E! News host Giuliana Rancic, married to The Apprentice winner Bill Rancic, announced October 17 that at the age of 36 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
People reported Rancic underwent a double lumpectomy on October 18. Surgeons also removed potentially cancerous lymph nodes.
Rancic will begin radiation treatment in six weeks. Thankfully her prognosis is good because her cancer was caught early.
While the cause of Rancic’s breast cancer cannot be ascertained, her reproductive history was sure to have played a part.
My goal by writing this post is not to condemn Rancic. It is to encourage her to research breast cancer and to use her experience and platform to educate women.
At present, the Rancics are focusing on the wrong message: diagnosis, not prevention…
Bill said during that interview, “And that’s the main message I think, you have to get at this thing sooner rather than later.”
No, that should not be the main message. The main message should be to educate how to avoid breast cancer altogether. But Giuliana concurred:
I have so many young female viewers who watch me and I want to help them. I have an amazing platform to really help people so that’s why it was really important for me share this story.
I think we’ve done such a good job of raising awareness for breast cancer, but then you have to take awareness and turn it into action. The action for women is just make that appointment with your doctor, make sure you’re going to your yearly appointment, figure out how to give yourself a self exam.
Again, diagnosing breast cancer is certainly important, but more important is preventing it.
A study published just this month for the United Nations reported that “[b]etween 1980 and 2010, the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer increased more than two and a half times.”
Furthermore, Cancer Research UKreported last year that “breast cancer rates in women aged between 30 and 49 have jumped by 15% in the space of one generation,” and “[w]hat’s even worse is that in young women, breast tumour cells are often more vigorous – faster growing and more aggressive – and harder to defeat.
What is the cause of this terrible phenomenon?
While there are many factors, one key factor is delayed childbearing. Did Giuliana know that putting her career before marriage and children would likely play a part in her contracting breast cancer? Quoting the Susan G. Komen site:
Women who have their first child at later ages are at increased risk of breast cancer compared to women who have their first child at younger ages. For example, women who give birth for the first time after age 35 are 40% more likely to get breast cancer than women who have their first child before age 20.
As The Daily Mail bluntly put it:
And while the causes of breast cancer may seem many and varied, what is becoming clear is that women’s 21st century lifestyle could be to blame….
“I had to understand why so many women were dying of the disease,’ says Prof [Dame Valerie] Beral. ‘We now know the main reason is childbirth – or lack of it.”
Moreover, she says breast cancer is nearly 10 times more likely to strike Western women than those from poorer nations.
“The difference is that in the West we don’t have as many children and we don’t have them so early. Nor do we breast-feed as much. These things are proven to cut breast cancer rates.”
Giuliana compounded her risk of breast cancer if she used hormonal contraceptivesto delay childbearing. Did her doctor tell her?
Has Giuliana had an abortion? That, too, increases the risk of breast cancer. One reason is it, too, delays childbearing.
Finally, compounding her risks, Giuliana underwent two rounds of fertility treatments and in vitro fertilization. She was preparing for her third round when discovering the breast cancer.
In fact, Giuliana’s doctor specifically told her to get a mammogram before beginning the third round because, quoting People, “pregnancy hormones can cause certain cancers – such as breast or ovarian – to accelerate.”
An article insert attempts to reassure women “professionals say in vitro fertilization procedures are not likely to have caused her breast cancer,” although”IVF may affect some pre-existing cancers,” and it has not yet been “establish[ed] whether repeated IVF treatments affect a woman’s risk.”
This is feminism altering science, because it is an acknowledged fact, even by Komen, that…
Higher levels of estrogen in the blood are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Researchers are studying a possible link to breast cancer in premenopausal women as well.
Of course, fertility treatments include injections of estrogen.
Had Giuliana followed her biological clock and the natural path of life women walked before the introduction of liberal feminism, she would have remained a virgin until marrying at a much younger age and had children younger, likely avoiding infertility and breast cancer altogether.
The Rancics need to use their tragic experience to educate on these aspects of breast cancer – avoiding it – rather than discovering it.