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Chocolate Can Help The Girls


My journey through Ace Your Health – the Four of Spades

Finally, a chapter than answers my greatest need – chocolate. When I stuck on a rewrite, I reach for chocolate. When I am dealing with writer’s block, I go for a walk; to the chocolate store. And when life gets to be too much and I need some “Heather time”, I drink hot cocoa and let the world revolve around me.

Ladies, rejoice. Chocolate is our friend and our helper. It may help with tension, stress and creativity – but it also helps with cancer. Breast cancer that is. And since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, now is the time to raise this important chocolate issue.

Look it, before we get much further into this post, I am not talking about the cheapo stuff you buy at the corner store, I am referring to the good stuff. The dark stuff. The chocolate that is at least 70% pure cocoa stuff.

My life has recently been rocked by breast cancer. To the best of my knowledge, I do not have it, but someone I love very much has been diagnosed and within hours of my writing this, will undergo surgery to remove the tumor. So it is safe to say I have learned a lot about breast cancer, in a very short period of time.

I know the risk smoking, genes, and lack of exercise pose with breast cancer. I know about stages and about treatments. I also know there are some foods that are good for you. As I read, I learn more and more. Just today I was reading “Brenda’s Blog” on the Breast Cancer Sisterhood website. While there I learned that according to Sally Scroggs, MS, RD, LD at the University of Texas MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center, “compounds found in chocolate act as antioxidants and have been shown to help combat cell damage that can lead to tumor growth. One of the most concentrated natural sources of these antioxidants is found in the cacao bean—the basis for all chocolate.”

How wonderful is that? Not the cancer, the fact that chocolate is not the enemy. It can be a helper? Eat it in moderation of course! Too much is not a good thing…

Here is some more info on breast cancer – taken from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundations Website:

Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer among Canadian women; in fact one in nine (11%) Canadian women are expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime (this means by age 90).

  • In 2010, an estimated 23,200 women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, an increase of (500) from 2009. On average, 445 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every week.
  • Estimated number of new cases of breast cancer in females by age:
    • 6,600 breast cancer cases diagnosed in women 70+
    • 5, 800 breast cancer cases diagnosed in women 60-69
    • 6,200 breast cancer cases diagnosed in women 50-59
    • 3, 500 breast cancer cases diagnosed in women 40-49
    • 950 breast cancer cases diagnosed in women under the age of 40

Ladies, trust me, I am not making light of breast cancer. I am trying to tell you – take care of yourself. According to the Canadian Cancer Society – 50% of cancers can be preventable through lifestyle. DO IT. Eat well. Exercise. And get yourself checked. My loved one does yearly mammograms and as such the cancer was caught at an early stage. Her outlook is good.

Look after your girls.



Heather Lochner is a mother to two wonderful and energetic children and a freelance writer. Together with her children, husband and dog, she has recently relocated to Toronto after spending 15 years on the West Coast – many of which were spent living aboard her sailboat. Heather loves to exercise but always finds a reason to sit on the couch. While she knows carrots, whole wheat pasta and lean meat are good to eat, Heather loves to munch on a burger, chicken wings and poutine. Heather loves to cook, but is notorious for ruining every batch of chocolate chip cookies. She looks forward to seeing what’s in the cards during this Ace


One Response

    October 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm Reply

    As a breast cancer survivor and chocoholic I can tell you that it didn’t work for me. That being said it still tastes good!

    If only life were this easy that something as simple as good old chocolate would prevent a cancer.

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