Breast cancer – symptoms, causes and treatment
In the most common types: Lumps are firm, do not go away, and are generally pain free. Lumps which do not move around may be malignant or may not be. In another type: There is itching, redness, and soreness of the nipple.
In yet a third type: The breast becomes extremely tender and appears infected with something.
These three are explained in more detail below.
Breast cancer is a leading cause of malignant death among women in the United States. Women over forty are more likely to develop breast cancer than younger women. Lung cancer kills about 56,000 women in America each year, and breast cancer is responsible for the death of about 46,000.
It is vital that early detection be made. Discussions of how to carry out breast self-examination are readily available elsewhere and need not be repeated here. As you conduct it, watch for subtle changes in the breast. You are looking for special types of lumps in the breast. These lumps are firm, do not go away, and are generally pain free. Lumps which do not move around may be malignant or may be caused by normal fibrocystic changes during the menstrual cycle. The experts say a biopsy will detect what kind of lump it is.
But you should know that biopsies can be dangerous. A biopsy is a slice of the tissue which is then sent to a lab for microscopic examination. The problem is that slicing any suspected tissue—immediately releases its cancer (if any is present) into the body, where it can more rapidly spread. You may or may not choose to have biopsies made, but you should be aware of this fact.
You will often hear it said that “1 in 9” women will contract breast cancer—but that is sometime within a lifetime. The average 30-year-old white woman has a 1 in 5,900 chance of getting it; at 50 years, it is 1 in 430.
There are several different types of breast cancer. Most of them are similar, producing lumps described above. But a few are different:
Paget’s disease of the nipple affects the nipple, and cannot be detected by a self-examination. Cancer cells have migrated to the nipple. The symptoms are itching, redness, and soreness of the nipple. This form of cancer only occurs when a different form of cancer is present elsewhere in breast tissue. Inflammatory carcinoma is a different type. The skin thickens and turns red. The breast becomes extremely tender and appears infected with something. The lymphatic system and blood vessels have become clogged because of a tumor. This type of cancer spreads very rapidly. Professionals recommend a biopsy; but, if you choose not to do so, you must be planning to go on an intense natural remedies cleansing, to eliminate the problem. Whatever you do, you had better set to work and do it.
• It is well to keep in mind that people have undergone the orthodox cancer routine of surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation and have survived while others have died. There are those who have taken the natural remedies route, with the same end results. No one can, or ought to, decide for you; the decision is yours.
• In the late 1980s, researchers discovered that women develop breast cancer far more frequently in certain localities than in others. Analyzing those locations, it was discovered that they are those areas where there tends to be less sunlight throughout the year. For example, northwestern California, the western slopes of Oregon and Washington, and the Northeast had a far greater number of breast cancer cases than did Florida, Texas, Arizona, and southern California. The solution: Take sunbaths whenever you can, throughout the year; sunlight is important for maintaining good health, purifying the body, and resisting infection.
• Breast cancer more often occurs in women who started menstruation early in their youth, had a late menopause, gave birth later in life, had a family history of breast cancer, developed obesity after menopause, and had a history of alcoholism and eating a high-fat diet.
• Research indicates that those who take oral contraceptives are 3 times more likely to develop breast cancer. Silicone (used in breast implants) causes cancer in test animals. Those who develop breast, and other, cancers have less vitamin A in their bodies.
• Eat a nutritious diet centered around fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. Eat garlic and onions. Drink distilled water and fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Get extra fiber.
• Do not eat too much soy or peanut products.
• Avoid meat; dairy products; alcohol; caffeine; nicotine; and processed, fried, whiteflour, and junk foods. Do not take supplements containing iron.
• You should examine your breasts regularly. Procedures for doing this, and what to watch for, are discussed in many other books. You will be able to detect initial changes better than anyone else. If you experience itching, redness, and soreness of the nipples—especially if you are not currently breast-feeding a baby—check with a physician. You might have Paget’s disease of the nipple, a form of cancer.