What if we could prevent breast cancer?
Last month was breast cancer awareness month. You may have noticed the pink ribbons on everything from magazine covers to yogurt containers. While we believe cancer awareness is important, we also believe the focus on prevention is even more important.
Isn’t it time we spend our resources on informing people how to prevent cancer rather than raising awareness?
I hope you’ll help us spread the word… the time for cancer prevention is NOW
1 in 8 women will hear the words “You have breast cancer.” Will that woman be you, your wife, your mother, your daughter? There is currently no way to predict who will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and, there are far too many who will lose their lives to this devastating disease.
But what if there were a way to prevent breast cancer altogether? What if nobody had to hear the words “You have breast cancer?”
The Nutritional Research Foundation hopes to find a way to prevent breast cancer — not catch it early, not cure it after it’s invaded the body — but prevent it from ever happening in the first place.
In 2007, the World Cancer Research Fund published a 517-page report summarizing systematic reviews of several thousand research studies related to cancer prevention. This report concluded that 50% of cancers are preventable.
Another major epidemiological study (the HALE study) cited a more than 60% reduction in all cause mortality, including cancer, over the course of the study among people who had adopted a healthier lifestyle. While factors such as chemicals, tobacco, radiation, physical inactivity, obesity and certain infectious organisms has been shown to play a definitive role in cancer development, the role of diet in the development and progression of cancer continues to challenge scientists.
Research has shown that a high intake of vegetables and fruits along with other natural sources of dietary fiber like legumes, nuts and seeds is associated with a lower risk of most degenerative diseases. Studies have shown that higher intake of certain substances found in vegetables correlate with reduced risk of cancers of the lung, breast, colon and prostate. In addition to plant based phytochemicals, there is evidence that certain mushrooms, nuts and seeds, soy, certain spices and herbs and green tea offer protection against several cancers.
While the rationale for cancer prevention through our daily food choices seems clear, research to determine the optimal diet style for risk reduction is scant. Research on the critical intake of nutrients and the duration required to reduce cancer growth and progression is needed.
We intend to evaluate the cancer risk reduction associated with a high nutrient density diet. We will perform a prospective study examining the incidence of cancer in a large cohort (thousands of participants) who remain on a HND diet for a 10-year period and compare them to their national counterparts on a standard American diet over that same time period.
Your donations will be spent employing some of the nation’s leading nutritional scientists to study the blood-work and document the results of these women. They will also work with the women to encourage and document their compliance with the diet.
Be part of this groundbreaking research. Donate and help us save lives.
Read Dr. Fuhrman's essay October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, didn't you hear?
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