Natural Breast Cancer Prevention

Vitamin D deficiency is now recognized as one of the most significant and preventable risk factors for breast cancer. And the amount of vitamin D humans need to be healthy is naturally consistent with getting regular sun exposure-- the most natural, reliable, abundant and neglected source of vitamin D.

Hundreds of studies now show that "The Sunshine Vitamin" regulates proper cell growth in every system in the body, and that vitamin D deficiency compromises this natural system, allowing cancer cells to develop and spread. Research has established that maintaining natural vitamin D levels cuts breast cancer risk in half.

"Humans make thousands of units of vitamin D within minutes of whole body exposure to sunlight. From what we know of nature, it is unlikely such a system evolved by chance," says Dr. John Cannell, founder, Vitamin D Council.

Research also suggests a connection between exercise, specific dietary practices and breast cancer risk reduction-further evidence that natural behaviors may be our best defenses against cancer.

Get Your Vitamin D Level Tested!

It's a simple blood test called a "calcidiol test" and it's a lot like a cholesterol screening. Ask for it next time you see your doctor or go to http://grassroots/daction to get the D-Action home test.

More important that your daily intake of vitamin D are your actual vitamin D blood levels. Optimal vitamin D blood levels for breast cancer prevention are 40-60 ng/mL (also measured as 100-150 nmol/L), according to D-Action, a world-wide panel of 40 leading vitamin D researchers.

The North American average today is around 23 ng/ml, only about half what it should be and 20 percent lower that it was a generation ago. Knowing your D level and working with your doctor to raise it to natural levels is the biggest thing you can do to decrease your breast cancer risk.

Why Support the Breast Cancer Natural Prevention Campaign?

The breast Cancer Natural Prevention Campaign focuses on disease prevention, making it truly unique among breast cancer awareness campaigns today. By teaching communities the power of simple lifestyle choices, this campaign can impact and empower every person reached by the campaign's messages:

Know it: Know what you can do to significantly reduce you r risk of every contracting breast cancer, starting with understanding the power of natural lifestyle and diet choices.

Test It: Vitamin D deficiency is the single-biggest avoidable risk factor for breast cancer and indoor lifestyles have made most of us vitamin D deficient today. Get your vitamin D blood level checked!

Own it: Help spread this simple message in your community. Get involved. The Breast Cancer Natural Prevention Campaign is simple to set up and run in just about any business or organization. It's simple format lets you get the message out without interfering with your business.

The Facts About Breast Cancer and Vitamin D

Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in female mortality in North America - striking more than 200,00 women every year and killing 45,000. Breast cancer was one of the first cancers identified as being much less common in women with natural vitamin D levels, as well as in women who get regular sun exposure.

A 2011 study published in Anticancer Research by Dr. Cedric F. Garland, From the University of San Diego-California linked natural vitamin D levels with a 50 percent reduction in breast cancer risk.

A 2006 paper published in Anticancer Research established that women with higher vitamin D levels are 50-70 percent less likely to develop breast cancer.

A University of Toronto study found that women with vitamin D levels above 30 ng/ml (75 nmol/l) at time of breast cancer diagnosis had half the 12-year all-cause mortality rate of those with less than 10 ng/ml (25 nmol/l).

A 2007 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology reported that women with high sun exposure levels- the most natural and abundant source of vitamin D- had half the risk of developing breast cancer.

A 2007 paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that women with high vitamin D levels have up to a 77 percent reduction in overall cancer risk-including breast cancer.

A 2002 paper in Occupational and Environmental Medicine established that women who received regular sun exposure were less likely to die from breast cancer.