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Identifying the Signs of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer deaths.

Every woman's breasts are different so it is important for each individual woman to be familiar with her breasts in order to recognize any peculiarities.

If you experience these symptoms, it doesn't necessarily mean you have breast cancer, but you need to be examined by a doctor.

Unfortunately, the early stages of breast cancer may not have any symptoms. This is why it is important to follow screening recommendations. As a tumor grows in size, it can produce a variety of symptoms including:

 

* lump or thickening in the breast or underarm

* change in size or shape of the breast

* nipple discharge or nipple turning inward

* redness or scaling of the skin or nipple

* ridges or pitting of the breast skin

 

These risks include:

 

* Maternal relative with breast cancer.

* Women who start their menstruation early and/or go into early menopause, increasing the length of reproductive years, are at greater risk.

* Obesity. Women who are overweight are at increased risk

* Women who have never had children are at greater risk.

* Women who had their first child over age 30 are at greater risk.

* Previous breast cancer.

* Previous endometrial cancer.

 

Aside from the genetic predisposition, the common factor in many of these risks is increased endogenous estrogen exposure over a long time.

 

It is recommended that women over 35 check their breasts monthly. However, it is also important that all women do regular breast checks. Your doctor can show you how to effectively check your breasts. Any lump, regardless of size, should be reported to your doctor. Many of these lumps are simply fatty lumps or cysts but it is far better to be safe than sorry. Catching breast cancer early makes a big difference in the type of treatment needed as well as the overall prognosis.

 

Anne Wolski has worked within the health and welfare industry for more than 30 years. To see many great health-related resources, go to http://www.magnetic-health-online.com

 

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Cancer Diet- The Role of Fibre

This article in the series on Cancer Diet explores the importance of fibre. Fibre's role in the body is to assist in the timely expulsion of waste matter from the bowel. If this waste matter stays put for too long, the body starts to reabsorb the antigens and toxins from the bowel bacteria through the gut wall. One of the easiest ways to tell if you are getting enough fibre is to inspect your stools. Sounds most unsavoury, I know, but all you need to do is see whether they float or sink in the toilet. If they are floating you are getting enough fibre, if they sink you are not.

 

If the bowels are clogged up as well, then the body struggles under a highly toxic load.

 

The reason a good cancer diet will address the need for good elimination is that as the body fights the cancer it produces even more waste matter. This puts a very heavy load on the elimination systems. This in turn takes much needed resources away from healing functions. Of course, if the patient is also having chemotherapy treatment, good elimination is even more crucial.

 

In a well managed cancer diet, there will already be a good proportion of raw foods, particularly fruits and vegetables. These raw foods are one of the best sources of natural dietary fibre. Other much touted remedies such as psyllium husks can be very helpful, but it is preferable to get your fibre directly from your foods, which also contain other elements such as enzymes that help digestion.

 

Water is also absolutely critical for good bowel function, assisting in the flushing of the bulk material and the toxins that accumulate there. Absolutely no point in upping the fibre content then depriving the body of water so that it all becomes a big plug!

 

Many medications can cause constipation so be on the lookout for this side effect when starting any new ones. Also high levels of calcium and low thyroid hormones can play havoc, so if you continue having constipation after increasing your fibre and water content, make a beeline for your doctor. Constipation has far too many negative side-effects to allow it to continue too long.

 

Just a quick PS - every cancer diet should include pears, as they are full of fibre, water and highly nutritious to boot. If you are constipated, a full ripe pear on an empty stomach first thing in the morning followed by a glass of water has a very good chance of doing the trick!

 

Marilyn Bennett’s partner Glenn was declared cancer-free after 11 months using a nutritional approach. They are now on a mission to "spread the word" re the many things they discovered we can all do to fight cancer. Please visit www.cancer-einfo.com

 

Male Breast Cancer - What You Should Know About!

 

Have you know, that the breast cancer can also catch the man? Yes - it's really true!

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The special Risk Factors for Male Breast Cancer

- Only approximately 1-1.5% of all breast cancer cases occur in men.

- Several risk factors have been identified that make some men more likely to develop breast cancer than others.

 

These risk factors include:

The Age: The average age of men diagnosed with breast cancer is between 60 and 70 years old.

 

The history of the family:

- 20% of men with breast cancer have close female relatives who have (or have had) breast cancer.

 

The Radiation exposure:

- Prior exposure to radiation (usually for treatment of a cancer) is a risk factor for male breast cancer.

 

The Liver disease:

- If the liver is normal function, she helps with hormone metabolism by binding proteins that carry hormones in the blood. If the Man's has liver diseases such as cirrhosis, they tend to have lower levels of androgens (male hormones) and on the other hand a higher estrogens levels (female hormones).This reality puts them at an increased risk of developing gynecomastia (non-cancerous tissue growth) and breast cancer.

