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If my breast cancer feed off estrogen bein a female how can i reduce it in my body?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
"anti-estrogens": Great question. Breast cancer is associated with prolonged high estrogen levels (early menarche, late menopause, children later in life, estrogen replacement rx), not caused, meaning it's not a simple relationship. If you are trying to prevent breast cancer, a low-fat diet is advisable, which may keep estrogen levels down. For ca rx, anti-estrogens such as tamoxifen may counteract the estrogen.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Anti-hormone drugs: If you have been diagnosed with hormone-receptor positive breast cancer, you should be on a medication to either block estrogen (tamoxifen) or, if you are post-menopausal, to decrease the level of estrogen in your body (letrozole, anastrazole, or exemestane). You can lose weight if you are obese, which will also decrease the estrogen in your body. However, anti-estrogen drugs are very important!
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Avoid estrogens: I agree with the other docs: you should be taking anti-estrogens. But it also helps to avoid xenoestrogens, which come in many forms. Phytoestrogens are in soy and other plant foods; hormone-treated dairy products contain estrogens, and "female" supplements like evening primrose oil are potent sources. Bpas from plastics mimic estrogen in the body; get a metal water bottle!

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