Thursday, January 22, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness

October may be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but breast cancer is with us twelve months of the year, so we should keep ourselves informed about the latest breast cancer research and nutritional information, if we are ever going to find a cure for this horrible disease.

Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

In 2004 (the most recent year numbers are available),

* 186,772 women and 1,815 men were diagnosed with breast cancer*†
* 40,954 women and 362 men died from breast cancer*†

†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 2004 Incidence and Mortality. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2007.

*Note: Incidence counts cover approximately 98% of the U.S. population and death counts cover 100% of the U.S. population. Use caution in comparing incidence and death counts.

Scientists Show How Cruciferous Veggies Stop Breast Cancer
by Lynn Shapiro, Writer

While it has been known for some time that eating cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, can help prevent breast cancer, the mechanism by which the active substances in these vegetables inhibit cell proliferation was unknown -- until now.

Scientists in the UC Santa Barbara laboratories of Leslie Wilson, professor of biochemistry and pharmacology, and Mary Ann Jordan, adjunct professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, have shown how the healing power of these vegetables works at the cellular level. Their research is published in this month's issue of the journal Carcinogenesis.

"Breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in women, can be protected against by eating cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and near relatives of cabbage such as broccoli and cauliflower," said first author Olga Azarenko, who is a graduate student at UCSB. "These vegetables contain compounds called isothiocyanates which we believe to be responsible for the cancer-preventive and anti-carcinogenic activities in these vegetables. Broccoli and broccoli sprouts have the highest amount of the isothiocyanates.

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A great way to show your support for breast cancer is by wearing a breast cancer t-shirt. The three breast cancer t-shirts below will remind everyone that breast cancer needs to be addressed, not just during October, but also during the rest of the year.

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