 

Symptoms Male Breast Abnormalities

- The most male breast changes are due to benign (non-cancerous) abnormalities, such as gynecomastia (non-cancerous tissue growth)

- So, the men should report any persistent breast changes to their physicians for clinical evaluation.

-The Symptoms of male breast cancer may include:

-a breast lump,

-swelling,

-skin dimpling or puckering,

-nipple retraction (the nipple turns inward),

-redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin,

-and nipple discharge .

 

How to treating Male Breast Cancer

This will be depending on the type and stage of breast cancer.

The following treatment will most likely be used:

Surgery - Radiation therapy - Chemotherapy - Hormone therapy

 

About the Survival Rates for Male Breast Cancer

Today, the survival rates are similar the women cancer, when the treatment of the tumour begins at the same stage. Anyway, the male breast cancer tends to be diagnosed in later stages than female breast cancer. The following chart is an approximate survival rate for each stage of breast cancer. The percentages are only averages. The chances of survival will differ for each man depending on his own medical situation and several other factors, including new treatment options, how he responds to treatment, etc.

 

STAGE 1 TUMOR SIZE less than 2 cm No Lymph Node 5year Survivalrate 100 %

STAGE 2 TUMOR SIZE Between 2-5 cm No Lymph Node 5year Survivalrate 95 %

STAGE 3 TUMOR SIZE More than 5 cm No Lymph Node 5year Survivalrate 84 %

Stage 4 TUMOR SIZE not applicable YES Survivalrate 52 %

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·The American Cancer Society provides information on male breast cancer at

·The National Cancer Institute provides information on male breast cancer at

·The University of Pennsylvania's Oncolink document, "NCI/PDQ Physician Statement: Male Breast Cancer," is available at

 

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Cancer Diet - The Important Vitamins

A cancer diet needs particular emphasis on the following vitamins.

 

Vitamin A

Role: as an anti-oxidant and important for healing. Natural sources: green and yellow fruits and vegetables, organic animal liver but be careful, a non-organically raised animal's liver could be full of chemicals!

 

Beta-carotene - very important in a cancer diet - from carrots in particular, is converted to Vitamin A by the liver, and is a far safer way to get a really good boost of this vitamin, with no dangers of overdosing.

 

Vitamin B Complex

Role: particularly important to the health of nerves and the production of energy.

Natural sources are chicken, eggs, brewer's yeast, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, fish.

Vitamin B17 - almost unheard of, but critical in a cancer diet.

 

B17 interacts with the very large amounts of beta-glucosidase in cancer cells to produce hydrogen cyanide and benzaldehyde. These two poisons combine into an extremely deadly poison that targets cancer cells. The reason that it doesn't target healthy cells is that although they have small quantities of beta-glucosidase, they also contain rodonase, a substance that cancer cells do not have, that breaks the poison down into compounds that actually assist the bodies immune system!

 

Natural sources are flaxseed oil, brown rice, brewer's yeast, lentils, macadamia nuts, pecans, raspberries, strawberries, walnuts, watercress and yams.

 

Vitamin C

Role: Antioxidant needed to assist over 300 metabolic functions of the body. Natural sources are citrus fruits, most yellow or red fruits and vegetables, leafy green vegetables. The body cannot store this very essential nutrient so we need to ingest it daily. As it is not stored it cannot be overdosed. A word of warning though - do not take Vitamin C supplements at the same time as aspirin - the combination is very irritant to the stomach lining. Also it taking a supplement, look for a buffered form which is digested over a longer period of time and far less irritant. Also avoid chewable tablets - the acidity is not good for the teeth!

 

Vitamin E, again crucial in a cancer diet.

Role: Antioxidant, used in circulation and tissue repair. Natural sources include coldpressed vegetable oils, leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and wholegrains. Brown rice, eggs, kelp, oatmeal and sweet potatoes are also good sources. Just a note - the body needs zinc to maintain levels of Vitamin E in the blood, also take iron supplements at a different time from Vitamin E as some forms of iron will destroy Vitamin E. As always a diet that draws from all food groups, fruit, vegetable, meat, fish, chicken, grains, nuts, seeds and oils, all eaten as close to the way nature made them is the best cancer diet possible.

 

Marilyn Bennett’s partner Glenn was declared cancer-free after 11 months using a nutritional approach. They are now on a mission to "spread the word" re the many things they discovered we can all do to fight cancer. Please visit www.cancer-einfo.com.

Exercise And Breast Cancer

One Sunday afternoon, I stopped by a children’s clothing store to distribute a few postcards for my new book. Upon leaving the parking lot, my six year old son caught a glimpse of "those sticker ribbons with two lines". In my half-engaged attention, I acknowledged his observation that there were "more than three" on this one particular car. From his persistence to gain my feedback, I began to focus a bit more on our conversation. I informed him that I was not exactly clear of what he meant by the description of this two-lined ribbon.

