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Breast
Health
Tips
B
reast cancer is the most common cancer in women in • Adequate B vitamin status: B vitamins serve many roles
the United States, aside from skin cancer. According in the body and are involved with over 100 enzymatic reac-
to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 192,370 tions. They are cofactors in many detoxification reactions in
new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diag- the body, including those reactions that help clear estrogen
nosed among women in the United States this year. An esti- and plastics from the body. Researchers at Harvard recently
mated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in released a study suggesting B6, along with folic acid, is pro-
2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer tective against breast cancer.
survivors living in the United States. Though October is the
designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we maintain that • DIM/ indole-3 carbinol (I3C): I3C is found naturally
breast health is important each and every day of the year. Be- in cruciferous vegetables, and converted to DIM by stomach
low are some tips that can help maintain breast health: acid. These compounds help maintain a healthy ratio of estro-
gens and protect against breast cancer.
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