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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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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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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Causes of Breast Tenderness

Causes of Breast Tenderness

Breast tenderness is certainly an issue that plagues women, but it plagues them at different times of the month than others on a typical basis. Normally, what we find is breast tenderness is worse as we approach the menstrual cycle. That period of time right before the menstrual cycle is when the breasts can be more tender, especially for women who suffer from fibrocystic changes. These are lumpy breasts that actually can become more problematic at that time. Breast tenderness also can be averted in many cases with hormonal support and also staying away from caffeine.

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