Detecting a Breast Lump

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When you detect a breast lump, you should take it seriously. Any woman who detects a breast lump should check it over with their doctor, especially if it’s a new lump. Could it be nothing? Certainly. In most cases, a breast lump is not cancer. What you have to understand is you’re trying to detect the problem early and if, in fact, it is cancer, denying it, or hiding it, or not talking about it can be a shortcut to disaster. It gives more chance for the cancer to spread throughout the body and cause issues.

 

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Fruits, Vegetables and Cancer

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Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables doesn’t help women with breast cancer and it doesn’t necessarily reduce the risk of the disease returning.  The same can be said for prostate cancer and other forms of the disease.  But a recent study found, in colorectal cancer, that a diet that relied more on these foods plus whole grains fish and chicken did reduce the recurrence.  Here’s our take on it.  We will definitely find that a diet like this helps in all cases, but it is difficult to get a clear association or correlation because diet has so many components and effects.  It also depends on the individual’s genetics.  Nevertheless, it shows how we are looking more and more at diet and its role with cancer and other conditions.  That’s the point we need to take home.  Diet plays a key role and a crucial role in how we evaluate cancer and other health issues. 

 

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Vitamin D and Breast Cancer Risk

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Boosting levels of vitamin D and calcium in post-menopausal women did not help them reduce their breast cancer risk.  This is the first real test on whether vitamin D actually causes poor health as opposed to just being a marker for poor health, and it failed.  So far, we have a few good studies to show that people with low vitamin D levels are more prone to illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, but there is no evidence yet that giving people vitamin D supplements will reduce their disease risk.  In a study of more than 36,000 post-menopausal women, those taking vitamin D and calcium supplements for seven years did not have any lower risk for breast cancer than those taking a placebo.  However, the door isn’t closed on vitamin D and breast cancer just yet.  It is possible women need to take the supplements when they’re younger to get benefits, or perhaps they’ll even need higher doses. 

 

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Detecting Breast Cancer Early

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Breast cancer affects as many as one out of eight women and it can be detected early. The best way to detect breast cancer early is through regular breast self-examinations, examinations by your doctor, and also through the mammogram. These three tools are valuable. One of the things you want to do is look if breast cancer is in your family. If there’s a family history, clearly it’s something we need to worry about. You want to pay close attention and know the risk factors.

 

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Breast Involution and Cancer Risk

Breast Involution and Cancer Risk

It is called breast involution. This is a medical term for a natural event in a woman’s life as she ages. The milk producing glands, or lobules of the breast, start to shut down. As it turns out, involution is a critical change in a woman’s body that may have a great deal to do with breast cancer. Since it’s believed that breast cancer originates in the lobules, a reduction in their size and number reduces cancer risks. The Mayo Clinic looked at this and they found that much of this really applies and is quite true.

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Foods For Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

Foods For Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

You are what you eat when it comes to breast cancer risks, and this can be very true. There are certain foods you can eat to help you in the battle with cancer. For instance, fish, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids can help. Now, you should try for two to three servings each week. Another source of protection is fruit. In fact, if fruits are bright and colorful, they’re probably better for you. Now, strawberries and raspberries are helpful and don’t forget your vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are all cancer fighters. It’s best to eat them slightly steamed and you should shoot for five servings a week. Again, this is very important information because what we’re starting to realize is, not only can healthy food help you with your heart, but it’s been shown to help fight in breast cancer, prostate cancer and a wide variety of problems.

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Breast Cancer Facts and Figures

Breast Cancer Facts and Figures

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States. Now, to give you an idea of the toll it takes, in 2000, there were 182,000 new cases and over 40,000 deaths. Breast cancer affects one out of eight women but there is good news. With improvements in early detection and treatment, there is a cure rate of over 50%. Physicians are often asked, ‘Who is at greater risk for breast cancer?’ The biggest risk factor is family history. Did someone in the family have it? Also, if you’ve had breast cancer before, there’s an increased risk of getting it in the other breast.

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