The following websites are excellent sources of information:

             Treatment information and prevention

              Dedicated to elminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer

              Information about treatment, prevention, genetics, causes, screening, clinical trials and research

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Different symptoms may appear in the advanced stages of breast cancer. These include:

  • Breast pain or general discomfort with or without a noticeable lump
  • Ulcers appearing on the skin
  • Bone pain (may be a sign that the cancer has spread)
  • Weight loss
  • Swelling of the arm (nearest to the breast with cancer)

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

In more recent years, research has indicated the impact of diet and other behaviors on breast cancer. These additional risk factors include a high-fat diet,[ alcohol intake, obesity,[ and environmental factors such as tobacco use, radiation, and shiftwork.[ Although the radiation from mammography is a low dose, the cumulative effect can cause cancer.[

  • Personal history of breast cancer: A woman who had breast cancer in one breast has an increased risk of getting a second breast cancer.
  • Family history: A woman's risk of breast cancer is higher if her mother, sister, or daughter had breast cancer, the risk becomes significant if at least two close relatives had breast or ovarian cancer. The risk is higher if her family member got breast cancer before age 40. An Australian study found that having other relatives with breast cancer (in either her mother's or father's family) may also increase a woman's risk of breast cancer and other forms of cancer, including brain and lung cancers.[39]
  • Certain breast changes: Atypical hyperplasia and found in benign breast conditions such as are correlated with an increased breast cancer risk.

Types of Breast Cancer

The Mayo Clinic is an excellent source of information for types of breast cancer, visit their site at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/HQ00348

How to Reduce your breast cancer risk (courtesy of Dr. Susan Love)

  • Eat a healthy diet that is low in fat and high in whole grains and fruits and vegetables
  • Lose weight (if you are overweight)
  • Get regular exercise
  • Schedule regular mammograms
  • Breast feed your children
  • Evaluate any breast symptoms or change that develop

 

Archived Articles

  • Doctors Dispute "new" Mammogram Guidelines, see article here
  • Breast Cancer Study Offers New Hope, see article here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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