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The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is a nonprofit group dedicated to the issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, a disease that usually doesn’t affect women until their 60s.
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The Cancer Time Bomb Sitting in Your Refrigerator – Will You Stop Consuming It? Moores Cancer Centre at UCSD, San Diego concluded from a mega study of previous research that up to half the cases of breast cancer, and two thirds of the cases of colorectal cancer in the USA could have been prevented if people had had adequate blood levels of vitamin D.
The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology reviewed two studies concluding that women with the highest blood levels had the lowest risk of breast cancer – 15 to 30 minutes in the sun every day, or 2000 IU’s of supplement were recommended. One study showed that the lower blood levels of vitamin D, the more dense (and dangerous) the breast tissue.
The American Journal of Preventative medicine cross-related 5 studies over a 25 year period to conclude that taking a 2000 IU supplement of vitamin D3 daily would cut colorectal cancer by two thirds.
Researchers at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health have concluded that good levels of vitamin D in the body may help people with early stage lung cancer survive longer after surgery. Patients who had surgery in the sunny summer months where vitamin D levels are higher were more than twice as likely to be alive 5 years after surgery compared with those with low vitamin D levels having winter time surgery.
Breast cancer cells have been shown to have vitamin D receptor sites on their surface. Since women who have had breast cancer in one breast are clearly interested in preventing breast cancer in the other, supplementation of vitamin D seems an essential part of their anti-cancer programme.
And vitamin D supplementation is already being used as part of breast cancer treatment programmes in some US hospitals; it is being used in conjunction with radiotherapy in others, and it is also being used in a concentrated form in combination with Taxotere, for patients with prostate cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering New York.
At the American Association for Cancer Research meeting, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health released the results of a new study using data from the Nurses’ Health Study. Researchers wanted to find out if there was any correlation between breast cancer risk and blood serum levels of cysteine – an amino acid and precursor of glutathione, the intracellular antioxidant that I’ve told you about many times. Taking the lead from previous studies that have shown glutathione GSH to be capable of detoxifying carcinogens, the Brigham researchers examined blood sample data from more than 700 breast-cancer patients. All patient records were matched with records of subjects who were healthy and of similar age.
The most dramatic results were recorded among pre-menopausal women. In this group, women who had the highest levels of cysteine were more than 75 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than those with the lowest cysteine levels. And the risk was reduced even more among women who had normal body weight. Post-menopausal women with the highest cysteine levels also fared well, reducing their breast cancer risk by almost half compared to women with the lowest levels. In the conclusions to the Brigham study, lead author Shumin Zhang named a specific supplement, known to boost cysteine levels. Zhang wrote: ‘N-acetylcysteine, a synthetic precursor of cysteine, might have the potential to be chemopreventive against breast cancer. 
Glutathione and Cancer According to a study published in the 2011 issue of the journal “Cancers,” glutathione regulates some mechanisms of cancer, such as production of DNA, cell growth and reproduction and cell death. The researchers noted the potential for selectively inducing glutathione depletion as a means of cancer treatment. It is important to note that for glutathione to be an effective treatment, it must be medical grade, administered via IV. Supplements or foods containing glutathione do not initiate the same type of cellular response as an IV protocol.
Alcohol increases risk of breast cancer among women A new study has found that adolescent girls with a family history of breast disease have a higher risk of developing benign breast disease as young women, and that alcohol consumption increases the risk. The research, conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, focused on the role of hormones and body processes in determining certain risk factors of breast disease.
“In the current study, we have tried to disentangle the effects of alcohol in women with a family history that includes both breast cancer and benign breast disease, compared to women with no family history,” senior study author Graham A. Colditz said, “and we’re seeing the strongest effect of alcohol in women with breast disease in the family.”
How Young Women can Reduce Their Risk of Breast Disease Avoiding alcohol is one of the best things young women with a family history of benign breast disease or breast cancer can do to avoid these diseases. Those are the findings of new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.