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) - Every year, 1.3 million women across the globe are diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer awareness is high, but the primary focus of research is on early detection and treatment rather than prevention. Detection and treatment are undeniably important, but many feel prevention deserves more than the 2 percent of funding it currently receives, especially given the promising preventative strategies already out there.
One of these strategies could make preventing breast cancer as easy as warding off the flu. While the causes of breast cancer are diverse, nearly 40 percent of women with breast cancer test positive for a virus called the Human Mammary Tumor Virus, which could be completely prevented if there was a vaccine. In fact, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have developed a breast cancer vaccine that targets a protein found in most breast cancers, and they announced a month ago that they are planning to begin clinical trials in two years.
Luckily, you don't have to wait until the breast cancer vaccine is available to protect yourself. Here are three research-proven natural approaches to help you prevent this all-too-common disease.
1. Get the Toxins Out with Panchakarma: Environmental toxins collect in the fatty tissue of the breasts, where they may contribute to the development of breast cancer. Panchakarma is a detoxification treatment that can effectively eliminate these toxins from the body. Consisting of saturating the body with oils, pulse diagnosis, massage, heat treatments and internal cleansing, it is performed in a spa-like setting with medical personnel.
2. Take Medicinal Mushrooms: Japanese medicinal mushrooms have extraordinary immune system-supporting and cancer-fighting properties. The most effective way to consume them is in concentrated supplement form. One highly researched mushroom supplement
is AHCC, a fermented extract of medicinal mushroom mycelia (roots). AHCC is widely used in clinics throughout Asia to bolster the immune system, reduce risks of infections and provide complementary support for the treatment of cancer, Hepatitis C, liver disease and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
Observational human studies have suggested AHCC can improve outcomes and quality of life in breast cancer patients. In one study, 33 percent of breast cancer patients taking AHCC experienced remission.
3. Allow Love In: Studies show that women who develop breast cancer give more love than they receive. By surrounding yourself with nurturing relationships, you can reverse this unhealthy imbalance.
Dr. Horner is a nationally recognized surgeon and one of the country's leading experts on breast cancer prevention. She ran a successful campaign to pass laws requiring insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Dr. Horner's book "Waking the Warrior Goddess: Dr. Christine Horner's Program to Protect and Fight Breast Cancer" has just been published in its third edition.