Breast Cancer Awareness & The Gut Microbiome: Fight Back With Food!

“It’s not what you believe that counts; it’s what you believe enough to do.” Gary Gilbranson

Breast Cancer Prevention May Start in Your Gut…

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The advent of October is best known for one major health theme — breast cancer awareness. National statistics show that breast cancer affects about 1 in every 8 women during their lifetime, and as many as 70% of these cancer cases are of unknown origin.1

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women — bested only by lung cancer.2 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to make sure you know your risk level and to brush up on prevention methods.

Cancer prevention is still very much under investigation, but virtually all researchers agree that lifestyle choices can have a huge impact on the likelihood of developing this disease. For example, studies suggest as many as 35% of all cancer deaths are directly linked to diet and physical activity — and breast cancer is no exception.3

In particular, it’s important to know how your lifestyle choices can influence the breast cancer and microbiome relationship.

You Are What You Eat

One study, published in the journal PLoS One, investigated the bacteria found in breast cancer tumor tissue and uncovered a relationship between breast cancer and gut health. When good gut bacteria aren’t there, it allows bad bacteria to thrive and flourish. The researchers observed that, “microbial DNA is present in the breast and that bacteria or their components may influence the local immune microenvironment. Our findings suggest a previously unrecognized link between dysbiosis and breast cancer which has potential diagnostic and therapeutic implications.”4

Similarly, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggests that imbalance can contribute to the emergence of disease, including cancer malignancy. In particular, the researchers found that bacterial genes living in your intestines and play a significant role in metabolizing estrogen. This can affect a woman’s risk of developing postmenopausal estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.5

Always remember that over 70% of your entire immune system resides in your gut!  Keeping your immune system strong is key to helping your body’s natural defense mechanisms remain on your side.

Fortunately, you have the power to help ward off breast cancer related to your gut biome. The foods you choose to eat or the prebiotic supplements you opt to take can provide a host of benefits for both your gut biome and your overall health.

The essential good bacteria in your body, i.e. probiotics, and the feed for that bacteria, i.e. prebiotics, naturally occur in many foods. Foods that are high in prebiotics include:

  • Chicory root
  • Asparagus
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Leeks and onions
  • Oatmeal, flax and barley
  • Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale and cauliflower
  • Fruits like apples, bananas, raspberries and blueberries

Meanwhile, foods that are high in probiotics include:

  • Low-fat, plain organic yogurt
  • Fermented vegetables like kimchi or sauerkraut
  • Fermented soybeans (miso)
  • Kombucha tea
  • Coconut kefir

Prebiotics, Probiotics and Breast Cancer

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The link between prebiotics, probiotics, and breast cancer rests heavily on the benefits that good bacteria can provide to your immune system. A healthy immune system can detect and kill cells that could become cancerous. They also help fight inflammatory responses, which can reduce your risk for cancer.6

Beyond breast cancer, the potential health benefits associated with prebiotics and probiotics concern the lowered risk for:

  • Intestinal infectious diseases
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Non-insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Other cancers including colon cancer

There’s no day like today to make important changes to your diet to protect against breast cancer. Beneficial changes in your microbiota can take place within just a few weeks.

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Sources:

1 http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-risk-factors

2 http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-key-statistics

3 http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/7/1812

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3885448/

5 http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/108/8/djw029.full

6 http://www.cancerfightingstrategies.com/immune-system-and-cancer.html

 

Additional List of Breast Cancer Resources
CDC: Cancer Prevention & Control
BCRF: Breast Cancer Research Foundation Resources
American Cancer Society: Survivorship Resource Center
Dana Farber Institute: Cancer Treatment & Resources
NIH: National Cancer Institute Resources for Patients
Be a Survivor: Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment
CTCA: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Reminder: Please work with your oncology specialist to ensure that any supplements you take are appropriate for your cancer type, and will not conflict with any medications or treatments prescribed.

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