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Modern life is a miracle.
So much has changed since our primitive past that itís hard to imagine life before industrialization despite the fact that it has occurred in only a flash of evolutionary time.  For those of us born to this life, electricity is a given, a car a necessity, food is safe, and entertainment non-stop.

And we seem healthier.
The infectious disease scourges of the past have receded and life expectancy has increased.  The risk of cancer has also changed, but the changes are harder to predict, with some cancer types increasing while others have decreased.  For most of these, the reasons are apparent.

Yet, there is an epidemic of breast cancer.
It is a terrible consequence of the miracle of industrialization: Something about our modern lifestyle is driving breast cancer risk ever higher, but the cause of this epidemic is a profound mystery.

Something unknown about our industrialized world is resulting in record numbers of breast cancer victims. The international race to find the causes of breast cancer is the subject of THE MYSTERY OF BREAST CANCER, a one-hour documentary being developed for broadcast on U.S. PBS stations and international channels with the assistance of a distinguished advisory board 

 

It was not until cancer registries were developed, and new cases of breast cancer counted as they occurred, that we began to realize an epidemic was unfolding.  Diet is an obvious candidate: more processing, less fiber, more fat.  But intense research has so far failed to see an obvious connection.  So whatís next -- Air pollution? Smoking? Cell phones? Hair spray? Tight bras? Bad movies?  The list goes mercilessly on.

 

On another front, basic scientists have been madly grinding out the details of exactly what a breast cancer cell is and how it works.  A startling breakthrough came with the understanding that cancer begins in just one cell among billions of normal neighbors in the breast tissue.  For some reason, it happens that in one renegade cell its DNA is damaged, or mutated, in two ways at the same time: It no longer wants to cooperate with its neighbors and it refuses its genetic duty to kill itself.  Most damaged cells are programmed to realize they must kill themselves for the sake of the community; cancer cells do not.

 

How do these DNA mutations happen?  Out of normalcy can come perversion: Without normal breast tissue development, and the cell division required for that development, cancer cells would not occur.  As breast tissue develops, cells divide many, many times.  Each division provides the opportunity for mutations.  If the tissue is growing rapidly, and cells dividing faster than necessary, more mutations can happen.  It turns out that the greatest influence on development is estrogen.

 

Could studying this new biology suggest a path of discovery of what in our modern life is causing breast cancer in women?

 

Estrogen, the hormone that so strongly affects a womanís health and well being, may, in excess, be the leading cause of breast cancer.  This could be the key.  There may now be a path.  If so, then what are the factors -- environmental, dietary, occupational, or otherwise -- that raise estrogen levels in women in the modern world?

 

There are two types of estrogen in a womanís body: that which she made herself (endogenous) and that which has been added to her body (exogenous) by such things as oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy. Interestingly, a womanís lifetime risk may be strongly influenced by her motherís estrogen level prior to her birth. But the root question remains: What is raising estrogen in women, both mothers and daughters?

 

We seem to be getting closer to  finding aspects of modern life that cause breast cancer: factors that raise estrogen may be the answer. Until we do know better how to prevent it, breast cancer will afflict one in nine women in the United States and a growing number of  women in other countries. Improved treatment strategies are good; prevention is better..

 

Watch for more information coming soon ...

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RESOURCES

SERIES SNEAK PEEK

For an advance look of what our series Natural Home Living is about,  check out the Natural Home magazine site.

THE SOLAR SOLUTION

Mother Earth News Contributing Editor Steve Heckeroth explains why solar energy is the solution to our fossil-fueled crisis.

THE WONDER OF WIND

Another recent Mother article artfully argues for windmills and wind farms as a "higher order of beauty" that can provide a significant percentage of our electricity.

TOP 10 ECO PROBLEMS

Why and how business can profit with strategic environmental thinking  is the topic  of "Green to Gold," by eco-consultants Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston.

Here is their concise listing of the top 10 environmental problems facing the world today.

GREENWASHING SINS

TerraChoice has published a list of the top six sins of greenwashing, which is what companies do when they mislead consumers regarding their environmental practices.

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