Your Life in Your Hands : Understanding, Preventing and Overcoming Breast
Cancer by Jane A. Plant
List Price: $23.95
Hardcover - 272 pages (December 13, 2000) St Martins Pr (Trade); ISBN:
"I didn't choose to study breast cancer--it chose me," writes Jane A.
Plant, Ph.D., chief scientist of the British Geological Survey. Plant knows
firsthand the terrifying experience of battling breast cancer that grew
progressively worse five times and spread to her lymph system. She also
knows the exhilaration and empowerment of defeating it.
Your Life Is in Your Hands is a detailed account of both Plant's personal
story and her tenacious hunt for controllable risk factors for breast
Her conclusion: dairy-product consumption is a risk factor for
breast cancer (and perhaps prostate cancer), as smoking is for lung cancer.
"Cow's milk is a perfect food for a rapidly growing baby calf," she writes,
but "cow's milk isn't intended by nature for consumption by any species
other than baby cows." Plant presents a lifestyle program to reduce your
risk of cancer, including dietary, stress-reduction, and environmental
Plant aims Your Life Is in Your Hands at a wide audience: women who want to
avoid breast cancer, women with active cancer, and health professionals who
want to help patients with the assistance of Plant's interpretation of a
body of scientific evidence.
Despite the amount of detail, Plant writes
clearly, even informally, for the layperson. (She refers to her prosthesis
as her "false boob.") If you feel you have to skim over the long
explanations of her medical treatments, for example, you find a list of
tips at the end.
Plant's ideas are controversial, but her scientific reputation is
indisputable. She was awarded the Lord Lloyd of Kilgerran Prize, Britain's
most prestigious science honor, in 1999. --Joan Price
T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.--Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Nutritional
Biochemistry at Cornell University; Project Director of the
China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project; Joint Chairman of the
American Institute For Cancer Research's Diet and Cancer Project;
Co-chairman of the World Cancer Research Fund "...a compelling and very
personal story on breast cancer that is a must read, not only for women
interested in this disease but also for the scientific and medical
communities who should sit up and take notice."
Amazon.co.uk Review, 8/01
Int'l J of Cancer, 8/01
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