Estrogen-positive breast cancer and alcohol are like fire and gasoline:

Estrogen-positive breast cancer and alcohol are like fire and gasoline:

At my last medical appointment my primary MD, informed me that drinking alcohol and having a history of cancer is asking for problems. So when I went home, I researched this topic. I was stunned to discover how high the odds are ( 90% ) increase of remission when drinking any type of alcohol.

So here is a bit of a summary of Dr. Kathleen T Ruddy’s article:

Alcohol and Estrogen Compete:

Alcohol and estrogen are both metabolized in the liver using similar biochemical pathways. So if the liver is busy clearing alcohol from the bloodstream, estrogen levels will rise as they wait their turn through the liver. Therefore, women who drink regularly, like every day, will have chronically elevated levels of estrogen circulating in their bloodstream. And since estrogen is the equivalent of light, sweet crude for the breast cancer engine, it’s easy to see why regular alcohol consumption is directly linked to an increased risk for breast cancer. In fact, there does not appear to be any “safe” level of alcohol use: even 1/2 glass of wine per day increases the risk for breast cancer. As a red wine and single-malt scotch lover, this was sad news for me when I learned of it several years ago.

Avoid alcohol if you want to avoid breast cancer:

The preponderance of data confirm that drinking alcohol on a regular basis increases the risk for breast cancer by approximately 40%. Therefore, my advice is to drink only occasionally and in moderation. The good news is that by drinking only on special occasions, indulging in expensive wine will be relatively affordable!

Estrogen-positive breast cancer and alcohol are like fire and gasoline:

The link between alcohol and breast cancer is old news, really. But there is more recent news about alcohol and breast cancer, per se, that ought to set off an alarm down every corridor of preventive medicine: alcohol dramatically increases the risk of breast cancer recurrence in women with estrogen-positive tumors.

Here’s the story:

Dr. Li of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center studied 365 women between 40-79 who were first diagnosed with estrogen-positive breast cancer and who were then diagnosed with a second cancer in the opposite breast. He compared these women to 726 similar patients who had not had tumor recurrence. Li was looking for differences between the two groups that might explain why one group suffered new cancers in the opposite breast, while the other group remained disease-free.

One thing stood out: having one drink per day increased the risk of a ( second cancer by 90%.)

Another unexpected finding: the majority of patients with estrogen-positive tumors did not take or complete anti-estrogen therapy (tamoxifen, anastrozole, femara etc.)

In studying both groups of women, Li made a totally unexpected discovery, not related to alcohol, but that should be viewed as a cautionary revelation nonetheless. Only 39% of patients with tumor recurrence ever used anti-estrogen therapy – although all such women are eligible for this treatment which reduces breast cancer recurrence by 50% – and of the 39% who did use anti-estrogen therapy, only 14.5% completed five years of treatment.

In the 726 women who were used as controls (the patients without tumor recurrence), only 30% ever used anti-estrogen therapy, and of these only 18.5% completed five years of treatment.

Li’s study was not designed to understand why, when 100% of the women enrolled in the study were eligible for anti-estrogen therapy, so few ever used it, and even fewer completed five years of therapy. But for all women in Li’s study, one thing was abundantly clear: drinking alcohol was a very bad idea.


Alcohol increases the risk for breast cancer, specifically estrogen-positive breast cancer. Furthermore, in women with estrogen-positive breast cancer, drinking alcohol increases the risk of a new cancer in the opposite breast a jaw-dropping 90%.


Avoid alcohol – save it for special occasions.
If you have estrogen-positive breast cancer, avoid it like the plague.

And, please, take and stay the course with your anti-estrogen medication (tamoxigen, anastrozole etc.)

India Women and Cancer


According to a study by the World Health Organization, one in 12 women in urban India will develop cancer in their lifetime. Approximately 40 per cent of new cases of cancer in India afflict women. In the past decade, breast  cancer has overtaken cervical cancer as the most common cancer among women  in Indian cities such as Mumbai and Delhi. Also, India has the highest rate of cervical cancer in the world. One in every 10 cancer deaths worldwide is in urban India. What’s more alarming, 75-80 per cent of patients are in advanced stages of the disease at the time of diagnosis.

Visit to get more information about cancer screening.

