An article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle entitled, "Risk Factors of Breast Cancer -- How to Reduce Them," by Dr. Nima Grissom, breast surgeon.
Breast cancer rates are twenty percent higher in the San Francisco Bay Area, and they don't know why.(15-17) See the map below.
Above Image: Map of San Francisco Bay area showing elevated breast-cancer rates in green areas. Courtesy of California Breast Cancer Mapping Project.
Dr. Nima Grissom is a cancer surgeon affiliated with the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
"I tell my patients there are certain factors that increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Among these:
-- Growing older.
-- A personal prior history of breast cancer, particularly before age 45.
-- Early onset of periods.
-- First pregnancy after age 35.
-- Ethnic ties to Ashkenazis, a Jewish group that originated among the indigenous tribes of the Middle East.
-- First-degree relatives -- a parent, sibling or child -- with breast cancer, particularly if the cancer appeared before age 45.
-- History of a breast biopsy, particularly if irregular cells were found;
-- Having dense breast tissue."
Dr Nima Grissom then goes on to state: "These risk factors are things you have no control over."
The Real Things that Cause Breast Cancer We Do Have Control Over
Anyone will recognize the glaring problem with this list. Whenever you have a Cancer Map showing a cluster of cancer cases, this points to an environmental cause.(19) After all, why does the government agency go to all the bother of constructing a map? A Cancer Cluster implicates an environmental cause.
Chemicals in the environments, also called endocrine disruptors, are known to cause breast cancer, yet mentioning this is omitted.(19) Could this be a form of self-censorship to avoid offending the chemical industry by lulling the people into sheep-like acceptance of their cancer fate? ?
Omitted from Dr Grissom's list are all the real things that increase breast cancer risk that we do have control over. Here they are:
1) Xeno-estrogens and carcinogens in our food and environment that cause breast cancer. Specifically pesticides, such as DDT lindane, plastics, etc.(2-4)
2) Iodine deficiency is a known risk factor for fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer.(7-11)
3) Synthetic hormones such as PremPro and Provera are known to increase risk of cancer.(13-14)
4) Vitamin D deficiency (26), and selenium deficiency (20-25), are associated with increased cancer risk. Supplementing both when tested and found low is a sound cancer-prevention strategy. (20-26)