In 2017, around 252,710 new diagnoses of breast cancer were expected in women, and around 40,610 women are likely to die from the disease. After the initial treatment, the question many, if not most, patients have is: what are the chances my cancer will return?
There are chances that breast cancer will return within the first 18 months after a lumpectomy or mastectomy. According to this article here, some studies suggest that our body’s immune system tends to focus on healing the surgical scar that it “forgets” about the cancer cells that still remain and have wandered far from the tumor site.
Therefore, UNLESS you start changing your lifestyle and taking anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting supplements, your cancer is prone to recur and spread. Seaweed-based products are good additions to your daily dietary supplements (if you are not allergic to seaweed or seafood in general) because seaweed is packed with iodine which regulates hormones in your body. Fucoidan, extracted from brown algae/seaweed, does not only possess this property, it also has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. One of the best Fucoidan products on the market is NatureMedic® Fucoidan powered with AHCC, which you can find here or on Amazon. There are many Fucoidan products out there, so be sure to check the amount, purity and safety of Fucoidan (three of the most important factors) before purchasing.
Doing chemo/radiotherapy after surgery, starting hormonal therapy treatment, along with taking initiatives on lifestyle changes, and adding more immune-boosting supplements like Fucoidan are some of the steps you can take to keep the risk of the cancer coming back as low as it can be.