What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Breast Cancer : How Hormone Balance Can Help Save Your Life
reast cancer incidence has risen by 60 percent in the last fifty years. Conventional treatment protocols are simply not working-and they may even be harmful. In this book Dr. John Lee, an internationally renowned expert in natural hormones, teams up with breast cancer researcher Dr. David Zava to present a revolutionary hormone balance program to reduce your risk of breast cancer and help eliminate a recurrence if you already have the disease. Learn about:
- Conventional HRT and ERT-how synthetic hormones may trigger cancer
- The current breast cancer drugs that may hurt as much as they help-and why doctors use them anyway
- Risk factors for breast cancer-including the long-term dangers of birth control pills
- The unsettling truth about mammograms and radiation therapy
- The remarkably protective benefits of natural hormones
- The potential dangers in our homes, our water, and food.
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Grand Central Publishing
March 01, 2005
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Excerpt from What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Breast Cancer by Virginia Hopkins
THE HISTORY AND POLITICS OF THE BREAST CANCER INDUSTRY
Why We Can't Seem to Prevent or Cure Breast Cancer
Why is modern medicine going nowhere in its attempts to treat breast cancer? Our research has found that the answer to this question lies primarily with the politics of medicine, the cancer industry, and the industries that create the pollutants that contribute to breast cancer. We believe that the only way to truly prevent and treat breast cancer is to go outside the current way of doing things in medicine and stop the wholesale pollution of our planet with petrochemicals, but the forces that would keep things the same are very powerful and entrenched. That's why, just as they did with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), women need to educate themselves about pollutants, about breast cancer, and about alternative treatments. They need to rebel against ineffective and harmful treatments, and do what they can to teach their doctors.
Over the past few decades, conventional medicine has done very little to make any meaningful difference in what will happen to you if you get breast cancer, and virtually nothing it has done has reduced the incidence of the disease. The harsh reality is, if you get breast cancer, you'll get more treatment than you did 50 years ago, you and your insurance company will spend a lot more money, and if it's fatal you may gain a few more months of life (usually of very poor quality), but statistics clearly tell us that conventional medicines for treating breast cancer such as tamoxifen, radiation, and chemotherapy just aren't working in the long run. The way breast cancer is currently treated is a way of doing something in the face of not knowing what else to do. If you have an invasive or nonlocal breast cancer, your chances of dying from it are still about one in three, the same as they have been for decades.
The incidence of breast cancer (how many women are getting it) is steadily rising, and the numbers are appalling: According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer incidence rates have increased by more than 40 percent from 1973 to 1998. In the year 2000 approximately 182,800 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Since 1950 breast cancer incidence has risen by 60 percent. Some will argue that this is due to better and earlier detection. But even for women over 80 years of age, where this early detection issue is doubtful, the incidence of breast cancer has risen the past 30 years from 1 in 30 women to 1 in 8 women. The American Cancer Society estimated that in the year 2000, 552,200 people in the United States would die of cancer, and 40,800, or just over 7 percent, of those would be women dying of breast cancer. This means that about 15 percent of women who die of cancer are dying of breast cancer. These are the annual statistics for the United States, but it's even more sobering to realize that worldwide about 1,670,000 women have breast cancer.
The mortality (death rate) from breast cancer is also staggering. If you combine mortality rates from the United States and Canada (which have the highest rates of breast cancer in the world), in North America a woman dies of breast cancer every twelve minutes.
Do Radiation, Tamoxifen, Mammograms, and Chemotherapy Help or Hurt?
How can we be so bold as to state that conventional medical treatments for breast cancer aren't working? It's very well documented. It seems as if every time we open a medical journal lately, there's an article showing that conventional breast cancer treatments are ineffective, harmful, or both. Just in the past few years, major studies published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals meeting all the conventional medical criteria for so-called evidence-based medicine have shown that:
- Mammograms don't really save lives (G. Sjonell, et al., Lakartidningen 96 (1999): 904-913.
- Radiation doesn't really save lives (Lancet, 22 May 2000).
- Tamoxifen doesn't really save lives (Mitchell, et al., Journal of the National Cancer Institute, November 1999).
- Chemotherapy doesn't save lives (which isn't news; we've known this for a long time).
So what's left for the conventional medical doctor to treat breast cancer patients with? Nothing but the same surgical removal of the cancer that they were doing 50 years ago. More American physicians need to face the hard, cold facts that current therapies just aren't working and open their eyes to alternatives for prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Let's take a broad look at the current treatments.