 

Breast cancer is very rare before age 20 and is rarely diagnosed in women younger than age 25. Past that age, the incidence rises steadily to reach a peak around the age of menopause. The rate of increase is lessened after menopause, but older women are still at increasing risk over time. Although a specific cause for breast cancer has not been identified, there are risk factors that increase the likelihood that a woman will develop a breast cancer.

 

“You know, the red one, the boob problem, and the…”. Ground zero! I realized that he was speaking of the Awareness Ribbons that so emphatically adorn vehicles these days. I started to chuckle at his innocence in remembering my recent 15-minute explanation of breast cancer as “the boob problem”. However, after briefly giggling at his simplistic notion, I struck a more serious note to remember that the disease is far from funny and can leave heartache and devastation in its vicious path. In fact, according to Dr. Susan Love, breast cancer affects 110 women every day.

 

One of my first encounters as a Personal Trainer was with a recovering breast cancer client that came to me while working in a swim and racquet club. If you have ever met a breast cancer victor you will notice that their eyes reflect a beautiful understanding and acceptance of life. Even the way she approached me was filled with grace. Wanting to strengthen her body after the illness, she inquired about a weight training routine. She had a beaming, yet subtle smile with each simple question that she asked of me. To look at her would never disclose of her recent pain. Her hair was a short trendy style, her skin tan from frequent sunshine and her legs still presented the years of tennis that kept her fit. I was honored to take the position as her trainer and we worked together on a program toward rebuilding her body for not only the purpose of strength and endurance, but to attain a touch of inner peace as well.

 

Recovery from breast cancer is not so different a program than simply exercising to avoid such a catastrophic event in a woman’s life. If you have followed fitness for any amount of time, visited your doctor or taken a class in school, the informative path to righteous living is well paved with getting the blood flowing and the heart pounding. In turn, you increase your chances of avoiding disease (heart-related, cancer, diabetes). Likewise, if you have successfully battled breast cancer and yearn for a method of counterattack to lessen the unpleasant after affects, the all-knowing finger will be pointing in the same direction…the local gym. Even as early as the 1980’s, research was proving that aerobic exercise improved fatigue levels and nausea in post cancer patients. Fast forward to present and the benefits have multiplied over the years. Subsequent studies indicate that weight training, aerobic exercise, and fitness emphasizing mind and body (i.e., yoga) all have a substantial impact of up to 25-50% improvement on pain, fatigue, overall optimism, the general fitness level of the individual and how much a person can improve their quality of daily life, complete with its energy-draining tasks.

 

It is clear that exercise plays a tremendous role in helping breast cancer survivors feel better. But what are the details of program design? First and foremost, you want to stay clear of stress on the surgical or stitched area. Next, and just as important, begin with the usual 10-15 minute warm-up, no matter if you are doing weight training sets, a cardio routine or a number of yoga poses. It is after this warm-up that variety begins. For resistance/weight training exercises, you will want to start the initial phase of your program with a lowered weight volume but with up to double the repetitions. Elastic tubing and bands are also a good start for the first phase. Though you may not be directly working the muscle tissue in your surgical area, many muscles work together in stabilizing another muscle’s contraction. The lesser weight will insure that your wound is not overexerted to soon. The standard 2-3 sets are appropriate with 15-20 repetitions. Another area of exercise is that of cardiovascular training. Cardio machines such as the treadmill or elliptical machines are good examples that can be used for 3-4 days per week. In your initial phase of a recovery fitness routine, you may want to follow an interval program where you begin the session with a higher-intensity minute followed by a low-intensity minute, totaling up to thirty minutes. As your condition improves, you can reduce your low intensity minute to 30 seconds and eventually eliminate it all together.

 

Finally, mind and body exercises such as yoga go a step further in fitness. Not only are you strengthening your body, you are also tapping into inner peace with each slow and controlled breath and a static meditative posture. Ideal for achieving relaxation, this type of training can be utilized for as little as 5-15 minute a day and still present positive results.

 

While breast cancer awareness has reached far heights as even that of former president, Bill Clinton, who signed the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000, it does not stop the fact that the disease continues to take more and more lives all the time. While a cure is currently elusive, preventative measures are not. Engaging in a fitness program that includes healthy eating, routine exercise and positive mental development will only help you in your quest for creating a life that will not only enable you to enjoy the present moment, but also increase the chances of a healthy and prolonged life.

 

Sherri L Dodd is the creator and author of the newly-released book, Mom Looks Great - The Fitness Program for Moms. She is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant with over fifteen years of exercise experience. Aside from teaching kickboxing, she has lectured to groups on her fitness plan and is a freelance writer on the topics of fitness and general nutrition as well as the humorous side of motherhood.

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