National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Hyperthyroidism, breast cancer risk, breast cancer protection

National Breast Cancer Awareness MonthThis month is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, with an estimated one in eight women developing breast cancer at some point in their lives. October is the time to raise awareness of early detection, which is why we at Bel Marra feel we have to do our part. To better get you up to speed with your breast cancer knowledge, we have provided articles on breast cancer risk, breast cancer protection as well as how the cancer is related to hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism increases risk of breast cancer

A link has been found between overactive thyroid and breast cancer whereby women who have hyperthyroidism have been found to have an increased risk of breast cancer. According to researchers, the risk is 11 percent higher, compared to women with normal functioning thyroids.


Although hyperthyroidism was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, hypothyroidism – an underactive thyroid – was found to decrease the risk of breast cancer by six percent. Continue reading…

Certain hair products may increase breast cancer riskCertain hair products may increase breast cancer risk

New research findings have uncovered that black women who use certain hair dyes and white women using certain chemical relaxants have a higher risk of breast cancer. The study involved over 4,000 women.

The study found that black women who used dark brown of black hair dyes had a 51 percent higher risk for breast cancer. White women who used hair relaxers had a 71 percent higher risk for breast cancer. Although the study uncovered an association between these hair products and breast cancer risk, it did not explain the connection. Continue reading…

Mediterranean diet breast cancerMediterranean diet may help reduce the risk of breast cancer: Study

A 20-year study out of the Netherlands has found an association between following the Mediterranean diet and a decreased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

The Mediterranean diet is mostly plant-based and emphasizes vegetables, fruits, beans, olive oil, and oily fish while limiting red meat and processed foods. It has already been associated with improved heart health and better weight management, and the findings from this study suggest that it may also aid in lowering the risk of estrogen-receptor negative (ER-negative) breast cancer. Continue reading…

statin breast cancerStatin medication could possibly protect against breast cancer: Study

Cholesterol is a substance in the body that helps to build healthy cells and promote proper nerve and cellular function. While a small amount of it is required for sustainability, too much of it can lead to some detrimental effects such as atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke.

Breast cancer is another condition affecting about one in eight American women in their life time and can lead to life threatening consequences if not recognized and treated as soon as possible. Continue reading…

Soybean compound Soybean compound found to reduce death rate in some breast cancer patients


Breast cancer is a condition that plagues the mind of most women at one point or another. Discovering a lump on your breast can be frightening, as breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in females worldwide, accounting for nearly 18.2 percent of all cancer deaths.

People have always said that your lifestyle and diet play an important role in cancer development, and the results of a recent study may help justify this notion.

Researchers have found that eating soybeans may be beneficial for some women with breast cancer. Continue reading…


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