Ask Dr. Jen: What is estrogen’s role in breast cancer?

breast cancerI’ve received several questions lately about estrogen’s role in breast cancer. Estrogen-receptor (ER) positive breast cancer is on the rise, as is environmental exposure to xenoestrogens, which are estrogen-like compounds that exist in our environment.

In our modern world, we’re constantly exposed to xenoestrogens. We get it in the air we breathe, the food we eat, in the cosmetics and cleaners we use, and even the water we drink. (To cut down on your exposure, opt for hormone-free meats, avoid beauty products with parabens, purchase natural cleaning products from your local health food store, and make sure your canned goods and water bottles are BPA-free).

When your body is exposed to xenoestrogens, it affects how your body breaks down natural estrogen and can even mimic estrogen in the body. These effects lead to a dangerous state known as estrogen dominance.

Estrogen dominance is a form of hormone imbalance that can contribute to increased inflammation throughout the body, as well as disease, including testicular, uterine or breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.

I recently wrote an article for Fox News to address this important issue. To learn more about the role of estrogen in breast cancer – and what you can do to reduce your risk, click here.

P. S. One woman wrote in and asked about alternatives to aromatase inhibitor meds – my Female Hormone Balance Formula has multiple ingredients in it to help decrease estrogen dominance and to help the body to detoxify (break down) estrogens for safe elimination and possibly a decreased risk of breast cancer.

Dr. Jen's Female Hormone Balance Formula

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