Tips For Breast Health
According to the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, over 300,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer in 2017 (along with an estimate of 2,470 men). If left untreated or unrecognized, breast cancer as a disease is treatable in most stages, but can be deadly.
Symptoms of breast cancer can depend on factors such as size, type and location of the cancer and can often go unrecognized in premature and early stages. Some of the most common symptoms of early breast cancer are a lump in or near the breast, thickening on or near the armpit region, a sore or ulcer on the breast, or nipple tenderness. Typical symptoms of advanced breast cancer include pain around the mass, achy bones, trouble breathing, decrease in appetite and increased fatigue. As similar symptoms can be a result of other less serious health conditions such as a cyst, it is important to seek medical attention before self-treatment or diagnosis.
Treatment of breast cancer can vary depending on progression and stage of the cancer but can include options such as surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, medication, hormonal therapy, lifestyle changes and other treatments. Alongside your team of healthcare professionals (doctor, pharmacist, nurse, surgeon, etc.), the necessary treatment plan will be determined and implemented.
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Equally as vital to your health as recognizing the symptoms of breast cancer and seeking proper treatment is taking the appropriate measures to prevent and reduce the risk factors of having it. These tips include:
Limit Alcohol intake.
Research shows that alcohol may cause an increase in estrogen levels which is linked to breast cancer cases. Avoid alcohol or drink only in moderation (one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men).
Eat a Healthy Balanced diet.
A healthy body weight and immune system can help decrease your likelihood of breast cancer. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and opt for lean meats such as chicken or fish rather than red meat.
Regular physical activity and weight management can decrease the risk of breast cancer. Given your doctor’s consent, most healthy adults should shoot to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily in addition to regular walking.
The risk of breast cancer increases with every year and cigarette smoked. So, avoid introducing harmful chemicals into your body by opting for no tobacco.
Elevated levels of estrogen have been linked to breast cancer cases. Stay informed of the risks of taking hormone therapy replacement, estrogen therapy and other supplements.
For more tips and tricks, click here, and for more information to reduce your risk of breast cancer talk to your doctor today!
– Casey Edmonds, CHC
Health Advisor | Email Casey