cancer. Larger bra sizes due to more breast tissue can increase the risk.
How can we prevent breast cancer?
Exercise, eating lots of fresh organic plants, vegetables, fruits, whole grains. Taking certain supplements such as green tea, turmeric and a mushroom formula called AHCC. Check out more on my web site, www.drchristinehorner.com to learn more or order my book.
The doctor said to eliminate red meat and sugar from the diet. Are there any other preventative measures?
Exercise, eating lots of fresh organic plants, vegetables, fruits, whole grains. Taking certain supplements such as green tea, turmeric and a mushroom formula called AHCC--check out more web site www.drchristinehorner.com to learn more or order my book.
If sugar is bad then what's the good? Like for baking?
It is best to avoid it. There are many sugar substitutes such as "stevia."
What's wrong if after you urinate and you wipe yourself and it burns, not while you urinate, but after?
It is probably an infection. See your doctor.
What foods should a heart patient with diabetes eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
All the roads to health and disease prevention are the same. Check out more on my web site www.drchristinehorner.com.
What is the alternative test to a mammogram?
Preventative measures are the best. Other tests include thermography, ultrsounds and MRI.
Does using agave nectar instead of sugar make a difference?
There is some controversy about agave. I recommend stevia.
How do you avoid sugar in your diet? It is in everything.
Eating lots of fresh organic plants, vegetables, fruits, whole grains. Use a natural sugar substitute like stevia.
If we must eat red meat, how should we cook/prepare it?
Avoiding red meat and instead eating wild caught salmon, or organically-raised lean meat animals is best. Well done or cooking at high temperatures such as grilling creates carcinogens so slow cooking is best.
What causes calcium deposits in the breasts? I just had a biopsy.
Why the body produces benign calcifications is not known. Doing everything to help prevent breast cancer is the best approach. Visit my web site, www.drchristinehorner.com, and my book "Waking the Warrior Goddess" outlines everything to do and what to avoid.
What would you recommend for early detection? I've been getting mammograms every six months due to calcifications.
Thermography is a much better choice. Getting mammograms every six months is too much radiation.
I use Splenda. Is this cancer causing?
It's not the best choice. Use stevia instead.
I am a 46 years old and for the last two years, I've noticed that my left breast was getting bigger than my right breast. I had a mammogram in 2009 and 2011 and both were fine. My left breast was still feeling a lot heavier than the right so recently I had another one and got a recall which found two small cysts on the posterior of the breast and was told to follow-up in six months. My father's sister had breast cancer. How concerned should I be? Sometimes it does feel a little uncomfortable? What should I do next?
Having one breast larger than the other does not increase your cancer risk. Thermography is an excellent test that does not use radiation and can be used to monitor your breasts. In addition, take preventative measures. Exercise regularly eat
lots of fresh organic plants, vegetables, fruits, whole grains. Taking certain supplements such as green tea, turmeric and a mushroom formula called AHCC. Check out more on my web site www.drchristinehorner.com to learn more or order my book.
I had breast cancer in 2004 and had a lump removed with radiation treatment. I refused chemotherapy so since then I get yearly mammograms but I am worried. Are they safe? That mammogram caught the cancer originally.
Mammograms do save lives but aren't all that safe either. Thermography is an excellent test that does not use radiation and can be used to monitor your breasts. In addition, take preventative measures. Check out more on my web site www.drchristinehorner.com to learn more.