Saliva Hormone testing may prevent or reduce your risk of Breast Cancer. As many as 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime so being proactive with breast health is a wise choice for yourself. Hormone testing and follow up is crucial for determining your optimal treatment program. Testing may include salivary hormones, Vitamin D and iodine levels. Saliva testing measures your unbound or bio-available hormone levels.
Breast health is influenced by many factors, but the main ones are:
• Estrogen Dominance
• Vitamin D Deficiency
• Iodine Insufficiency
I will be blogging about each of these factors in the up coming week.
Low levels of progesterone can sometimes cause breast tenderness in women. Estrogen Dominance is a common occurrence and manifests when there is too much estrogen in the body in comparison to progesterone. Peri-menopause is the term for the years leading up to menopause, which can begin as early as age 40. Progesterone levels drop quite sharply during peri-menopause while estrogen levels can often stay high.
Estrogen Dominance is more likely to occur in peri-menopausal and post menopausal women. High levels of estrogen, especially Estrone and Estradiol can be detrimental to breast tissue.
Long Term Estrogen Dominance is a significant risk factor for Breast Cancer which is why it is so important to prevent Breast Cancer with Saliva Hormone Testing.
Vitamin D, a powerful antioxidant hormone, and the mineral Iodine play key roles in maintaining healthy breast tissue. If these nutrients and hormones are out of balance you may have an increased risk for breast health issues. While exams are a vital part of overall breast care, keeping your breasts healthy involves keeping hormones balanced and tissues healthy. As we age, our production of sex hormones changes naturally. However, with proper monitoring and treatment, these changes do not have to have a negative effect on your body.
Since many women realize the importance of breast exams, thermography or mammograms (if you chose) to check for abnormal cells, it is equally important to test your hormone levels to identify possible risk factors for Breast Cancer.
Hormone balance plays an important role in maintaining healthy breasts. The hormones progesterone and estrogen both impact breast tissue. Estrogen is important for cell growth and breast development. Progesterone is a protective hormone and will help slow tissue growth. When Estrogen and Progesterone are in balance, breast tissue is likely to be healthy.
When out of balance — symptoms often appear.
• Breast Pain
• Cysts or Lumps
• Fibrocycstic Changes
• Breast Tenderness
• Change in Breast Size
• Nipple Discharge
Get tested! Because of the complexity of the endocrine system, issues rarely stem from one hormone alone. To evaluate your hormone function, ask your health care provider for your Comprehensive Plus Panel saliva kit. They may also recommend Vitamin D and Iodine levels as these are important markers and need to be monitored on a regular basis. The Comprehensive Plus Panel will test the following hormones:
• Cortisol – Four times during the day
There are many reputable labs around the country that provide this service, but I have worked with Labrix Clinical Services for many years, with consistent and accurate results. For more information about how to Prevent Breast Cancer and Saliva Hormone testing, visit my web site or feel free to contact me via email.