Learn more

If you are seeking information on cancer, the Internet is your best option. Here are a few useful websites:
This website hosted by the Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) is a collection of online communities that provide accurate information n a supportive environment
The website of the American Cancer Society is focused on research and education, patient and community services and patient-based program
The website provides information on its various activities, branches and other useful cancer links
This website has been created by Steve Dunn, a cancer survivor, and covers individual experiences and a collection of articles on medical literature, clinical trails, cancer statistics, etc
The Gujarat Cancer Society (GCS) website provides substantial cancer-related information and case studies

The focuses on the program of the National Institute of Health, USA, coordinating a national research program on cancer causes and prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment
A comprehensive website from the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center that contains information regarding sites, treatment and emotional support as well as current articles, literature and research information

Breast cancer
This website provides basic information through a series of articles, forums, a newsletter and a chat room
The National Association of Breast Cancer Organizations, USA, provides information and assistance to patients and family members

Cervical cancer
The Centre for Cervical Health provided information on Pap tests, useful information and resources
The Vulvar Pain Foundation provides information on treatment, support and research and promotes awareness

Ovarian cancer
This site provides information on ovarian cancer, its symptoms and treatment
A support site for ovarian cancer, it offers details about women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the survivors

Kinesio Tex Gold Tape

Do you have pain, fatigue, spasm or lymphedema after breast surgery, consider try Kinesio Tex Gold Tape for pain control and increase motor movement.

Treatment for breast cancer can be challenging to manage and distressing for patients at times. Kinesiology tape has traditionally been used in sports injuries and is considered effective in improving lymph drainage.

The tape is applied to the breast or chest wall for 3-5 days at a time. You can shower and go about your regular routine.

For those of you, trying it for the first time monitor your tissue for redness or allergy. And also measure your lymphedema for decrease in size. If you are like me, you will love it. It has helped me get back to my life and stops the pain in its tracks. The slogan is “taping movement, not muscles”.

Remember using kinesiology tape in more challenging areas of the body, ask for a assessment by a healthcare professional.

A journey of cancer treatment at UCLA:

The most dangerous aspect of melanoma is its ability, in later stages, to spread (or metastasize) to other parts of the body. The term ‘metastatic melanoma’, also known as stage IV melanoma, is used when melanoma cells of any kind (cutaneous, mucosal or ocular) have spread through the lymph nodes to distant sites in the body and/or to the body’s organs. The liver, lungs, bones and brain are most often affected by these metastases.

As with other cancers, metastases occur when the melanoma is not caught in the early stages. Oftentimes, symptoms only become present once it is has already spread. Once melanoma has spread, determining the original type is nearly impossible – which makes planning the right treatment extremely difficult. Early detection is crucial.

Help our Occupy brother whom has started his journey on cancer treatment at UCLA this week.

We are sending you massive love and support from the Bay Area. You have the extraordinary ability to weave together your insights about your illness and to illuminate your own experiences with cancer. That takes great courage and we have your back all the way.

Bring hope to Kyle Lesley and donate money for his treatment.

Top foods to cut cancer risk.

Top foods to cut cancer risk

Recommended Foods in Dr. Farquhar’s@ Stanford Hospital “Best Diet Ever”

Soy – 8-10 grams tofu, soy nuts, soy milk or edamame a day to help prevent breast and prostate cancer.

Berries – one cup per day for antioxidants to help ward off cell damage that can lead to cancer and other diseases.

Broccoli – 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli or other cruciferous veggies a day to aid in prevention of colorectal cancer.

Onions – 1/4 cup of onions, garlic, leeks or shallots for several anti-cancer agents.

Tomatoes – 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw tomatoes three times a week to help prevent prostate cancer. Adding three daily servings of “rainbow vegetables” (red, orange, yellow, white, green or purple) provides even more disease-preventing micronutrients.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

A reminder – October 13 is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

October 13 is the ONE day of the WHOLE Breast Cancer Awareness Month that calls attention to those who have died (40,000 annually) and the 150,000 LIVING with this incurable disease in the US.

Here are some important facts from:…/

13 Facts Everyone Should Know about Metastatic Breast Cancer

1. No one dies from breast cancer that remains in the breast. Metastasis occurs when cancerous cells travel to a vital organ and that is what threatens life.

2. Metastasis refers to the spread of cancer to different parts of the body, typically the bones, liver, lungs and brain.

3. An estimated 155,000 Americans are currently living with metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer accounts for approximately 40,000 deaths annually in the U.S.

4. Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is lifelong and focuses on control of the disease and quality of life.

5. About 6% to 10% of people are Stage IV from their initial diagnosis.

6. Early detection does not guarantee a cure. Metastatic breast cancer can occur 5, 10 or 15 years after a person’s original diagnosis and successful treatment checkups and annual mammograms.

7. 20% to 30% of people initially diagnosed with early stage disease will develop metastatic breast cancer.

8. Young people, as well as men, can be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

9. Like early stage breast cancer, there are different types of metastatic breast cancer.

10. Treatment choices are guided by breast cancer type, location and extent of metastasis in the body, previous treatments and other factors.

11. Metastatic breast cancer is not an automatic death sentence. Although most people will ultimately die of their disease, some will live long and productive lives.

12. There are no definitive prognostic statistics for metastatic breast cancer. Every patient and their disease is unique.

13. To learn more about National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 13 and to access resources specifically for people living with metastatic breast cancer and their caregivers, visit


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