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Catch Breast Cancer Symptoms By Being Regular In Self Breast Exam

Jul 05, 2012 - 0 comments
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Breast cancer the most commonly occurring disease among women has become a threat for their lives. It is responsible for deaths of millions of women. Early detection of this disease is however, only a sure way for successful treatment. Symptoms caused by this disease are a guide in its early detection. Very common symptoms of this cancer are;
• Breast pain consistent in nature
• Formation of wrinkles on breast skin
• Nipples releasing some fluid excluded milk
• Redness or some other texture changes on breast skin
• Appearance of a lump in breast or in underarm area
• Formation of some mass in any part of chest area
These symptoms are most likely breast cancer indications. And most of them are found by women undergoing a self breast exam. That is the reason why a huge stress is laid upon starting and following a breast exam by women of all ages every month. This exam is performed with two main objectives. These objectives are look and feel.
Look strictly refers to getting familiar with appearance of breasts. Appearance of breasts includes breast skin, shape, nipples, areolas, size, underarm, and collarbone. While looking at your breasts you need to cover the look of all these areas as symptoms like skin wrinkle less, texture changes, and swelling are the abnormal variations those can be seen while taking a look of breasts.
You are supposed to stand in front of mirror to cover look of chest area from all angles. Start first by examining size and shape of your breasts. Then move your arms first over your head and then keep them on your hips. You have to see that during these hand movements did you find any change in shape like swelling on any part of breasts.
Once you have completed looking breasts, armpit, and collar bone start looking at nipples. As you become familiar with normal color of your nipples and areolas next important step is to squeeze your nipples. It is a significant step in self breast exam because in this way you are actually assuring yourself that there is no fluid coming out of nipples as it can be a signal for nipple’s abnormality.
As you have completed breast examination with the view of look, initiate the next part of exam that is breasts’ feel. Start with circular movements on all chest area including armpits. Be in touch with your chest when you are moving fingers of your hand on it so that you become familiar with normal feel of breasts inside. After completing breasts’ feel for tissues near chest skin put different level pressures to get know how of tissue deep near chest wall. It is good to start with normal pressure then after putting a medium level pressure press your breasts with a bit firm level that will be really helpful in finding out a lump if it exists deep in breasts. When you have performed this exam be sure that no part of chest area is remained unchecked because ignorance of a single moment can cause you a harm for lifetime.
If you are suspected with presence of any abnormality during a self breast exam you should immediately make appointment to your GP without considering it ordinary. There some cases in which women initially considered breast pain normal because they experienced it during period as well but later due to its extremity when they were undergone breast screening they were diagnosed with breast cancer. Hence if you find any of the changes given above you are supposed, without relying on any self assumptions, make appointment to an expert.


Does Obesity Put Women at Higher Breast Cancer Risk?

Jul 02, 2012 - 0 comments
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Obesity can be defined as too much body fats and it play a vital role to cause various health complications. According to a research obesity is not concerned with the weight of body it is all about the body fats. Difference of body weight among people is not due to the difference of fats it is due to the difference of other things such as water, muscles, bones and other types of tissues within the body.
How to Measure Obesity?
Obesity is measured by the size of person’s Body Measure Index (BMI) and it is related to the height and weight of the individual. It is measured by dividing the weight with height multiplied by 2 and according to the studies if a person has BMI more than 25 he / she is considered as overweight and BMI more than 30 puts a person into the category of obesity.
Different Aspects of Obesity
Different aspects of obesity are related to the breast cancer risk such as the time of life when a woman becomes obese, where exactly the weight is carried on the body and what is the speed of becoming obese. Generally it is perceived that obesity is one of the major breast cancer risk factors and it puts women at higher risk to develop breast cancer, but some studies have shown that obesity before menopause reduces the risk to develop this cancer however being obese after menopause increases the risk.
Obesity is linked to a larger exposure to estrogen and it is confirmed that amount of the estrogen and the duration of exposure affects the risk of developing breast cancer. Fat cells produce a substance that increases the risk of being affected by this cancer. There are various hormones like substances produced by fat cells also contribute to increase the risk of breast cancer. Obesity causes other hormonal changes as well that may affect the risk of developing this cancer at any stage of life.
How to Get Rid Of Obesity?
Every person wants to get rid of obesity because it not only affects health, but also has a strong impact on the risk of breast cancer as well so every woman needs to get rid of it to stay healthy. There are different ways to get rid of it such as
Healthy Food
Women should eat healthy food and the food rich in fats should be avoided by women because consumption of saturated fats increased the risk of developing breast cancer.
Regular Exercise
Regular exercise is another way to increase the risk of developing breast cancer so it is essential for women to exercise regularly at least 30 minutes per day.
Women who become obese after menopause should go for regular breast cancer screening because breast examination in the old age is crucial, however it is necessary for women of all ages but the importance increases as the women age.