Facts About Good Breast Health You Must Read
There is so much written about good breast health that we’ve taken it and condensed in an alphabetic listing for keywords. The American Cancer Society says good breast health starts with an awareness of the information so readily available. The warning signs of breast cancer are well documented and communicated to women, even girls at a young age.
Good Breast Health Starts Here:
A = Alcohol – Alcohol is to blame for 11% of all breast cancers. This is because cocktails, beer or wine (just 1 or 2 drinks a day) heighten your risk and it increases with every drink.
B = Breast Feeding – Women’s Health Issues data suggests that moms who breastfeed 12 months or more have less heart disease than women who don’t nurse. And a new study shows that women with a family history of breast cancer cut their risks of getting it.
C = Caffeine – About 200-300 mg of caffeine daily (the amount in 2-3 cups of coffee or strong tea, an energy drink, or 5 diet sodas) won’t hurt you. Just don’t overdo it.
D = Dècolletage –The reason you see freckles, sun spots, and wrinkles on your cleavage is from not using enough sunscreen on your delicate skin.
E = Eat Right – Eating fruits and vegetables and cutting back on fatty meat keeps your body healthy. Eat more cruciferous vegetables, fish, bell peppers, broccoli, and Kefir yogurt.
F = Fit – Wear the correct bra size. A bra that fits right, feels good and looks great.
G = Genes – If you have sisters or women on either side of your family that have had breast or ovarian cancer, you should talk to a genetic counselor about getting tested.
H = Hormone Therapy – It is now felt that using HRT for 5 years or more can double your breast cancer risk, which is why you should take the lowest dosage possible or, better yet, use a botanically-based or bioidentical natural balancing cream.
I = Inflammatory Breast Cancer –The 5-year survival rate of this rare but aggressive disease is about half that of regular breast cancer. Symptoms include redness and painful swelling around the breast, sometimes the skin feels warm, and has the texture of an orange. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor.
J = Jiggle – Too much jiggling causes sagging. When you exercise, make sure you use an appropriate sports-bra depending on whether you’re small or large breasted.
K = Know ‘em Well – Know your breasts well so you can notice any changes during your monthly breast self-exam.
L = Lumps – Most breast lumps are benign and more than 60% of women have lumpy breasts. Don’t just ignore lumps because you’re afraid—talk to your doctor.
M = Mammograms – Early detection from mammograms is estimated to reduce the risk of death from breast cancer by at least 15%.
N = Nipples – If your nipples are itchy, switch soaps. If you have discharge, you could be pregnant, have thyroid conditions, or problems with meds. If there’s soreness or cracks, soothe with petroleum jelly if you’re nursing. It won’t hurt the baby.
O = Ouch – About 10% of women have breast pain more than 5 days a month. If it’s unbearable, track when it hurts most, then talk to your doctor.
P = Plastic Surgery – Even in this down economy, boob jobs are going strong. If you’re top-heavy, consider breast reduction to bring relief to your back, shoulders, and neck.
Q = #1 Question To Ask Your Doctor – Are my breasts dense? Women with dense breasts are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer. The only way to check is to have a mammogram.
R = Rest – A recent study shows that women who slept 6 hours or less each night were 62% more likely to have breast cancer than those who slept 7 hours.
S = Soy – Soy has many benefits in natural forms, i.e. edamame, however, concentrated forms (supplements) may be harmful – especially if you’re at high risk for breast cancer.
T = Tomosynthesis – A new imaging system that gives clear 3D pictures of the breast while applying less pressure than mammograms.
U = Underwires Are Dangerous Myth – The idea that underwires trap toxins is a myth.
V = Vaccine – Stimuvax (a vaccine currently in testing) may help women with inoperable breast cancer live longer.
W = Weight – Women who gain 55 pounds or more after the age of 18, have 1-1/2 times the risk of breast cancer.
X = X-Rays – Radiation can cause cancer. Avoid x-rays wherever possible.
Y = Yoga – Do yoga to keep your breasts from sagging.
Z = Zero! – The number of new breast cancer cases we hope to see in the future!
Health related articles document so much about good breast health, it is important to stay up-to-date with the latest medical research and findings. Good breast health is really an international subject so there is much that can be learned from global sources as well. Print this list and paste it to a visible spot in your home to constantly remind you of the importance of good breast health and the facts regarding myth vs. reality.