Monday, November 29, 2010

To Mammogram or not to Mammogram

We get a lot of questions about this so here is an attempt to clarify some things. The recent task force recommendation AGAINST mammography screening in women 40 - 50 year old women is stirring up a lot of confusion.

What the panel actually said is that it does not make FINANCIAL sense to screen these women. The numbers they issued are as follows. Of the 250,000+ women in this age group who are screened every year. 80,000 of those women are called back for further screening and or biopsy. Of those 80,000 only 1,200 will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Those are the numbers, here come the emotions....

Getting a call back for a mammogram is scary, really scary. Getting a biopsy is horrible. There is no way around it, either lying face down totally uncomfortable while a core needle biopsy or the small needle and then the surgical biopsy. I would not wish either of these things on my worst enemy. 80,000 women have to walk thru this. That is nearly one third of the women who get mammograms!!

On the other hand, i know sooo many women between 40 and 50 who found their cancer thru a mammogram. What do we say to these women?!?

I think the choice is personal, intensely personal. If you know these numbers, make your choice and trust your self. No one can tell you what to do. Most of the arguments we hear are so based in fear that they do not even make sense. Some story of someone who did or did not get help from a mammogram is not what you should base your decision on.

More to follow....

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Study shows promise against Breast Cancer

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Indiana University Study Shows Blend of 6 Mushrooms Fight Breast Cancer

Researchers at Indiana University and Methodist Research Institute publish the dramatic effects of a unique medicinal mushroom formula against breast cancer

Santa Rosa, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2010) – Researchers at Indiana University and Methodist Research Institute studied an innovative medicinal mushroom formula against breast cancer. The impressive results are found in the December issue of the International Journal of Oncology. Lead investigator Dr. Daniel Sliva says, “The formula inhibits growth of highly metastatic human breast cancer cells, and suppresses metastatic potential of these cells.” The all-natural, doctor-designed formula is a blend of six potent varieties of medicinal mushrooms grown on immune enhancing and cancer fighting botanicals that work together to provide breast protection and immune support. Dr. Sliva adds, “These cultivation conditions help naturally increase the amount of biologically active components in these medicinal mushrooms.”

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women and may lead to more than 38,000 deaths this year in the U.S. Despite significant advances in breast cancer treatment, available treatments for advanced stage breast cancer offer little hope. However, as the study shows, this potent mushroom formula can be beneficial in the fight against highly invasive breast cancer. Medicinal mushrooms have been extensively researched for their anti-tumor and immune-modulating effects, and are essential for the maintenance of overall vitality and cellular health. “This unique mixture of ingredients produced positive and promising results,” says Isaac Eliaz, M.D., whom the study authors acknowledge for his development of the formula. Dr. Eliaz explains, “These compounds support breast health through cellular protection, and vital immune enhancement.”

Cancer metastasis is a complex process consisting of cell adhesion, cell migration, and cell invasion, and the inhibition of some of these events is crucial for the suppression of cancer metastasis. “Fortunately, the formula we studied inhibits all of these processes, without side effects, which are associated with cancer chemotherapy,” explains Dr. Sliva.

Source: International Journal of Oncology

Jiahua Jiang, Daniel Sliva, Novel Medicinal Mushroom Blend Suppresses Growth and Invasiveness of Human Breast Cancer Cells