Lately, one of my friends felt a small lump in her breast. She ignored it at first. She thought it was probably some allergic reaction or pus and that it would subside in a day or so. Instead, to her surprise, she noticed that the lump in her breast was growing larger.
Ultimately she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The 38 year old woman was one of the estimated 200,000 plus cases of breast cancer in the United States.
Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any other cancer, except lung cancer. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, though there are a number of risk factors.
All we can do is to eat healthy, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle so as to reduce the chances of this horrifying disease. One way of eating healthy is to include food that has lots of antioxidants and vitamins such as Vitamin A, C and E.
There are several studies on breast cancer and from 51 such studies it has been concluded that the risk of breast cancer is reduced by 17 percent in those with the highest vitamin A intake (compared to the lowest, pooled OR= 0.83). Furthermore, dietary Vitamin A, dietary Vitamin E, and total Vitamin E intakes, all reduced the risk of breast cancer when results from all the studies were pooled, and became insignificant, when data from cohort studies was pooled. The authors thereby conclude, “…the total intake of Vitamin A and retinol could reduce the risk of breast cancer.”
“KNOWING IT EXISTS IS NOT ENOUGH. GET INFORMED, PASS IT ON”
NIH: National Cancer Institute
Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/39843 “Retinol, vitamins A, C, and E and breast cancer risk: a meta-analysis and meta-regression,” Fulan H, Changxing J, et al, Cancer Causes Control, 2011, [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Epidemiology, Public Health College, Harbin Medical University, 157, Baojian Street, Nangang District, Harbin, Heilongjiang, People’s Republic of China).