Alternatives in Breast Cancer Research

Blow up Ribbon for a fundraising event run by the National Breast Cancer Foundation

Blow up Ribbon for a fundraising event run by the National Breast Cancer Foundation Source: Nakita Ronto

NAKITA RONTO

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst women in Australia.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime and seven women die from it everyday in Australia.

There are many different treatments given to women who suffer from breast cancer.

The best method of helping to reduce the risk of developing cancer is by having regular check ups, reducing your alcohol intake, getting physically active and eating well.

Alternative treatments to help prevent the illness, is a much debated topic many people either completely agree or disagree with.

Breast cancer patient, Nyree Dilger, has been suffering from cancer for years  and says using alternative treatments such as Omega 3, has been helping with the current medication she is taking.

Ms Dilger says that she ‘absolutely believes’ in alternative treatments and that she wouldn’t be fighting it as well as she is today without them.

“I totally believe in it.”

“The surgeon is actually saying that it can actually change the drugs you’re on and make them work even better,” she said.

Spray painted grass in the shape of a ribbon at the National breast Cancer Foundations' fundraising event

Spray painted grass in the shape of a ribbon at the National breast Cancer Foundations’ fundraising event. Source: Nakita Ronto

“We’ve just found out that Omega 3 will hep the drugs that I’m on work even better than they do now so it’s pretty amazing, I’m hugely into diet and nutrition.”

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Bureau Ambassador and fundraising supporter, Robyn Cameron, has a very different view on alternative treatments.

“It’s a lot of rubbish,” Ms Cameron said.

“Did I eat cauliflower or did I not eat cauliflower, I can’t remember and if I did, it certainly wasn’t because I heard that it might decrease my chance or enable a better recovery.”

Ms Cameron is currently in remission.

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