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Breast Cancer Prevention Tips
Grape Juice as Preventive Medicine

Purple grape juice may help prevernt breast cancer, reports Keith W. Singletary, PhD, professor of nutrition at Univ of Illinois, UC. In addition to improving heart health, polyphenols (an antioxidant found in fruits and veggies), may also inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells.

Better Detection

• Thomas Kolb, MD, private practice radiologist NYC, writes that mammography plus ultrasound helps detect small cancers in dense breast tissue, which apparently occurs in almost half of women. Adding ultrasound raises detection rate to 97%.

• Stephen Taplin, MD, Group Health Coop, Seattle, recommends that during a mammogram, a woman should help the tech get a better picture by leaning forward and allowing the breast tissue to be fully compressed.

Mammogram as a Predictor of Stroke Risk

Carlos Iribarren, MD, PhD, Research Scientist at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif., says that women whose mammograms indicated calcification of the blood vessels of the breast had a 40% higher chance of an ischemic stroke than women with normal blood vessels. The basis is that if these calcifications are visible, then this buildup might be suggestive of simliar buildup in arteries.

HRT & Breast Cancer Risk

Apparently, medical doctors are doing an "about-face" on the supposed health advantages of Hormone Replacement Therapy. John Lee, MD, of Sebastopol, Calif., says that there is mounting evidence that HRT can cause breast cancer. For an explanation, please see his book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer: How Hormone Balance Can Help Save Your Life" published by Warner Books.

Carrots Combat Ovarian Cancer

Daniel Cramer, MD, OB/GYN professor at Harvard Medical School reports in a new finding that women who ate just four carrot sticks fives times a week halved their risk of ovarian cancer. Supposedly, beta-carotene (also found in other similar colored foods such as apricots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, etc.) is the powerful antioxidant at work.