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Breast cancer awareness month:Healthy makes it easy to assess breast cancer risk with new, simple urine test Published 10/6/2003

Healthy, Inc. makes it easy to help women assess their risk for breast cancer with a simple, new urine test. In support of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Healthy has renewed its commitment to breast cancer awareness with this simple urine test, known as "The Healthy Estrogen Test."

While genetic screening identifies 5 percent of all breast cancer cases, 95 percent of women who will go on to develop breast cancer, will have no genetic risk factors.

The Healthy Estrogen Test holds tremendous promise to help identify the other 95 percent of women at risk for cancer.

The Healthy Estrogen Test measures two important types of estrogen to create an estrogen metabolism ratio, known as the 2/16 ratio. The 2/16 ratio has been studied for several years in both case-control and prospective clinical research studies to help identify women at risk for breast cancer.

A ratio below 2.0 is associated with an increase in risk. Recent innovations in laboratory technology have made it possible to take The Healthy Estrogen Test from the research setting into the public domain.

The Healthy Estrogen Test aids in the determination of how estrogen is metabolized. Specific estrogen metabolites are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer, while other estrogen metabolites have been correlated with a decreased risk.

The ratio of these distinct metabolites, the 2/16 ratio, provides women with objective laboratory data regarding their risk for breast cancer. Estrogen metabolism, not simply exposure over a lifetime, now appears to be the critical factor in promotion of breast cancer.

Essentially, the kind of estrogen a woman has is more important than the amount of estrogen. Fortunately, estrogen metabolism is highly modifiable with simple dietary and nutritional interventions, as evidenced by over 25 published clinical studies.

Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Healthy, Dr. Bradley Bongiovanni, predicts "the determination of risk for estrogen-sensitive diseases like breast cancer with a simple urine test will become what cholesterol testing is doing for reduction in heart disease.

"Estrogen metabolism testing will allow for earliest possible detection of high-risk women as well as a safe means to modify that risk. This is true preventive medicine."

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