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02.12.15

Lani Luthard, advocate for prevention, dies at age 51

Lani Luthard, mother, wife, daughter, and strong advocate of breast cancer prevention, died on Thurs., Feb. 5 in San Jose, Calif. She was 51. After she was diagnosed at 40 with breast cancer, Lani was told by Stanford doctors that she only had a couple of years to live. She sought to change her life to ... Read more...

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Sue Fenzl

I am a family physician who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41 (I found the lump myself). I was shocked because I am healthy, athletic and breast fed both my babies. I had already started making changes toward more organic food choices and less toxic cleaning products, and I have no family history of breast cancer.

I was naive about the everyday products I was using - personal care products, household cleaners, the plastics, non-stick bakeware, lawn products, and things like VOC's, off-gassing, and BPA... and the list goes on. I have made many changes as a result of being more informed, looking for healthier, non-toxic solutions for everything.

I am finding that friends and patients are in various states of "readiness" to accept that there is a problem with our environment, as it relates to our health, including cancer risk. Generally, people have blind faith that we wouldn't be sold products that could harm us - "they're tested, right?” I will continue to become more informed myself and share my knowledge, encourage others to inform themselves, and act!