The month of October is Women’s Health Awareness Month! The focus off this post is on Breast Cancer awareness, which is a very important topic for you and many of your loved ones. Gathering knowledge of breast health could be as valuable as digging for gold! Enlightening and guiding those close to you in breast health is of upmost importance!
I must admit that I did not know much about Women’s health let alone breast cancer! After researching this topic I found that Men could also get Breast cancer although a smaller percentage than women getting breast cancer.
Breast cancer is not just a “women’s disease.” Although uncommon, breast cancer can occur in men. Approximately 1% of all breast cancers can be attributed to men, mainly those between the ages of 60 and 70. Data show that cases of breast cancer in men are becoming more prominent, with a 26 percent increase from 1975 to 2010.
However back to focus on Women’s health, since this month of October is the focus of not just women’s health but the danger of breast cancer! I am astonished by how much of an epidemic breast cancer has become!
Some risk factors for cancer can be avoided, however many factors cannot. An example is both smoking and inheriting certain genes are risk factors for some types of cancer, but only smoking can be avoided.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet may be protective factors for some types of cancer. Avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors may lower your risk but it does not mean that you will not get cancer.
Signs and Symptoms
The following list includes signs and symptoms, which should be evaluated by a health care professional.
- Irritation on breast skin or nipple– may include redness, scaliness, dimpling, or thickening of the skin or nipple area.
- Breast or nipple pain
- Nipple discharge – A milky discharge that is present when a woman is not breastfeeding should be checked by her doctor.
- Nipple turning inwards(nipple retraction)
- Swollen lymph nodes– sometimes if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, it can cause them to swell.
Most of the time, these symptoms are not due to cancer, but any breast cancer symptom you discover should be brought to your healthcare provider so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated. The good news is there are many simple strategies that can support a healthy body and in particular, breast health.
There are several steps that you and your health care provider can take in order to detect breast cancer. In general, the earlier breast cancer is found, the better your prognosis is. The key is to detect breast cancer before you experience symptoms.
There are different screening methods that are available for breast cancer detection, which include Breast Self-Exams, Clinical Breast Exams, and Mammograms. It is important to understand that just getting regular mammogram screenings is not going to ensure breast health.
Different ways to ensure breast health are being studied, including:
- Changing lifestyle or eating habits.
- Avoiding things known to cause cancer.
- Takingmedicine to treat a precancerous condition or to keep cancer from starting.
Lifestyle factors are the most important for breast health, such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, and managing stress. For example, turmeric has remarkable cellular benefits, while optimizing your vitamin D levels has been shown to support breast health as well!
Vitamin D’s critical importance seems to grow with every emerging study. Carole Baggerly, founder director of Grassroots Health an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about vitamin D and the crucial role it plays in health, in particular, breast health.
Vitamin D is found to actually be a powerful neuro-regulatory steroid with epigenetic influence over more than 2,000 genes in your body, which is about 10 percent of all your genes. There are hundreds of peer reviewed scientific studies showing the value of vitamin D.
Rather than waiting for your next check up, take action now of your lifestyle by getting your exercise, making sure you get a good nights sleep, manage stress, and optimize your nutrition with natural and organic foods and add supplements to your life, specially Vitamin D for maintaining breast health.
Good nutrition is important for you in protecting yourself from cancer and also important for cancer patients. Healthy eating habits are important before and during cancer treatment. A generous supply of fruit and vegetables-rich in antioxidants can help address free radical damage in your body, and support DNA integrity at the cellular level. If you don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables then consider supplementation.
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