Cancer Survival - Jane's Story: Breast Cancer & Hormones Video

Jane diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in November 2007, here she e talks about the prevalence of breast cancer.
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What I’m really most concerned about I guess are the number of women who get breast cancer in this country, one of eight women and that’s unreasonable the high statistics, so I’m so grateful of that we have cures for it, but we really need to find the cause and be able to prevent that. I know that there are a lot of factors that play into it and maybe the causes are not that simple thing, but there are way too many people, women who have that. So, and I personally think that we need to really look at how women use hormones in this country. Hormones in their birth control and things like that because one of the things that my oncologist felt very strongly about this, and I do too is the fact that —well and I don’t know if I’d explained this before, but about eight months or so before and six months I guess before I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’d started having very heavy menstrual cycles I mean, and very, very heavy and had gone to my gynecologist to talk about what kinds of things we could do to help this without doing a major surgery or anything. One of the options she gave me was to utilize an IUD that was progesterone releasing, and that of itself should diminished the menstrual cycle when in heaviest flow. And the other option was an ablation which is what they do with laser and they basically removed the lining of the uterus and decrease the thickness of it, so you don’t have as much volume to swathe in your menstrual cycle. That seem to me more invasive and so not really knowing that much about hormonal connections and cancer I opted for the IUD that was progesterone releasing, so I had that placed at the end of July and it was the next month when or well probably month and a half when I had that just a general check up with my family doctor and she is the one who actually felt for lump which I had not noticed to anything really before, and then I was about a month later then I was fully diagnosed with the cancer. According to my oncologist he was very concerned about that when I told them that I had this hormonal releasing IUD and he said, “You need to get that out”, so I did had it removed right away, but basically the way he explained it to me was that there have studies that have demonstrated this in mice anyway, and I don’t know about in humans. But that estrogen, if you have a cancerous tumor or cancer cell and you feed it with estrogen it causes it to grow, but if you feed it progesterone it causes it to grow even faster. So he said, it’s like putting fuel on a fire. Not to say that the hormones is actually causing the tumor or the cancer cell, but it increases the rapidity of the growth of it, so what I kind to think I mean, that in my own mind this is my self diagnosis which has no basis and scientific fact, so don’t try this at home girls. But I feel like I went through a period of my life where I had very significant stress going on because of the job I had. And you know my blood pressure went up I developed a diabetes. I just kind of have this major life stress, and I think that I feel like my body responded by mutating some cells and that’s where the original cancer cells started growing during that period of stress when my cortisol levels were high and my immune system was low and all that sort of thing, and by doing that then it was there but maybe it wasn’t growing fast because it really did not maybe the fuel for the fire until I had the IUD placed that was really releasing the progesterone and then bang the progesterone gets into my system, and then the tumor takes off. So that’s just my own theory and certainly I don’t have any proof of that, but I just think women should think about that when they are around using hormonal therapy for anything whether it’s birth control or problems with their menstrual cycles or menopause whatever, so because bodies are basically a self balancing and self healing and when we add those other elements into the process where we are playing with nature kind of.

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