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Monthly breast self-exams and annual screenings (if you're of age) are key to finding cancer before it starts to cause symptoms. Doctors say early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. Here are 6 steps to conduct your monthly breast self-exams at home.
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4. Raise your left arm and using three or four fingers of your right hand, inspect your breast. Press the flat part of your fingers in small circles and move slowly around the breast. Start on the outside and work your way toward the nipple. Pay special attention to the area between the breast and the armpit and the armpit itself. You’re feeling for any unusual lumps or mass under the skin. Repeat on the right breast with your left fingers.
1. Stand in front of a mirror and inspect both breasts for anything unusual. If you spot any discharge residue around your nipples, puckering, dimpling or scaling of the skin, take a photo, and contact your doctor. 2. While looking in the mirror, clasp your hands behind your head and press your hands forward. You should feel your chest muscles tightening. Look for any change in the shape or contour of your breasts.
5. Gently squeeze each nipple and look for a discharge. If you have discharge take note of the color and the consistency.
3. Press your hands on your hips and slightly bow towards the mirror as you pull your shoulders and elbows forward. Again, you should feel the muscles in your chest tighten and you’re looking for any visual changes.
6. Steps 4 and 5 should be repeated lying down. Lie flat on your back with your right arm over your head and a pillow or folded towel under your left shoulder. This flat position will make your left breast easier to examine. Use the same technique described earlier and repeat on the right breast.
SHAKE OF THE MONTH
Pumpkin Pie No, it’s not a slice of pie in a blender...but it might as well be! Dig in to this delicious Pumpkin Pie protein shake with none of the guilt. INGREDIENTS: 1 scoop vanilla Live Rite protein powder 1 cup fat-free milk 1
⁄3 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp brown sugar 1
⁄2 tsp pumpkin-pie spice
LET'S GET STARTED: 1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth; the consistency should be creamy and thick. 2. Pour into a glass and top with (optional) whipped cream and an extra dash of pumpkin pie spice. 3. Serve cool or warm 4. Enjoy!
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“Cancer gave me way more than it took away. I can now look at life with a new appreciation for even the smallest blessings.” — Roxanne Martinez, 31
10 Leading Risk Factors of Breast Cancer It seems like everything you do, or don’t do, eat, or don’t eat, or even breathe in can cause cancer these days. Until now, you probably haven’t organized your life around how to avoid cancer, and you might have had no risk factors, but you still got it anyway. So going forward you might want to be aware of the risk factors that you can control so you can manage them to prevent a new breast cancer. • Factors You Just Can’t Change • Family History If it’s in your genes, there’s not much you can do, except regular monitoring to catch any recurrences or cancers in the other breast in the earliest stages. In the extreme, you might consider prophylactic mastectomy if you carry the genes.
Early menstruation or late menopause If you started menstruating before age 12, or went through menopause after 55, the many years of estrogen surges from your monthly cycle may trigger breast cancer, as some types grow and flourish on estrogen.
Childbirth after age 30 or no children Hopefully you haven’t done your family planning around whether you might get breast cancer, as there are much more important decisions around bringing a child into this world. But late childbearing or not having children is a risk factor because of the continuous exposure to monthly estrogen cycles, without an interruption for pregnancy.
Exposure to radiation If you’ve ever received any form of radiation to the chest area before age 30, say for Hodgkin’s disease, you are more susceptible to breast cancer.
Use of estrogen/progesterone. This increases risk, mostly for lobular cancer.
• Factors Which You Have Control • Smoking If you ever have, just don’t, not ever again. You want your life—not breast, lung, or many other types of cancer. Enough said.
Obesity Fat cells produce estrogen, a potential nutrient source for breast cancer cells. If you’ve always wanted that lean, healthy body, now is the time to make it happen, not just for cosmetic, but for very real health reasons.
them from your body properly). But I will tell you that a review in the Journal of the NCI (1/21/98) evaluated a range of studies on the effects of exercise on breast cancer, and reaffirmed its riskreducing effect in healthy women of all ages. Alcohol. There is a growing body of evidence linking alcohol intake to breast cancer, especially heavy use.
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