Deeper Understanding on Breast Cancer
Did you know 3 in 4 women either diagnosed with breast cancer or know someone associated with this disease?
It is estimated that 12% of women in the U.S. will be facing this disease in her lifetime. This deadly disease affects both men and women of which women still remain the highest rate. While it is more common among U.S women; Asia, Africa, and Middle East are also on the incline within the last decade. Imagine by 2020, 70% of women in developing countries will have breast cancer.
What exactly is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that develops in the ducts and lobules, an area of the breast that produces milk. It can mature in one or both breasts. How can we prevent such a disease from taking over the life of women world wide? Understanding risk factors and doing frequent self breast exams can lead to early detection.
• Menstruating at an early age.
• Older age, older age at first birth or never having given birth.
• A personal history of breast cancer or benign (non-cancer) breast disease.
• A mother or sister with breast cancer.
• Treatment with radiation therapy to the breast/chest.
• Breast tissue that is dense on a mammogram.
• Taking hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.
• Drinking alcoholic beverages.
• Chemicals in environment, cosmetics, foods, household & health care products.
• Antiperspirants with aluminum zirconium and other aluminum compounds.
• Stress, lack of exercises, & diet containing trans-fats and triglycerides.
How to detect breast cancer…
A monthly self-examination for unusual lumps can assist with early detection and prevention.
Abnormal breast signs:
• Lump, hard knot or thickening
• Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening
• Change in the size or shape of the breast
• Dimpling or puckering of the skin
• Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
• Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
• Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
• New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away.
Tips for prevention:
1) Limiting alcohol consumption
2) Maintaining a healthy body weight
3) Staying physically active
4) Reducing the amount of fat in your diet &…
5) Live consciously.
Learn about the disease and pick up as much information as you can find about the disease will help one to deal with the concerns of developing breast cancer, or knowing someone who has been diagnosed with the disease.
Women who had breast cancer also found major benefits with administering aromatherapy while receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. Aromatherapy has been recognized as a natural alternative medicine to help with balancing the body, mind, emotion, & spirit through proper management of essential oils. Essential oils are the life force and soul of the plant which protects them from viruses, bacteria, mold, fungi, & pest. These oils are the byproducts of the plant’s secondary metabolism. Learning how to adopt these essences properly can offer great benefits safeguarding our body from diseases and viruses. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.
Essential Oils and its attributes:
Frankincense: sedative, breathlessness, bronchitis, skin infections, scars, diuretic, tonic
Helichrysum: antiseptic, anti inflammatory, eczema, dermatitis, burns, cuts, stimulate liver function
Lavender: calming, soothing, insomnia, migraine, pains, burns, bruises, blisters, hypertension
Lemon: diuretic, antiseptic, aerial disinfectant, acne, oily skin, gout
Peppermint: antispasmodic, indigestion, antiseptic, airborne disinfectant, spasm, stiff joints
Rose Geranium: antidepressant, eczema, wounds, burns, swelling, puffiness, hemorrhoids
Tangerine: sedative, antispasmodic, immune boosting, improve blood circulation, ease rash & dryness
Sandalwood: disinfectant, emollient, sciatica, eczema, oily skin, stress, fear, anxiety, irritability
Sweet Marjoram: sedative, migraine, detoxification, breathlessness, worry, hopelessness, stress
Deeper Understanding on Breast Cancer