While there is no cure for breast cancer--yet, I believe treatment is more effective when it is detected early. Breast cancer has no borders; it doesn't discriminate and when I say it doesn't discriminate I mean it literally, because men can get breast cancer too. Yearly mammograms don't always detect breast cancer so it's equally important to know your body well and to perform monthly breast self-exams (BSE). Doing BSE doesn't mean it increases your chances of treatment working better. A lot of women take it more as an extra precautionary measure of detecting breast cancer sooner and it makes complete sense. These are common symptoms, but it's not concrete until you check it with your doctor. Breast Cancer Symptoms - Lump in the breast. Not all lumps are cancerous. Benign tumors are non-cancerous and they don't spread. Malignant tumors are cancerous and can spread to other parts of the body. It's normal for breasts to feel lumpy because of the tissues so don't be alarmed. … [Read more...]
Breast Cancer: Live Well. Be Aware. Be Educated.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every month should be an awareness month because every woman should do breast self-exams monthly (BSE). If you're still menstruating, then a few days after would be ideal and if you're postmenopausal then pick the first or last day of the month so you're less likely to forget. Breast cancer awareness means different things to different people. I think of it as living well, being aware, and being educated. Live Well It all starts with how you treat and care for your body physically and emotionally. The saying, "you are what you eat" is almost true. High fat content foods, processed foods and sugar will most likely produce a rotund figure. Control your weight and starting making healthier food choices. This includes: - More fresh fruits and vegetables - Eat fewer high fat foods and sugar - Limit alcohol intake - Don't smoke - Take a multivitamin - Take vitamin D and calcium - Eat lean meats and make the portions smaller - Whole … [Read more...]
Avoiding Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer begins when malignant cells develop in the tissue of the breast. The mere thought of breast cancer is every woman's nightmare. It is the one area, we as women, can all come together and help each other stay informed. While there is no cure...yet. There are ways that we may be able to decrease our chances of getting breast cancer. I have tried to avoid rumors and wives tails in this breast cancer prevention article....that is why you will not see the bra, antiperspirant and other UNPROVEN rumors in this article. Please note...we do not under ANY circumstances claim that these tips WILL prevent breast cancer. We are simply saying that these tips have been shown that they MAY help prevent breast cancer. Tips to Avoid and/or Catch Breast Cancer Early Early detection is key to surviving breast cancer if it is your cross to bear. So, PLEASE perform a weekly/monthly self breast exam (see directions below). Go for a yearly breast … [Read more...]