Updated: Oct 24
In No. 12 of the Cannabis Commerce + Chemistry Podcast, host Curt Robbins from Higher Learning LV and co-hosts John Carver from North Carolina and Dena Putnam from Leafwize Naturals in Orange County, California are joined by guest Alana Armstrong from the Alan Aldous PR and digital marketing agency in Toronto, Canada to discuss a 2021 research study pertaining to the potential efficacy of cannabis for breast cancer.
Guest Armstrong shares her views of this important cannabis for breast cancer research study and her understanding of the experience of patients suffering breast cancer and how medical cannabis may help them deal with the symptoms from both their core disease and many pharmaceutical therapies. Carver fills in for regular co-host John Bailey to discuss the topic of cannabis for breast cancer in observance of #BreastCancerAwareness Month.
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Study Summary: Cannabis for Breast Cancer
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An October 2021 peer-reviewed research study entitled "A Cannabis Survey Study of Breast Cancer Patients' Use of Cannabis Before, During, and After Treatment" that was published in the journal Cancer investigated the reasons that some breast cancer patients use cannabis and their perceived benefits from it. Is cannabis for breast cancer actually effective?
"The goal of this study was to characterize cannabis for breast cancer among patients, including their reasons for and timing of use, their sources of cannabis information and products, their satisfaction with the information found, their perceptions of its safety, and their dialogue about cannabis with their physicians," reported the study's authors.
Understanding Cannabis for Breast Cancer
According to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, "after skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States." The famous clinic explained that breast cancer "can occur in both men and women, but is far more common in women."
"Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2022, it's estimated that about 30 percent of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers."
According to Breastcancer.org, the disease "is always caused by a genetic abnormality (a 'mistake' in the genetic material)." However, the organization noted that only "5-10 percent of cancers are due to an abnormality inherited from your mother or father. Instead, 85-90 percent of breast cancers are due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and the 'wear and tear' of life in general."
Breast Cancer Statistics
Breastcancer.org publishes current statistics regarding breast cancer in the United States. These metrics include the following:
43,250 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2022 from breast cancer.
Death rates have been steady in women under 50 since 2007, but have continued to drop in women over 50.
The overall death rate from breast cancer decreased by 1 percent per year from 2013 to 2018.
For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
As of January 2022, there are more than 3.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.
In 2022, it's estimated that about 30 percent of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers.
Breast cancer became the most common cancer globally in 2021, accounting for 12 percent of all new annual cancer cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
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