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Breast Patrol… Fighting the Terror Within

Breast Patrol… Fighting the Terror Within

How well do you know your breasts? How much time have you spent with them lately?

It only takes about 2 minutes a month to check your breasts. Those 2 minutes could save your life!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009 there will be 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer in the United States, causing 40,170 deaths.

The chances of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 35. Males can also have breast cancer, usually diagnosed between the ages of 60 and 70, and making up less than 1 percent of all cases.

Early detection is the best weapon against breast cancer. That’s why those 2 minutes are so important. Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel will allow you to notice subtle changes early on. Not every change is an indication of cancer, but it’s worth a call to the doctor.

In addition to self-examination, women should have a clinical breast exam as part of our routine checkups. Women over the age of 40 should also have a mammogram each year. It is a quick and painless procedure that enables doctors to find lumps that cannot be felt.

Some risk factors for breast cancer, such as genetics, cannot be avoided, but smoking, excessive use of alcohol, obesity, an unhealthy diet, and lack of exercise may be contributing factors that can be controlled. And we all have 2 minutes a month to spare.

Breast Patrol… it’s a matter of life and death.

From the American Cancer Society: How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam

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7:19PM PDT on Oct 4, 2009

"All women should have a mammogram every year " is medical propaganda.
Early detection is not prevention.
Many lumps come and go and are caused by various things. Learn your own bodies signals, do regular breast massage to keep the lymph nodes clear. Honor yourself and take care of yourself. Feeling powerless in the face of circumstances is the biggest killer around.Do what ever you have to to reclaim your power, even if it's simply turning your attention to things you find pleasent and uplifting. Know that you can give yourself relief by shifting where you place your thoughts.This changes blood chemistry, and possibly triggers healing.Bless all who are dealing with this. You are loved Sisters.

11:25AM PDT on Oct 3, 2009

A very informative read. More needs to be done to help with none invasive therapy fr women with suspect lumps in the breast.

2:07PM PDT on Oct 2, 2009

It is important to get a mammogram every year. That is how they found my breast cancer. Self examination doesn't find everything.

1:52PM PDT on Oct 2, 2009

I had a thermogram that detected a lot of inflammation in one of my breasts. Through diet, exercise, and breast massage, as well as listening to some healing music and taking some steps to improve my mental/emotional/spiritual outlook on life, I am happy to say that after a month, my thermograms looked normal. Thermograms are thermal pictures (They are taken with a camera that does not touch the body) that can detect inflammation in tissues. Inflammation can be a symptom of more serious problems, such as cancer. Inflammation can be detected before a tumor on a mammogram. Thermograms are truly totally painless.

9:40AM PDT on Oct 2, 2009

Thinking preventative is also helpful. I am a Professional Bowenwork Practitioner here in Arizona through the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia. We have a Chest Procedure for draining the lymph in the chest and we teach it to our clients for maintenance. Useful with masectomy patients as well for lymphedema. I fought fibercystic breast disease for over 20 years and you can see my story on my web site at www.bowenworkstherapy.com I attribute my recovery to nutrition, naturopathy, exercise and several holistic practices. At 20 years we found a cottonball under a crown, which had caused an autoimmune breakdown on a level to fill the cysts in my chest. After Dr. Schulze Liver & Gallbladder cleanse, kidney cleanse, intestinal cleanse and heavy metal cleanse ( some twice) I received my first clear mammogram in 25 years. You have to research on your own and don't leave it up to Dr's and xray's to figure out YOUR body. I tell my clients everyone's body is a new research project. You have to be responsible for what you are putting into your body and what you allow to be done to it, as well as exercise and meditation for mental health.
Start reading and find a Bowenwork practitioner near you at www.bowenwork.com.
Best wishes for a responsible and wonderful life.

8:51AM PDT on Oct 2, 2009

I check my breasts every morning before I shower.

7:12AM PDT on Oct 2, 2009

I found a lump a year ago while showering. I was never one to do regular exams because, frankly, my breasts have always felt a little 'lumpy' to me, and I really didn't know how what I was looking for was supposed to feel. But this was unmistakable. It was the size of a chicken egg. It turned out to be too tumors, benign Thank all the dieties that ever were, are, or will be, because I don't have health insurance and would surely be dead by now. It grew a centimeter in the 6 months after its' discovery, and may cause me problems later as it gets larger. Had I known how to do a self breast exam, I would have been able to find this when it was much smaller and perhaps easier to get rid of.

And Jamie, my husband and I live with another couple and the wife is an oncology nurse. I had her check my breast because I didn't want to pop for a mammogram if it was really nothing. We almost didn't get through it for laughing at the thought that one of the guys would walk in in the middle of it!

7:06AM PDT on Oct 2, 2009

This is an excerpt of an article about conflicting studies on mammography, reported in the NYT Dec 17th 2001."But a third study has caused the widest confusion: American women 40 and older have long been told that regular mammograms will reduce their risk of dying of breast cancer by 30 percent and help avoid the extreme treatment required for large tumors. But a new analysis of several large studies found little evidence that early detection made a difference."

This article on Worldwire "Safe Breast Self Examination By Young Women Vs. Risky Mammography" by Sanuel Epstein and Rosalie Bertell is also worth considering.

Young women with a clear family history - or a new hard, persistent lump - should have a mammogram. Even older women should consider the risks. And though there is a slight increase in survival rates, early mammography is not in the same class at early Pap smears in initiating interventions which result in cures. What we need is clarity on why the incidence of breast cancer has more than doubled in forty years - this has to be environmental, yet governments seem uninterested in funding the research or acting on the research when it is highly suggestive eg with the in vitro effect of plastic breakdown products in causing the multiplication of breast cancer cells.( see Ana De Soto's work)


6:27AM PDT on Oct 2, 2009

BSEs have actually been proven to be a very ineffective tool in the diagnosis of breast cancer. We need to ensure that all women over 35 receive their mammograms yearly.

6:01AM PDT on Oct 2, 2009

Or you could get a friend to help check your breast for you LOL.

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