Breast Cancer and Breast Health – Take Action Now to Avoid Being a Statistic

For fifteen years I have worked as a professional educator. For 5 of those years I have worked in a healthcare organization. One of the most talked about topics is breast cancer and breast health. The bottom line is that although breast cancer is not preventable, it is usually easily detectable.

Note: Breast cancer is not race specific – all races get breast cancer!

Note: Breast cancer is not gender specific – men get breast cancer too!

When breast cancer is caught in the early stages the chances of survival are very high. Please don’t add yourself or a friend or loved one to the growing list of statistics. Take action today! Here is a simple three part action step plan to help you with the early detection of breast cancer.

Part One: Regular Mammograms

Ladies, this is the most important part of maintaining good breast health: regular mammograms. Mammograms are fast, simple x-rays similar to the x-rays you get at a dentist’s office visit. In fact, mammograms actually use less radiation than a dental x-ray!

Mammograms put you light years ahead when it comes to cancer treatment because they can detect breast lumps long before you or your doctor could physically feel a breast lump. Because early detection is a key to survival, you need to put regular mammograms on your schedule.

The American Cancer Society recommends regular mammograms for all women starting at age 40. If you have a family history of breast cancer, your physician may want you to start a regular mammogram schedule much earlier.

The older you get, the higher your chances of breast cancer. Over 75% of all breast cancers occur in women who are 50 or older. Over 50% of all breast cancers occur in women who are 65 or older.

Ladies – listen to me! Get a regular mammogram! Please! For the sake of your friends and family who love you so much, schedule a yearly mammogram if you are 40 or older or have a family history of breast cancer.

Part Two: Clinical Breast Exam

Only your physician or nurse will do a clinical breast exam for you. All women in their 20′s and 30′s should have a clinical breast exam as part of their annual health checkups at least every 3 years. After the age of 40, this should be done every year without fail.

What Will Happen In A Clinical Breast Exam?

The physician or nurse will take your personal health history by asking you a series of health history questions. This will include asking about family history. Next the physician or nurse will look at your breasts while you stand in front of a mirror with your hands on your hips. Finally the physician or nurse will physically exam your entire breast up to the neck, in your armpit, the center of your chest and to the bottom of your rib cage. Finally they will discuss proper breast health with you as well as show you how to perform breast self-exams. The entire process can take up to 10 minutes. It should rarely be under 5 minutes.

Part Three: Breast Self-Exams

You need to become familiar with how your breasts look and feel regularly so that you are aware of any changes from normal. If you notice changes, report these to your physician immediately.

One of the most important steps you can take is to do monthly breast self-exams. An easy way to remember to do this is to check while you take a shower. Some organizations even have a shower card you can hang from your shower head with punch out holes for each month, so you can easily track when you have done your exams.

Remember that you need to physically exam your breasts by hand as well as look in the mirror for any visible changes. If you think you’ve found a lump or noticeable change, notify your doctor immediately.

Most breast lumps are NOT cancer, but you won’t know until you ask and have it checked out.

Take Action Now!

Begin your regular breast health plan today which includes regular mammograms, clinical breast exams and monthly self-exams. When breast cancer is caught in the early stages survival rates are greatest. Take action now – for yourself, for your friends and family who love you so much!

Natural Health – Common Sense For Breast Health

I remember learning Anatomy and Physiology when I was studying to become a Registered Nurse. wanted a more thorough understanding of the lymphatic system and felt what we learned was limited. Conventional medicine didn’t pay much attention to the importance of the lymphatic system for one’s health. I wonder… has this changed?

Lymphatic fluid circulates in tiny vessels similar to veins throughout the body. The fluid (or lymph) is clear, or slightly yellowish, and watery. It comes from the tissues of the body. Lymph helps remove bacteria and carries cells that help fight infection and disease. It’s an important part of the immune system.

Lymphatic fluid doesn’t circulate well without our help. It doesn’t have a pump to move it like the our blood vessels have the heart. Movement of the body is the only way to move lymph. Without regular movement the lymph can become stagnant. Also, tight clothing, such as bras, can press on the vessels and restrict the flow.

This is very abundant in the breast area. There are many lymph nodes under the armpit. These clusters of tissue help protect the body from foreign organisms and cancer cells. Mobilization of lymph can help prevent breast congestion and maybe even cancers. Women often intentionally restrict the movement of their breasts, which is not healthy. Daily self-care should include breast movement. It can be as simple as moving your bra’s shoulder strap-up and down. It’s common sense.

Cheryl Chapman is a dear friend and holistic nursing colleague. She is also a well-known massage therapist and a breast care advocate. “Phluffing Your Girls” is an adorable expression she coined for this process She recommends moving your breasts like you are fluffing a pillow with your hands.

Here are some of the benefits:

–Reduce breast congestion
–Soften breasts
–Decrease lumps and cysts from fibrocystic breasts
–Move lymph
–Bring T-Cells to protect the breasts
–Reduce breast tenderness during pregnancy
–Enhance breastfeeding
–Easier to do a self breast exam
–Maintain healthy breast tissue

Benefits with Calcium on Breast Health – Are There Any Benefits with Calcium on Breast Health?

It has recently been discovered that calcium helps in the fight against breast cancer, and therefore, there are many benefits with calcium on breast health. Calcium and vitamin D both are required to decrease breast densities, consequently reducing the risk of breast cancer.

Women above the age of 40 are not only more likely to become victims of bone disease but also breast cancer. These diseases mainly occur due to nutrient deficiency, particularly calcium and magnesium deficiency. Benefits with calcium on breast health can be seen by consuming calcium supplements on a regular basis.

Postmenopausal women require up to 1500 mg of calcium daily. With this amount, they should also consume adequate quantities of vitamin D to help in maximum absorption of calcium by the bloodstream. Studies have shown that women who eat a balanced diet with at least 1000 mg of calcium and more than 100 IU of vitamin D are at a reduced risk of developing breast cancer, osteoporosis, prolonged depression and PMS.

Calcium is important for maintaining overall health as it contributes to making the immune system strong. It is also required by many other systems of the body to carry out various activities including absorption of other nutrients and proper digestion of food.

If nutrients are not readily absorbed they are useless and are lost through urine. In order to obtain maximum benefits with calcium on breast health, a proper diet along with calcium supplements and regular exercise is necessary. Try to find good-quality calcium supplements available on the market. These supplements are effective and help in overcoming calcium deficiency and also serve to cure many serious complications.

Abnormally low as well as abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood are dangerous for health. Sometimes excess calcium deposits are formed in parts where it is not needed such as tissues in the breasts. This excessive calcium should be controlled by eating a diet composed of all important minerals and vitamins. Inactivity or hyperactivity of the parathyroid glands also causes calcium levels to shoot up.

Always use calcium supplements that have been approved by health specialists and doctors all over the world. If some side effects occur, immediately stop the course of calcium tablets and consult a doctor. Do not consume more than 2500 mg of calcium on a daily basis. Try to divide the dosage into many parts and make a habit of taking calcium tablets right after meals.