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Breast Cancer Special Feature

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in cancer, originally published in issue 33 - October 1998

Breast cancer remains, for most women, one of the most feared and deadly diagnoses, and rightly so, in light of the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

Breast Cancer has the highest incidence figures of all cancers, afflicting more than 30,000 women annually in the UK and over the past 20 years, breast cancer incidence has increased from just over 62 to almost 100 per 100,000 women. Furthermore, survival figures make even more grim reading.

Although close to 90% of women survive one year, that figure drops dramatically to only about 60% after five years, averaged for age and stage of cancer diagnosis. When looked at according to how far the cancer has spread, the statistics are much worse. Although close to 90% of women with Stage I (localised) breast cancer survive five years, just over 20% of women with Stage IV (metastasised) breast cancer survive five years.

These are from figures published by the Office for National Statistics, yet we don't usually get to read about this in the media. Rather, we tend to be bombarded or bamboozled by sensationalist tales about the latest miracle gene or drug trial which might show some promise in the future.

In this multi-authored feature in Positive Health, we present the sobering facts about Breast Cancer, discuss conventional, complementary and futuristic treatments and describe the alarming facts about the environmental connection. Finally we present a comprehensive proposal for research which would include a whole range of treatment modalities not presently even considered by conventional medicine.

This is a prelimin to the many features articles on cancer in issue 33 of Positive Health magazine.


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About Sandra Goodman PhD

Sandra Goodman PhD, Co-founder and Editor of Positive Health, trained as a Molecular Biology scientist in Agricultural Biotechnology in Canada and the US, focusing upon health issues since the 1980s in the UK. Author of 4 books, including Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art, Vitamin C – The Master Nutrient, Germanium: The Health and Life Enhancer and numerous articles, Dr Goodman was the lead author of the Consensus Document Nutritional and LifeStyle Guidelines for People with Cancer and compiled the Cancer and Nutrition Database for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre in 1993. Dr Goodman is passionate about making available to all people, particularly those with cancer, clinical expertise in Nutrition and Complementary Therapies. Dr Goodman was recently featured as Doctor of the Fortnight in ThinkWellness360.

Dr Goodman and long-term partner Mike Howell seek individuals with vision, resources, and organization to continue and expand the Positive Health PH Online legacy beyond the first 30 years, with facilities for training, to fund alternative cancer research, and promote holistic organizations internationally. Read about Dr Goodman and purchase Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art.  She may be contacted privately for Research, Lectures and Editorial services via:   and

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