Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF BREAST CANCER
Breast cancer is a complex and devastating
disease and the most frequently diagnosed cancer in American women.
Breast cancer may occur in men as well as women, but is much more
common in women. Annual rates for breast cancer are currently
an estimated 182,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States accounting
for an estimated 46,000 deaths per year. Breast cancer not only
has very serious medical consequences, but also has a major psychological
and social impact women with this illness.
Although in most cases the cause of breast cancer
is unknown, breast cancer incidence rates appear to be linked to the
conditions of life for modern women. Risk factors associated with
breast cancer include heredity, increasing age; early onset of menstruation;
late menopause; never having had children or having a first child after
age 30; and high-fat diet.
Standard medical treatment for breast cancer usually
involves complete or partial removal of the breast followed by local
radiation and chemotherapy or hormone-blocking therapy. Social
support is often helpful and can be obtained by joining a support group
where members share common experiences and problems.
Treatment outcome is related to the progression
of the disease. Early intervention in cases where the cancer has
not spread provide the best outcomes with a five-year survival rate
of about 85%. For patients with extensive spread of the cancer
the five-year survival rate is about 10%. Thus, early detection
and intervention are emphasized. Even with aggressive and appropriate
treatments, breast cancer often metastasizes to distant sites such as
the lungs, liver, and bones.
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE OF CANCER
Edgar Cayce gave many readings for persons suffering
from a wide variety of cancerous conditions. Here are some of the key
points to consider with regard to Edgar Cayce's perspective of cancer.
- CANCER IS AN ENTITY UNTO ITSELF. In most cases, cancer
is a group of cells or tissues which separates ("segregates") itself
and forms its own entity within the larger system of the body.
In a sense, cancer has its own separate identity like a parasite which
infests a host organism.
- CANCER REPRESENTS A FAILURE OF NATURAL PROCESSES.
Edgar Cayce observed that the same processes which result in cancer
are present in the body all the time. Cancer usually results
from the failure of natural processes such as coagulation and elimination
- CANCER DRAWS FROM THE VITALITY OF THE BODY. Cancer
uses the body's life-force energy to survive. Like any parasite,
cancer is a drain upon the resources of the host organism.
- CANCER HAS MANY CAUSES. There are many etiological
(causative) factors associated with cancer. Heredity, environmental
toxicity, poor eliminations, injury, lack of vitality, and depleted
immune system were the most often cited factors linked to cancer.
Specifically, chronic irritation or bruising were often said to be
triggering factors producing tumors which could become malignant.
- THERE ARE MANY FORMS OF CANCER. Edgar Cayce recognized
the various kinds of cancer. On two occasions he stated
that there are nineteen forms of cancer.
- CANCER CAN OFTEN BE PREVENTED. According to Edgar
Cayce, keeping a healthy diet and good eliminations can help prevent
cancer. Specific therapies such as iodex and ash ointment and
plantain salve were recommended by Cayce to prevent lumps and tumors
from becoming malignant. Gentle osteopathic treatment was also
often prescribed to set up "drainages" and improve eliminations thus
decreasing the chances for cancer.
- EARLY TREATMENT RESULTS IN BETTER PROGNOSIS. In agreement
with modern medicine's view of cancer treatment, Edgar Cayce noted
that early intervention produces better therapeutic results.
- CANCER INVOLVES MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL ASPECTS. Edgar
Cayce's holistic approach to health and healing is notable in the
readings he gave for person's suffering from cancer. The mental
and spiritual aspects of prevention and treatment were strongly emphasized.
Cayce also stated that excessive worry and negative attitudes can
make a person with a genetic predisposition for cancer more vulnerable
to developing the illness.
- CANCER IS SOMETIMES A KARMIC PATTERN. Consistent with
the perennial philosophy which acknowledges the continuity of consciousness,
Edgar Cayce observed that in some cases cancer can result from past
- THE TREATMENT OF CANCER INVOLVES MANY MODALITIES.
Edgar Cayce recommended a wide variety of therapeutic modalities for
the treatment of cancer. Treatments directed at decreasing toxicity
and increasing vitality were emphasized. On the whole, natural
therapies that worked with the body to heal itself were given priority.
- EDGAR CAYCE SOMETIMES RECOMMENDED SURGERY AND RADIATION.
In certain cases where the cancer was progressive and extreme, surgery
and/or radiation therapy were recommended. Modern chemotherapy
techniques were not available during Edgar Cayce's era.
