Introduction to Breast Health Series
Introduction to Breast Health Series
The incidence of breast cancer in women in 2010 (American Cancer Society, Inc.) was estimated to be 209,000 new cases (this does not include estimated cancer occurrence prior to 2010) with an estimated 40,230 deaths from breast cancer in 2010. Of all the cancers, breast cancer is estimated to be the highest cause of death in women, second only to heart attacks. The science and technology of identifying cancer of all kinds has improved greatly so when one uses these technologies, cancer can be identified early on and treatment initiated promptly so that the consequences of cancer are considerably reduced if not avoided altogether.
Perhaps the best of all worlds is that of preventing breast cancer or, at the very least once cancer has been identified, minimizing its impact through reducing its rate of growth. The ways in which this can be done is much the same as with any other potential for disease—develop and sustain healthy tissue which does not nurture or support the growth of cancer cells or for that matter any type of harmful process or condition.
So what processes and procedures develop and sustain healthy body tissue? The good news is that there are actually many options. However, there has been little research to assess the viability of many of these alternatives. Common sense and clinical experience suggest processes and procedures that are likely feasible treatment modalities in the battle of cancer prevention or reduction of cancerous growths. The array of choices encompasses both western and eastern medical and health options.
In this series, SheVille will provide information that can help us lead more healthful lives and sustain healthier body tissues to avoid or reduce disease processes. To that end, we are offering this series of papers by local practitioners from both western and eastern practice that might provide valuable information for wellness and disease prevention. This series is not offering alternative treatments to cancer; the oncological treatments that have been and continue to be researched and examined remain the best choices for good outcomes in the elimination of cancerous growths.
Va Boyle, Ph.D. General and Clinical Psychologist
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“Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers.
Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society.
Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears.
Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi
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