In light of this rather grisly and unsettling display, a few questions to ponder. Are women being conned about the benefits of breast-cancer screening? Do screening mammograms save few lives? Do women who undergo "lumpectomies" often have more unnecessary, and unnecessarily disfiguring, surgery because doctors cannot agree on proper treatment.
Cadmium exposure at very low levels is linked to rapid breast cancer growth.
Studies by researchers at Dominican University of California show that breast cancer cells become increasingly aggressive the longer they are exposed to small concentrations of cadmium, a heavy metal commonly found in cosmetics, food, water and air particles.
"Unfortunately, cadmium is all around us -- it is in our food, our water, our makeup and our air.
... cadmium plays a significant role in the development of breast cancer. However, Louie's research is unique in that it focuses on prolonged exposure rather than acute exposure at the cellular level. The study indicates that chronic exposure to cadmium can contribute to the development of more malignant characteristics in breast cancer cells.
Cadmium also is found in rechargeable batteries and cigarette smoke. Cadmium enters the body through consumption of contaminated food, water or inhalation of cigarette smoke.