Early detection is NOT prevention of breast cancer. Knowing your risk for disease is an indicator of your breast health and offers an opportunity for prevention of disease.
The 2015, peer-reviewed, publication of a landmark study, Breast Health and Reducing Breast Cancer Risk: A Functional Medicine Approach, outlines four elements to understand your breast cancer risk:
1. Uniquely You – Health History – A comprehensive history of your life experience paints the unique circumstances that have impacted your breast health.
2. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – Thermogram – Breast cancer does not simply happen without warning. Changes in cellular metabolism take place five to eight years before cancer can be detected on a mammogram. Thermographic imaging of the breasts identifies changes in the function of your breast cells.
Thermography is a non-invasive image that identifies changes in metabolism of your breast cells.
3. Numbers Count – Oxidative Stress Laboratory Results – Levels of oxidative stress parallel the levels of inflammatory metabolism of estrogen which can damage the DNA of the breast cells leading to breast cancer.
Extensive research conducted at the University of Nebraska (Rogan, E. and Cavalieri, E., et al) confirms that the inflammatory by-products of estrogen (quinones) correlate with the risk of developing breast cancer.
4. Personalized Breast Health Plan – Functional Medicine Approach – Armed with the first three elements, a unique, personalized plan is your pathway to improving your breast health. The components of a functional medicine plan are: hormone optimization, nutrition and digestive health, lymphatic and vascular circulation; environmental exposure and stress resilience.
Your Breast Health Guide – Sandy Dunn – As the designer and collaborator of the landmark study to reduce breast cancer risk, Sandra Dunn (Muran) PhDis uniquely prepared to guide you through the four elements to improving your breast health.