This page will show you how you can prevent Breast Cancer
Did You Know?
Did you also know that breast tumors affect men also?
Women and men should examine their breasts regularly to identify lumps or abnormalities that could signal breast tumors. Women who are under 40 with either a family history of breast tumor or other concerns about their personal risk should consult a medical professional about when to begin mammography.
A clinical breast exam should be part of the routine checkup. Beginning at age 20 women should have a clinical breast exam every two to three years. Women age 40 and older should have one every year.
If you find something that you know is unusual for you, have a health care provider check it out. A LUMP YOU FIND SHOULD NEVER BE IGNORED.
Breast self checks are key to better breast health.
As you do your exam, keep in mind that your aim is to become acquainted with how your breasts normally LOOK and FEEL. Your knowledge of your breast texture and appearance will increase the more you perform breast checks. This knowledge will help you identify a change more quickly, which should be reported to your health care provider.
Some of the changes you should watch out for include:
• Lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
• Change in size or shape of the breast
• Puckering, dimpling or redness of the breast.
If you find a lump, DO NOT PANIC!
Remember, a change you see or feel in your breast does not automatically mean you have breast tumor. But it is best to report any change to your health care provider for further evaluation.
Here are the five basic steps to a breast self-exam:-
Step 1 – Standing with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips, face a mirror. Look for any differences in size, shape, color, swelling or bulging of the skin, changes in the nipple, or any signs of redness or rash.
Step 2 – Raise your arms, and examine your breasts for any of those differences.
Step 3 – Gently squeeze each nipple to check for any discharge.
Step 4 – Lie down, and feel each breast with the hand of the opposite arm. Feel all the tissue, applying pressure to check deep tissue for any lumps or abnormalities.
Step 5 – Examine the breasts while you are standing or sitting, gently examining the entire breast. You may want to try this method in the shower, while the skin is slippery.
WHEN TO SEE A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER ABOUT A BREAST PROBLEM
Knowing your body and your breasts will help you know when you’re experiencing something that is abnormal for you. For most women, their breasts change in size during menstruation, and it is normal to feel tenderness and other standard cyclical changes. Lumpiness is also very common during the menstrual stages.
When one notices a lump that is different in size, consistency and is persistent a health care provider should evaluate it. Post menopausal women should see a health care provider right away. Additionally, if one notices any changes in; the nipple or breast texture, or if there’s prolonged itching or swollen underarm lymph nodes, a health care provider should be consulted immediately.
Remember breast cancer is curable when detected early.
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Food that prevent breast cancer
The king of all hot drinks, green tea contains a lot of antioxidants. It is believed that it reduces the risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers from several U.S. universities have found that green tea acts on the cellular protein actin, which is involved in chemical changes at the early stages of cancer.
Carrots reduce the risk of developing breast cancer due to the content of a special natural pesticide. It’s recommended to eat one carrot a day.
It’s proved that regular consumption of apples reduces the risk of cancer, and in New Zealand there’s a new variety of apples which is particularly effective in cancer prevention. Growth of cancer cells prevents a chemical called anthocyanin. Each apple contains as much antioxidants as 3 pills ofvitamin C (500 mg). And the taste of apples is much better than of pills.
Widely known for its beneficial properties, blueberries contain a natural antioxidant pterostilben, which prevents the occurrence of cancer, as well as other substances that destroy cancer cells. Pterostilben slows the growth of dangerous cells and blocks certain genes that are responsible for it. This substance can’t cure cancer, but it is indispensable for prevention, so that a cup of blueberries a day will be very beneficial for your health.
Onions contain a lot of flavonoids – antioxidants that destroy harmful free radicals.
It is believed that cabbage reduces the risk of colorectal cancer and breast cancer. According to a study published in the journal Gut, cabbage contains folate. Even a small amount of this substance prevents the development of breast cancer.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene – an antioxidant that reduces the risk of breast cancer, as well as lung, bladder, colon and prostate cancer, as it neutralizes free radicals, which are detrimental to cells. Tomatoes also contain vitamin C.
The ideal dose is 22 mg of lycopene per day, equivalent to two teaspoons of tomato puree. Lycopene is better absorbed from canned products.
Rich in glucosinolates, which were once considered poisonous substances. Scientists now believe that they destroy the substances that cause cancer and stimulate the immune system.
Chili pepper is known not only for its taste. Capsaicin, which makes it’s taste, kills cancer cells by attacking their mitochondria. And it does not hurt healthy tissues. But there’s still no information what’s the recommended amount of chili pepper that we must eat.