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Let’s Start Screening For Breast Health

In the United States, American women are told to begin annual mammographic screening for breast cancer at the age of 40. Long before we’ve reached this age, we are advised to perform a monthly breast exam and see our doctors for a clinical breast exam (CBE) annually as well. However, the detection rate of breast cancer for CBE is only 47% when the tumors are less than 1 centimeter while mammography has given us a 70% detection rate. By the time a tumor is detected by palpation or found mammographically, it has already been growing and developing for 8-10 years.

Mammography has a high false positive rate. Only 1:6 biopsies are found to be positive for cancer when performed due to a positive mammogram or CBE. This places additional stressors on women who undergo these procedures.

Other risks of mammography include the radiation that each breast is exposed to during a mammogram. During a chest X-ray, a person receives 1/1000 of a RAD, or radiation absorbed dose. This type of X-ray is a high energy X-ray. During a mammogram, however, the X-ray used is a low energy X-ray and results in 1 RAD or a 1000-fold greater exposure than a simple chest X-ray. It has been suggested that the low energy X-ray used may cause greater biological damage which is cumulative over time. In a journal entitled Radiation Research and published in 2004, the author concludes that the risks associated with mammography screening may be FIVE times higher than previously assumed and the risk-benefit relationship of mammography exposures need to be re-examined.

In 1982, the FDA approved thermography as an adjunctive tool for breast cancer screening. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging, also known as DITI measures heat emitted from the body and is accurate to 1/100th of a degree. Certified Clinical Thermographers follow strict guidelines and transmit their scans for interpretation by board certified thermologists. DITI examines physiology, NOT structure. It is in this capacity that DITI can monitor breast HEALTH over time and alert a patient or physician to a developing problem; possibly before a lump can be seen on X-ray or palpated clinically. There are no test limitations such as breast density. Women with cosmetic implants are great candidates for thermography which emits no radiation and no compression. Contact is never made during a thermographic scan.

Clinical research studies continue to support thermography’s role as an adjunctive tool in breast cancer screening and the ONLY tool that measures breast health. There are now more than 800 publications on over 300,000 women in clinical trials. A recent finding published in the American Journal of Radiology in 2003 showed that thermography has 99% sensitivity in identifying breast cancer with single examinations and limited views. Scientists concluded that a negative thermogram is powerful evidence that cancer is not present.

In conclusion, women need to begin breast health screening early; as young as age 25. This can provide women with the earliest possible indication that further investigation is necessary. It takes approximately 15 years for a breast cancer to form and lead to death. If “early detection is the best prevention,” let’s start using technology that truly allows for the earliest possible alert to a developing problem.

Thermographic screening is not covered by most insurance companies but is surprisingly affordable for most people. For more information or to find a certified clinic in your area, go to www.proactivehealthonline.com [http://www.proactivehealthonline.com].

Breast Cancer in Women With Type 2 Diabetes – Iodine and Breast Health!

As you know, breast cancer is considered to be epidemic among women over fifty whether or not they have Type 2 diabetes. It’s still not clear whether hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases your risk of breast cancer but there is actually more consensus in the medical research community over this issue than many others. That could be because the incidence of breast cancer in Western countries dramatically rises anyway after menopause… whether you are on HRT or not.

Scientists have found a clear connection between Type 2 diabetes and estrogen-stimulated breast cancer in women. Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer is simply to consume adequate amounts of iodine.

Iodine keeps the immune system healthy. It stimulates the growth of protective cells in the mucosa of the mouth, stomach, vagina, and nipples. It also keeps the breast healthy. The cells lining the milk ducts of the breast, where most breast cancers originate, actually have an ‘iodine pump’ in them, allowing them to take in this nutrient as it is available and when it is needed.

The importance of iodine in breast health is not just strengthening the immune system. It’s also important for keeping the linings of the ducts of the breasts from responding to estrogen. Estrogen stimulates the growth of breast tissue, both healthy and cancerous. When the effects of estrogen are blocked, the body’s self-defense systems have more opportunities to stop cancer even before it is diagnosed.

Physiologist James Wilson estimated that about 30 per cent of women have at least microscopic breast cell carcinomas at any given time, and that over 99 per cent of women will never know they have the disease… because various immune defense and DNA repair mechanisms stop the cancer before it spreads.

How can women be sure they are getting enough iodides for breast health? There are two basic ways. One is take a supplement called Iodoral. A 12.5 mg tablet every other day is enough.

The other way to be sure of getting enough of this vital element for breast health is to eat kelp, dulse, and other sea vegetables. A single serving four or five days a week provides the body with all the iodides it needs.

Often women with Type 2 diabetes take other medications including thyroid replacement hormones (Synthroid or Armour Thyroid), or if you have high blood pressure or you take medication for arrhythmia, see your physician before adding iodine to your diet. But know that iodine is often the missing element in successful nutritional programs for maintaining breast health.

The Importance of Breast Health For the New Mother

Breasts go through a lot of changes during a woman’s life. They grow during puberty, start producing milk during pregnancy, and go through further transformation after you give birth.

Changes are normal, so they are nothing to worry about in most cases. Here are a few things to expect once you’ve given birth.

When you first breast-feed, your milk will be thick. At this point, it’s made up mostly of a fluid called colostrum, which is loaded with antibodies and nutrients your baby needs.

This will changes after a few days and the milk will gradually thin out and become a slightly lighter color.

Obviously the first big change if the ability to produce milk. There is also a hormonal response that your body releases when your child suckles so your breasts can express milk.

Other things, such as your baby’s cry, your emotions, and your mood, may also trigger this reflex. What does this mean? Your milk can leak out even when your baby isn’t suckling.

You may want to invest in a few pads for your nursing bras; pads can absorb leaking milk before the milk soaks your shirt.

Obviously leaking milk can cause some embarrassment, but it isn’t a problem. Engorgement on the other hand may be a problem that you get checked out.

This is when your breasts produce milk faster than you express it (i.e. you produce more than your baby eats). Over-full breasts can be very sore and painful, as well as tight.

If you can’t empty your breasts for whatever reason – your child has a problem breastfeeding, for instance – then you may want to invest in a breast pump so that you can do it yourself. Releasing the milk from your breasts will help relieve the discomfort.

Blocked milk ducts are another problem. If your breasts aren’t fully emptied, you may find a painful, hard lump in your breast.

In order to unblock the duct, you may want to massage the area before feeding or apply a hot washcloth to the area.

You can also try changing positions while feeding to ensure the breast is emptied; this will help eliminate the problem.

Mastitis is an infection that can result from engorgement or blocked ducts. If this happens, you may experience symptoms similar to the flu. Talk to your doctor about getting antibiotics if this happens.

Thankfully, these problems aren’t serious most of the time. They may cause discomfort, but often you can relieve that. Talk to your doctor if you are worried or can’t seem to ease the pain.