I have been diagnosed as having fibroadenomas of the breast.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have been diagnosed as having fibroadenomas of the breast. While I have been told this makes me 2x more likely to develop breast cancer, I want to avoid biopsies and surgeries as long as I can. Do you have any recommendations?” — Pat C., New York, NY
A. Dear Pat, A diagnosis of fibroadenoma can be scary. But, the term fibroadenoma simply refers to an overgrowth of fibrous and glandular breast tissue. It’s usually distinguished by its mobility - when you press on it, it might feel like it’s slipping out from under your fingers and moving around. Also, a fibroadenoma, unlike a cancerous tumor, may change in sync with your period, and may be tender or painful.
Fibroadenomas are most common in women between the ages of 15 and 30, and in pregnant women. In fact, fibroadenomas are the most common type of breast mass in women under the age of 30. About 10% of the general population of women will experience a fibroadenoma at some time during their lives; for African-American women, the risk is about 20%.
I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think about the following recommendations.
I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin once daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.
You should also consider adding pomegranate to your daily regimen. Everything about the pomegranate is good for you. The bitter-tasting skin has excellent anti-inflammatory power. The seeds contain oils and fatty acids that moderate hormone activity, which is crucial for supporting breast health in women. When choosing a formula, look for one that features both a strong pomegranate seed extract and seed oil. This special combination provides the amazing power of pomegranate, without the sugar, calories, or mess of drinking the juice or eating the fruit. I recommend taking 600-1,200 mg of this special combination daily.
Supplemental iodine has also been found to improve symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease. In fact, in one study, 98% of women receiving iodine treatment were pain-free by the study’s end, and 72% had improvements in breast tissue. I recommend using a blend of 3 kinds of iodine: potassium iodide, molecular iodine, and sodium iodide. I like combining 3 forms because they are utilized more diversely in the body. Additionally, molecular iodine is the preferred form for the breast, so it is important that any blend contain this form. I recommend taking 12.5 mg of this special blend 1-2 times daily.
Terry . . . Naturally