Many people only care about the way their breasts look instead of the health of it. Although breast cancer is on the rise many women ignore it and do not practice self examination on their breasts. Also, some women do not know how to check their own breasts for cancer. Here are a few tips on how to do self examination on breasts. You will need to stand in front of a mirror to do this. Observe your breasts and turn to each side. Healthy breasts means:
-No discharge from the nipple
-It is not red, painful or swollen
-No sore on the nipple or areola
-The shape is not flat or bulging
It is better to do self examination after your menses and do it monthly. Digital examination is not required anymore because it gives too many false alarms. But, if you are over 40, make an appointment for a yearly mammogram.
By doing self examination you can detect the cancer earlier, which make it easier to treat. Most women experience breast pain though they are healthy. Be aware of health problems related to breasts in order to get healthy breasts.
Breast pain either appears with lumps or not is the most common situation experienced by women. It is one of the systems to fibrocystic but sometimes it is just hormone changing for menses, menopause and puberty. Older women are more sensitive to breast pain due to the change of hormone. Like most pain, breast pain is either mild or uncomfortable which the pain is described as being stab. Many women also feel heaviness in their breasts during their premenstrual. To avoid having breast pain, wear a proper bra; eat a balanced-diet and decrees in taking salt and caffeine.
Lumpiness in the breasts is cause to the milk gland and other fibrous structures which cause the lumpiness. Lumpiness in the breast is normal and more likely to have it during menses. Women do not have fibrocystic disease when there is the existence of lumps in their breasts. This is because having lumps is not health hazard, it doesn’t mean that women have cysts and it is not a disease.
In order to become familiar with the texture of the breast, women should perform self examination frequently. If you feel a lump in your breast, you should get it check out by a doctor. Lumps can be in any shapes and sizes. To make sure it is lump and not lumpiness, be sure that it feels hard and in a weird shape. You should see a doctor if the lump is still there after one or two menstrual cycle.
When milk producing glands enlarge, breast cysts are filled with fluid. The fluid is formed due to imbalance of absorption and production of fluid. There can be one cyst while some are group up to the size of a ping pong ball. Large cysts are often not detectable through digital examination. Cysts are common in women age 40-60 but most of it will disappear in time. Cyst is not cancerous.
You can see calcification layers of calcium in breast tissue through mammogram. The intake of calcium has nothing to do with this benign. At times it is a sign to breast cancer while some, it is not.
What we eat make us who we are, is true because food control how our body work. Women should take 1,000 to 1,500mg of calcium everyday. Aside from that consume lots of vegetables and fruits consist of beans and soy. Make sure you drink about eight glasses of water everyday or else you will be dehydrated.