By Michael Gregor, M.D., a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker.
The breast cancer you may feel one day as a lump in the shower may have started 20 years before. We now suspect that all the epithelial cancers — breast, colon, lung, pancreas, prostate, ovarian, the ones that cause the vast majority of cancer deaths — may have been growing for up to 20 years or more. By the time it’s picked up, it may have already been growing, maturing, scheming for years, acquiring hundreds of new survival-of-the-fittest mutations to grow even quicker, better undermine our immune system.
So called early detection, like mammogram, is really, really late detection. People are considered “healthy” until they show symptoms but if we’ve been harboring a malignancy for 20 years we may feel all right, but we haven’t been.
So many people who do the right thing and improve their diet in hopes of preventing cancer may very well at that very moment be treating it, as well.
Cancer prevention and treatment may sometimes be the same thing.
Breast cancer can take decades to develop, so early detection via mammogram may be too late. Have a question about this video? Leave it in the comment section at http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/canc… and I’ll try to answer it! Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out the other videos on cancer and diet (http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/cancer/). Also, there are 1,449 subjects (http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/) covered in my other videos–please feel free to explore them!
Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.