and the Protective Effects of Nutrients
scientific research summaries
To assist those readers searching for scientific evidence supporting the use of natural ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer and other forms of cancer, NutriSearch has compiled a series of research reports on nutrients and breast cancer. Each report is a compilation of research summaries from scientific studies gleaned from leading scientific and medical journals around the world. These research abstracts provide hard scientific evidence of the power of supplementation in disease prevention.
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Breast cancer -- two powerful words that strike fear into the hearts of women worldwide. As the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women and the leading cause of death for women between the ages 35 to 54, breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women worldwide. The disease comprises almost 23% of all invasive cancers affecting females. The United States has the highest annual incidence of breast cancer in the world. Among US women, the lifetime risk for contracting this dreaded, yet preventable, disease stands at one in eight. Fortunately, if caught early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is now about 95%. Tragically, while survival rates continue to improve, millions of women worldwide still face the ordeal of permanent disfigurement and ongoing emotional trauma.
Lumps that are firm, never go away, and are usually pain free characterize cancer of the breast. While the vast majority of breast lumps are benign cysts or fibroid masses, confirmation is not possible without a detailed professional examination. This generally involves a biopsy of the affected tissue. Once detected, usually through self-discovery, breast cancer has likely already spread. Even at its earliest detectible stage, when the lump is not much more than a pinhead, an average of over 45 billion cancer cells are present, aggressively multiplying and infiltrating surrounding tissue.