The statistics certainly appear intimidating, but don’t let breast cancer scare you this Halloween month! A diagnosis is not a death sentence, and October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help women become pro-active in better prevention and detection of the disease.
Let’s look at some data and then at some steps you can take to fight back.

  • Breast cancer by the numbers:
  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease
  • A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes
  • One woman dies every 13 minutes from breast cancer
  • More than 250,000 women with the disease are under 40
  • Men can get breast cancer and 1 in every 1,000 men are diagnosed each year
  • There are approximately 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

For Dr. Gino Tutera, these statistics posed an incentive to research the role of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in breast cancer prevention. Dr. Tutera developed a customized form of BHRT in pellet form delivering the precise dosage of hormones that each individual needs to restore the body’s natural physiological balance.

Breast Cancer and Testosterone

In his research, he discovered the role of bio-identical testosterone pellet therapy in helping to prevent breast cancer. While still widely regarded as a predominantly male hormone, testosterone is essential for women to maintain their normal physiology. Yet this scientific fact remains largely ignored.

“Around age forty, there is an increase in fibrocystic disease of the breast,” Dr. Tutera explains. “It coincides with women losing 50 percent of their testosterone production. Testosterone therapy helps decrease over-activity of cells in the breast and if you decrease cell proliferation, you cut down on the occurrence of cystic disease.”

According to Dr. Tutera’s 10-year breast cancer study*, the restoration of normal testosterone levels for women at risk for – or suffering from – breast cancer can make a significant difference in prevention of the disease. Maintaining proper levels of testosterone offers a lifesaving alternative for breast cancer patients who see not only a higher level of survivability, but also a lower chance of recurrence.

“Breast cancer patients are uniformly subjected to the usual treatment of no hormones whatsoever, which actually shortens the life span,” says Dr. Tutera. “Through testosterone replacement with SottoPelle, we have the capability to help patients get their quality of life back.”

In addition to maintaining your hormonal balance and obtaining regular mammograms, here are some simple lifestyle approaches that can help you ward off the disease:

  1. Stay active and keep your body moving! That’s right… just 10 hours of exercise each week can lower your risk by 30 percent.
  2. Eat a healthy diet of whole foods with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  3. Drink less alcohol and fill up on more water. According to several recent studies, limiting alcohol consumption reduces a woman’s risk of developing the disease.
  4. Conduct monthly breast self-examinations. This represents one of the simplest and easiest preventative steps you can take.
  5. Maintain a healthy weight – New research suggests that larger skirt sizes go hand in hand with greater risks for developing breast cancer.

Approximately 3 million breast cancer survivors are living proof that this disease can be beaten. More than 98 percent of cases survive due to early detection. There is hope!

Gino Tutera, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a board-certified OB/GYN who has practiced medicine “combining good science and common sense” for 40 years. Recognized internationally as a respected authority in the field of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Tutera pioneered SottoPelle® in 2002 with the development of precisely dosed hormone pellets customized for each individual patient. His subcutaneous method has liberated thousands of people from their debilitating symptoms and restored them back to good health.

For the past two decades, he has conducted seminars on his safe and scientifically proven approach while training hundreds of physicians throughout the world. He has authored three books on the subject: You Don’t Have to Live with It! Life Regained: The Real Solution to Managing Menopause and Andropause, and You Don’t Have to Live with It! The Science of SottoPelle®.

Dr. Tutera continues to present his groundbreaking research to medical symposiums in the U.S. and abroad, attracting global media attention as an innovative leader on the vital role of subcutaneous bio-identical hormones in human health, anti-aging and disease prevention.

* Breast Cancer Study

G. Tutera1, D. Gambrell Jr.2. 1SottoPelle, Scottsdale, United States;
2Reproductive Endocrinologists, PC, Augusta, United States

Objectives: A study was conducted to evaluate the incidence of breast,
endometrial and ovarian cancer in users of bio-identical estradiol and
testosterone subcutaneous pellets.
Methods: 976 patients were followed in a ten-year period. The patients
received subcutaneous pellets every four to six months.
Results: Only one case of breast cancer and one case of endometrial cancer
developed in this ten-year period. There were no cases of ovarian cancer.
Conclusions: Subcutaneous estradiol and testosterone pellets do not increase
the risk of development of any of these cancers and, in fact, may be
Keywords: Cancer, breast cancer, subcutaneous pellets, bio-identical estradiol and
8th European Congress on Menopause (EMAS) / Maturitas 63, Supplement 1 (2009) S1–S136