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To get started: Check your breasts 3 days after your period ends (or on the first day of the month, if you no longer have periods). You may want to do this while you are in the shower. While your body is wet and soapy, use the pads of 3 fingers (using 3 kinds of pressure -- light, medium, and deep) to check both breasts for lumps. Move your fingers in circles or rows whichever is comfortable to you.
Areas to check:
Outside -- armpit to collar bone, and below breast
Middle -- the breast itself
Inside -- the nipple area.
Things to look for after you shower:
Liquid coming from your nipples
Puckering of the skin
Redness or swelling
Change in size or shape
Breast self-examination can also be done lying down in bed. Do the test in whatever place or position seems most comfortable and effective for you. If you feel any lumps or see any changes, call your doctor. REMEMBER: Women usually find lumps themselves. Most breast lumps are not cancer. Finding breast cancer early is your BEST CHANCE FOR CURE.
TRICARE : Official US Department of Defense military healthcare system website. Comprehensive! THE NEW THINKING ON BREAST CANCER, Time Magazine, US Edition, February 18, 2002 Vol. 159 No. 7 (or Asia Edition, February 25, 2002 Vol.159 No.7). "What every woman should know. The smartest drugs, the gentlest treatments, the latest on mammograms. Do mammograms work? Is chemotherapy necessary? Are the tiniest tumors being over-treated? The news on breast-cancer research that could save lives."
1. Rethinking Breast Cancer: A guide to saving lives
2. Estrogen: A villain and a possible savior
3. First Person: Molly Ivins - Who needs breasts, anyway?
4. Mammography: What all the fuss is about
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY is a nationwide, community- based voluntary health organization headquartered in Atlanta. Site contains information about the nature of breast cancer, causes, risk factors, and the latest strategies for prevention, diagnostic techniques, and treatment options.
1. Eat a variety of healthful foods, with an emphasis on plant sources.
-Eat 5 or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day.
-Choose whole grains in preference to processed (refined) grains and sugars.
-Limit consumption of red meats, especially those high in fat and processed.
-Choose foods that maintain a healthful weight.
2. Adopt a physically active lifestyle.
-Adults: engage in at least moderate activity for 30 minutes or more on 5 or more days of the week; 45 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous activity on 5 or more days per week may further enhance reductions in the risk of breast and colon cancer.
-Children and adolescents: engage in at least 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity at least 5 days per week.
3. Maintain a healthful weight throughout life.
-Balance caloric intake with physical activity.
-Lose weight if currently overweight or obese.
4. If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit consumption.
ADVOCACY / SUPPORT GROUPS
KOMEN'S BREAST CANCER INFO is a public service of the world-renowned Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. It has extensive facts and figures, Q&A, risk factors, US 1-800 contact, Race/Rally for a Cure schedule...more.
1. Get a routine mammogram. First mammogram at age 40; annually thereafter.
2. Breast exam should be part of routine medical checkup. If 20 or older, see your doctor once a year.
3. Do breast self-exam once a month. Sometimes a lump may be felt but not seen on a mammogram. If you find something unusual, see a doctor. A LUMP YOU FIND SHOULD NEVER BE IGNORED.
Things that may lower breast cancer risk and good for overall health:
1. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, soy foods. Eat less meat, fish,dairy.
2. Don't smoke. Stay away from second-hand smoke.
3. If you drink, drink moderately. Avoid hard liquor. Glass of wine with dinner ok.
4. Stay away from cancer-causing substances. No chemical weed/bug killers in home and garden. Use non-toxic cleaners, like baking soda, vinegar. Use glass and ceramic containers not plastic, especially in microwave.
5. Keep all electrical appliances as far away from your body as you can.
6. Be cautious and informed about all uses of medical radiation on your body.
7. Exercise reduces risk of breast cancer. Any amount is good. Build regular, rigorous exercise permanently into your life.
8. Stay informed about medical advancements.
GILDA'S CLUB WORLDWIDE "provides places where people with cancer and their families and friends join with others to build social and emotional support as supplement to medical care". Free of charge and nonprofit, it has affiliates in US, Canada, UK. Breast Cancer Myths (For the truths, go to NBCF.)
1. Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.
2. Men do not get breast cancer.
3. A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.
4. Having a family history of breast cancer places you in a higher risk group for breast cancer.
5. Breast cancer is a communicable disease.
6. Knowing you have changes in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene means you can prevent breast cancer.
7. A mammogram is a cure for breast cancer.
8. One mammogram is all you ever need.
9, A mammogram is not effective in detecting breast cancer in dense breast tissue.
10. Breast size affects the risk of breast cancer.
11. Women under the age of 50 do not benefit from mammograms.
12. Women with known risk factors are the only ones who get breast cancer.
13. All races have equal death rates from breast cancer.
14. Breast feeding causes breast cancer.
15. Self-examination is all that is needed to detect breast cancer.
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WEBMD is a comprehensive online health resource for authoritative info on health and medical matters, support communities and breaking news. Extensive health and med library. DRKOOP is a consumer healthcare network providing users "with trusted healthcare content, services and tools to empower them to better manage their health." HEALTHAtoZ links to health sites, complementary / alternative medicine, community chat / forums. HEALTHFINDER is a government guide to reliable info with links to federally-funded sites. MEDLINEPLUS is National Library of Medicine's consumer-health site Millions of articles on health and drug info, dictionaries, AMA and ADA directories. GOOGLE -- top search engine listing 290 (and growing) breast-cancer related sites. CNN/HEALTH provides latest updates on health issues.
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