If the proliferation of pink labels and ribbons didn’t alert you, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of the month is in the title – raise global awareness of breast cancer, which affects 1 in 8 women in the United States. The movement asks women to conduct self-exams, get regular mammograms, and support breast cancer research in the search for a cure.

Once diagnosed, the treatments for breast cancer are often hard on the patient; chemotherapy, radiation, single or double mastectomies – thus the campaign to encourage women to be proactive about their own health and hopefully catch the cancer in its first stages, before the most aggressive treatments become necessary.

But instead of catching it early, could we focus on preventing it entirely? Dr. Mercola and his colleague Dr. Christine Horner think so. Dr. Horner has written a new book entitled Waking the Warrior Goddess: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against and Fight Cancer. Horner recommends prevention through the use of natural remedies and screenings – but not mammograms. Those who possess the “breast cancer genes” see their risk of breast cancer increase after any exposure to radiation – including the radiation from mammograms. Additionally, mammograms rely on compressing the breast, which is bad for the tissue, and are not effective for up to 50% of women.

Instead, Dr. Horner is a strong proponent of thermography. While a mammogram provides you with an anatomical image, a thermogram measures the infrared heat emitted by your body and transforms the data into thermal images.  It is useful for detecting areas of increased thermal activity, such as new blood flow to an area where a tumor is developing.  Thermography can detect these physiological changes 8-10 years before a mammogram can show a developing tumor, allowing patients to catch problems early and begin preventative treatment immediately.

As for preventing cancer in the first place, Horner advocates for natural remedies such as turmeric and Vitamin D, citing their known cancer-fighting properties. Additionally, women should cut down on sugar (especially processed fructose), maintain a healthy body weight, and watch out for excessive iron levels. So what do you think? Will you widen your focus to increase preventative measures as well as screenings?

To learn more about Horner’s research, read the full article at

Image Credit: University of Missouri-Kansas City