Recent studies have identified a superstar of breast cancer prevention – vitamin D

Women with higher levels of vitamin D have a reduced cancer risk of 50% or more for most cancers including breast. Vitamin D protects against cancer by helping the body regain control over genes that regulate cellular proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis (death of defective cells). These three types of processes: proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis are key factors in the development of cancer. Without a sufficient level of vitamin D the expression of the genes that regulate these processes become defective and cancer can develop.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of vitamin D

Many studies demonstrate that women with higher levels of vitamin D have significantly lower rates of breast cancer.  In 2007, a large, double blind, placebo-controlled study showed after four years of vitamin D supplementation with calcium, a 60% decrease in all cancers was attained, compared to the placebo group.  On further analysis of the data, eliminating those diagnosed in the first year of the study (since they already had the cancer before taking vitamin D), the reductions were 77%.  These are absolutely astounding numbers!

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because our skin converts sunlight to vitamin D.  If you regularly sunbathe or use a tanning bed you may have enough vitamin D.  If not the only way to get an adequate amount is to take vitamin D supplements.  And the only way to know if you’re taking enough vitamin D is to be tested.  The blood test for vitamin D is 25, hydroxyl vitamin D.  An optimal level is 60 to 80.  Getting to those levels is likely to take 5,000 to 10,000 IU’s a day.  Some of us, me included, don’t absorb vitamin D well and need a special form called sublingual vitaminD3.  My favorite comes from Superior Source and can be found in nearly any health food store.  Bottom line, supplement with vitamin D and get your levels checked at least once a year.

Stay tuned for the next prevention tip!

Re-opening Safety Protocol Procedures Effective 9/17/2020

In an attempt to practice social distancing we will be limiting the number of patients in our waiting room at one time. Please arrive on time and without additional family members or friends. Our new schedule will be every 45 minutes giving us 30 mins for the exam and 15 minutes to clean up after patient leaves the office.

 

We are only seeing patients on days and times where the other doctors are out of the office.

 

If you are not feeling well the day of your appointment please stay home and do not come in. Call 714-363-5595 to cancel and reschedule your appointment. During this time we will not be charging for same day cancellations as long as you let us know in advance.

 

Prior to Appointment:

  1. Log on to our website at www.ocbreastwellness.com and access our appointment software by clicking SCHEDULE NOW to make sure your credit card information is updated properly in the system. We will not be handling credit cards or cash during your visit. IF you are unable to do this in advance we will have you read your credit card information to us rather than take your card to scan.
  2. Ask Questions prior to your appointment; there will be “minimal talking” during the exam(s). Call in advance if you have concerns or questions.

Upon Arrival:

 

  1. Come up to the door but do not come in until previous patient has left. A chair will be outside for your convenience.
  2. We will email you via DOCUSIGN your paperwork the day before your appointment.
  3. Bring only yourself, your keys, your cell phone & your credit card into the office. No purses, books, drinks or any other items will be allowed in the office.
  4. Please wear your mask into the office and keep it on at all times during the visit (completely covering your nose and mouth). If you don’t have one we will provide one for you.
  5. We will assess your temperature upon arrival. If your respiration is below 94 you will be sent home.

During Exam:

  1. The examiner will have the proper mask, safety goggles and gloves for protection.
  2. Remember limit talking during the breast exam. We will review your results post exam.
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