- SOME CASES OF CANCER WERE REGARDED AS INCURABLE. Although
Edgar Cayce was generally optimistic with regard to the body's innate
ability to heal itself from almost any illness, in some cases of cancer
the disease was too advanced to expect a physical cure. In such
instances, Cayce would recommend therapies to decrease the pain and
suffering while emphasizing the mental/spiritual (soul) aspects of
EDGAR CAYCE'S APPROACH TO BREAST CANCER
Edgar Cayce gave approximately 68 readings for 12
women suffering from breast cancer. In addition to this core group
of breast cancer readings, a number of readings were also given for
women who were experiencing breast problems such as nonmalignant tumors
and soreness. The latter group of readings contain some excellent
insights into the causes and prevention of breast cancer.
Tabor's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary states that
cancer "may be caused by various forms of chronic irritation."
This view is entirely consistent with Edgar Cayce's perspective, particularly
with regard to breast cancer. In numerous readings Edgar Cayce
stated that various forms of chronic irritation were the source of breast
Poor eliminations were the most frequently cited
causative factor noted in the readings on breast cancer. The mammary
glands become "clogged" allowing waste material to accumulate.
Thus chronic toxicity leads to constant irritation. Further irritation
by injury (e.g., bruising) or a general lapse in the vitality of the
system may further predispose the body to cancer.
"Prenatal" factors were mentioned in several readings.
Presumably, this would include hereditary predisposition. In such
cases, mental worry and stress were sometimes said to contribute to
the vulnerability to develop cancer.
Here is an example of a woman who was having problems
with her breasts. While describing the pathological process and
acknowledging the possibility that the condition could lead to cancer,
Edgar Cayce encouraged preventative measures to improve eliminations
and decrease irritation to the breasts.
(Q) What causes drawing in breast? [Incipient cancer
(A) This produced by accentuation of properties not eliminated
properly from the system, and these having become the center, or the
centralization of impurities, this acting as a reservoir, producing
a hardening (no, not of a malignant nature, but that of rather the reservoir),
and unless proper eliminations are kept in system and should this become
bruised, or should the system become so depleted as to produce an extra
AMOUNT of refuse forces not being eliminated in nominal channels, or
this to become over exacting, as it were, in its call on the system,
and acting not so much AS the reservoir - it might become to grow, and
become a growth that would be detrimental. Could be turned into
that of malignant nature, but not at present. NOT to be removed!
Use rather that of the gentle massage around and across the muscle and
tissue that lead to the glands of the breast, from the intercostal,
exterior and interior nerve centers, those as come from 5th, 6th dorsal,
coming around each side of the body and about the breast itself, with
those properties found in Iodex one evening; then the next evening use
a combination of oil of butterfat with that of plantain, mixed one to
The recommendation for gentle, natural therapies
is a hallmark of the Cayce approach. However, this woman did eventually
develop breast cancer which was treated by a full range of medical therapies
including radiation therapy.
Here is another example of Cayce's approach to breast
cancer. Note the reference to "prenatal" (hereditary) factors
which is documented by a family history of cancer.
Yes, we have the body here. This we have
had before. Conditions are not so well with the body as when we
last had same here. Those conditions as are prenatal in their
effect, through the activity of forces made manifest in a physical body,
are beginning to become in the manner of producing within the system
an element as of its OWN resuscitation, living upon the life OF the
body-physical. That's a very good description of cancer, isn't
it? for it IS malignant in its nature, and has already attacked
the mammary glands, and is going to be rather fast in its operation
unless there are means taken as to check same. (2457-4)
This woman was 38 years old when this reading was
given. She followed the treatment recommended in her readings
and was cured of her cancer. She lived for another 36 years, dying
in in her sleep at the age of 74.
EDGAR CAYCE'S THERAPEUTIC APPROACH
Although Edgar Cayce gave unique readings for each
individual rather than for disease categories, when viewed as a whole,
certain important patterns of treatment are obvious. The most
common recommendations for the treatment of breast cancer appear to
- Improve eliminations and decrease toxicity via strict diet, manual
therapy (spinal manipulation), and hydrotherapy (castor oil packs
and colon therapy);
- Utilize ultra-violet light therapy and animated ash to assist the
system in fighting the cancer;
- Provide specific treatment to breasts as needed (topical salves
- Increase vitality with beef juice and manual therapy;
- Create constructive attitudes and emotions by working with the
- Consult with your physician regarding the role of surgery.
Make an informed decision as to whether this is a reasonable option
Keep in mind that the Edgar Cayce approach is complementary
to the conventional medical approach. This means that it can be used in
addition to other forms of treatment. This approach does not
require you to stop other forms of treatment. Work closely with
your physician in developing a treatment plan that is best for you.
Note: The above information is
not intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. Please consult
a qualified health care professional for assistance in applying the information
contained in the Cayce Health Database.