Why many women with breast cancer may not need aggressive treatment

Every year, thousands of women receive invasive treatments for a so-called “breast cancer” that, in most cases, would be better off untreated.

This practice has led to an epidemic of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of “cancer.” And this overdiagnosis epidemic has created unnecessary costs, confusion, and worry. Not to mention very real, very negative side effects from unnecessary treatments.

One of the biggest culprits is something called ductal carcinoma in situ or DCIS. Basically, DCIS is defined as “abnormal” cells discovered by a mammogram within a woman’s breast ducts.

And as Dr. Marc Micozzi points on in his Authentic Anti-Cancer Protocol, the American Cancer Society reported that about 60,000 women were diagnosed with DCIS in 2015, accounting for almost 20 percent of all new breast “cancer” cases.

Dr. Micozzi warns that mainstream oncology calls DCIS the earliest sign of breast cancer, so it’s generally treated as a medical emergency. Typically, oncologists will order a lumpectomy within two weeks after diagnosis, followed by radiation.

And while they tell their patients that this approach saves thousands of lives, Dr. Micozzi counters that claim with the results of a recent study…

Researchers analyzed 108,000 cases of DCIS diagnosed from 1988 to 2011. They found that 20 years after a DCIS diagnosis, the average death rate from breast cancer was 3.3 percent.

Dr. Micozzi offers his perspective: “That’s similar to what the American Cancer Society cites as the risk of an average woman dying of breast cancer. In other words, you’re no more likely to die of breast cancer if you’re diagnosed with DCIS than someone without this diagnosis.

“And considering a five-year survival rate is the typical benchmark for success in treating cancer, DCIS hardly qualifies as the medical emergency so many clinicians treat it as.”

In fact, he adds, neither surgery nor radiation appears to be necessary at all for the vast majority of women with DCIS.

Research shows that 20 percent of women with DCIS had one or more characteristic—like age, race, and size of tumor—that placed them at higher risk of eventually succumbing to breast cancer. These are the women who probably should have treatment if they’re diagnosed with DCIS.

As for the other 80 percent of women with DCIS who had a lumpectomy, radiation, or a mastectomy—well they were no less likely to die from breast cancer than women who didn’t have those surgeries and treatments.

In other words, those procedures were just flat out unnecessary. And researchers of this study concluded that these women could best be treated by “prevention strategies.”

So what can you do to lower your risk of breast cancer? Here’s Dr. Micozzi’s 4-step, evidence-based approach…

  1. Load up on fruits and vegetables. A new study of 1,042 women found that carotenoids—alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin—may help prevent breast cancer. Alpha-carotene is found in orange foods like pumpkin and carrots. Beta-carotene is also found in carrots, along with leafy greens and peppers. Lycopene is what makes foods like tomatoes, watermelon, and grapefruit red. And you can find high doses of lutein and zeaxanthin in leafy greens.
  2. Take your daily vitamins. It’s no surprise that the wonder vitamin—vitamin D—has been shown in numerous studies to be protective against breast cancer. Or if you are diagnosed with breast cancer, a long-term study shows that taking higher levels of vitamin D doubles your chances of survival. I recommend 10,000 IU of D3 every day.
  3. Eat calcium-rich foods. Research shows that calcium and vitamin D together are protective against breast cancer. So make sure to eat plenty of seafood and healthy meat and dairy.
  4. Supplement with selenium. Research shows this mineral can help suppress a protein involved in tumor development, growth, and metastasis. In fact, an analysis of nine studies found that selenium supplementation cut the risk of all types of cancer by 24%. Dr. Micozzi recommends 50-200 mcg of selenium each day.

Whether you’re focused on preventing cancer or looking for insights about alternative treatments, you’ll find a wealth of science-based insights in Dr. Micozzi’s Authentic Anti-Cancer Protocol.

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SOURCES

“Should we rename low risk cancers?” BMJ 2019; 364: k4699. doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4699