GMO’s and Breast Cancer Awareness

GMO’s and Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month making it a perfect time to explore the largely ignored and seldom discussed link between GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) and the diagnosis most feared by women. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women age 40 to 55 and about 80 percent of those diagnosed have no family history of the disease. One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime with nearly 40,000 losing their lives each year. And, approximately 1,700 men will develop breast cancer each year too.

So, what can you do to reduce your risk? And, what do GMO’s have to do with Breast Cancer? The answer to both questions is plenty. Proactive prevention through positive lifestyle choices is key. An organic diet rich in fruits and vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, (there is a strong association between being overweight and breast cancer among postmenopausal women) exercising regularly, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking and supporting a strong immune system through foods and supplementation are the basics. But, we must also examine and reduce our chemical exposure.

We want to bring your awareness to the link between breast cancer and the toxic chemicals found in Genetically Modified crops, specifically glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide “Roundup”. Dr. Stephanie Seneff, the Senior Research Scientist at MIT, states that “glyphosate is possibly the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.” One study revealed that glyphosate has estrogenic properties that causes dramatic breast cancer proliferation which explains why rats fed Roundup developed massive breast tumors. Other recently published studies demonstrate glyphosate’s toxicity to aquatic life, animals, and humans.

GMOs are plants or animals created through the process of genetic engineering. This technology forces DNA of one species into another, resulting in unstable combinations that do not occur in nature. Almost all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand herbicide and/or produce an insecticide. GMOs are present in 75% of conventional processed foods. The United States produces 48% of all GMO food, more than any other country. The use of Roundup has increased 15 times since the introduction of GMOs in food.

GMO’s and Breast Cancer Awareness

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