Breast cancer is a cancer that has its roots in the breast tissue. It mainly originates from the milk ducts or lobules and cancers from the milk ducts are known as ductal carcinomas and those from the lobules are known as lobular carcinomas. This is a disease that prevails in humans and other mammals. If found to have a breast cancer, it the size of the tumor that decides what kind of treatment you will have to undergo. Treatments may vary from surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy.
With every passing day, breast cancer is spreading like a dreadful disease among millions of women. This disease is also related to loss of sexuality and body image. This disease is not only limited to women but also affects men. The rate of men who are falling prey to this disease is 1 % of all breast cancers. On account of this disease spreading rapidly, new medications are also being devised for its treatment and diagnosis. Breast cancer is the second cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. The first being lung cancer.
The rate of breast cancer is increase among women whose family has members carrying this disease and those having inherited cancer genes. However, only 40% of breast cancers have such a hereditary predisposition. Thus, 60% of breast cancers have no family history of breast cancer. Thus, everyone should be aware of the signs and symptoms, and the potential lifestyle changes that you can do to prevent breast cancer occurence.
Since prevention is always better than cure, you can follow some of these simple steps to reduce the risks of developing breast cancer:-
- Reduce the intake of alcohol– the more alcohol you consume, the more likely you are to develop this cancer. Alcohol can increase women’s risk of developing breast cancer. Drinking alcohol does not mean that you will develop breast cancer but it surely increases your chance of developing it.
- Control gaining weight– if you are overweight or obese, you are more likely to develop chances of breast cancer. The chances are more if you become obese at a later stage of your life particularly after menopause. Obese women have an increased risk of developing breast cancer by a third. Seen another way, you can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by up to 33% if you maintain a normal weight. Click here to learn more about our successful weight loss programs.
- Indulge in plenty of physical activities– if you are physically active, you can maintain a healthy body. This in turn helps prevent breast cancer. The Department of Health and Human Services has recommended that for adults the rate of physical activity is 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity and 75 minutes of rigorous physical activity a week. In addition to this one must also incorporate strength training exercises in their fitness regime at least twice a week. If you are just starting to exercise today, then you must slowly and gradually make the move and do not force everything on yourself at one go.
- Breast feed– this is one important way to help prevent breast cancer. The longer you breast feed your child, the more protected are you from the chances of developing breast cancer.
- Understand hormone therapy– if you are undergoing a hormone therapy, make sure you are doing the bioidentical hormone therapy route. The recent WHI study suggested a link between the synthetic progestins and breast cancer. It did not show a link between natural estrogen and breast cancer. There are also some studies that show a protective effect (i.e. reduced risk) on the breast of bioidentical progesterone and testosterone. Click here to learn more about our preferred method, Hormone Pellet Therapy
- Stay away from pollution- though further studies are going on regarding this, yet some relation has been found between breast cancer and exposure to polyclinic aromatic hydrocarbons that persist in vehicle exhaust and air pollution.
- Screen for breast cancer – routine mammograms have been proven to pick up breast cancers at a very early stage. If picked up earlier, long term survival is greatly increased. Therefore, check with you physician if you feel a lump, or do routine mammograms every year, starting at age 40.
- Oncoblot blood test – this simple blood test can detect breast cancer and 25 other cancers when they are very very small, even before they can be detected by conventional methods. Learn more by clicking here.
These are some of the few measures that you can take to reduce the risks of developing breast cancer. But if situation worsens and the cancer is detected, you have no other option but to go for a surgery or any other treatment as suggested by your physician.
Dr Robert True is a renowned physician who takes extreme care to conduct regular annual exams including breast exams to detect visible signs of breast cancer at an early stage. It is after seeking and undergoing his guidance that many women have been able to live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. For over 25 years, he has been providing breast cancer screens to thousands of women. So, if you are concrned about this disease and want yourself to be treated by the best in the profession then no one can be better than Dr. Robert True.