Little-Known Breast Cancer Information
Breast cancer is a fairly common disease. In fact, some members of the medical community go to the extent of suggesting that any woman would face the chance of developing breast cancer if she lives long enough. According to a National Cancer Institute breast cancer information report, one in every eight women (a whopping 12.5%!) in US is estimated to develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. Breast cancer is undoubtedly one of the most upsetting diagnosis anyone can receive. However, equipping yourself with the correct breast cancer information can lead to early detection, prompt treatment and almost complete cure with little chance of recurrence.
There is a multitude of breast cancer information available all around — most of it scientifically well-established standard information, while some not so common, little-known information that could be helpful anyway. Though there is no foolproof formula that can guarantee not getting breast cancer, this little-known breast cancer information can be utilized to minimize your chances of developing breast cancer while maximizing your chances of saving your life in case you do develop breast cancer.
Then there is some common breast cancer misinformation among the general population. For example, did you know that breast cancer is not just a women’s disease and, though rare, breast cancer could occur in men, too, or that you don’t necessarily have to find a lump in your breast for being diagnosed with breast cancer? So mammograms and ultrasound are not complete screening tools.
Another misinformation is that only 40+ or 50+ women can get breast cancer. Though this may be statistically true about normal breast cancer, the extremely aggressive inflammatory type of breast cancer can occur also among young women, sometimes even teenagers.
The survival rate, too, is found to be lower among younger women, perhaps because, initially, the breast cancer symptoms are not taken seriously due to their age factor.
Saving Your Life From Breast Cancer Risk
Other than hereditary factors and genetic predisposition, factors like age, obesity, HRT, excessive use of birth control pills, alcohol and antibiotics, exposure to carcinogens via cigarettes, pesticides, charred meat, etc., increase your chances of developing breast cancer.
Here are some general recommendations gathered from various sources of breast cancer information that you may follow to reduce your breast cancer risk:
- Get about 10–15 minutes of exposure to full-spectrum sunlight. The UV B rays present in sunlight stimulate the production of vitamin D3 (toxic in high doses), a kind of steroid hormone that apparently boosts your immune system and inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
- Stimulate your lymph glands by gentle tapping for about one minute daily.
- Stimulate your breasts by gentle circular-motion massage starting from the nipple area, thrice a week, 3 minutes for each breast.
- Follow a low-fat (especially, animal fat), high-fiber diet consisting of whole grains and cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes and beans in place of meat.
- Get rid of obesity.
- Quit smoking and alcoholic beverages.
- Minimize the use of dairy products and animal proteins.
- Exercise regularly to sweat out the toxins.
- Supplement the diet with niacin and vitamin C.
- Eliminate stress from your life.
Even if you are genetically predisposed to develop breast cancer, taking these preventive measures might delay it or make it easier to deal with.