Breast cysts are benign lumps or sacks filled with fluid as opposed to those full of benign or malignant cancerous cells. They can appear as single or multiple cysts in one or both breasts and are more common in women aged 30 to 60.
-The main risk factor for development of cysts is hormones because they are particularly common in pre-menopausal women and postmenopausal women on hormone replacement therapy. Other factors include vitamin D deficiency as well as excessive intake of caffeinated beverages or alcohol.
-If a cyst is causing you a lot of worry, you may have it drained, but be cautious that even drained cysts can fill up again. Another conventional treatment includes surgical removal, which is the most aggressive form.
-Last, but not least, you can choose to treat this c...
You are what you eat” is an adage known to everyone. But what we do before a meal also has a great impact on our health.
Bright Side is going to tell you about 9 things you can’t do on an empty stomach (no less than 2 hours after your last meal). As a bonus, you’ll find information about what you can do when you’re hungry at the end of the article.
9. Take anti-inflammations
Aspirin, paracetamol, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can’t be taken on an empty stomach. Not only does it reduce their effectiveness but it causes serious health problems (such as gastric bleeding) as well.
Advice: Milk lowers the negative effects of NSAIDs. If it’s not available, you can wash the drug down with plenty of water.
8. Drink coffee
Even decaffeinated coffee stimulates the pr...
Women have a tendency to suffer from a number of diseases and ailments throughout different stages of their lives. A now common form of disease that is enwrapping women is breast cancer. Here, the cancer cells are activated in the breast and can end up having detrimental consequences, including death. Several medical research work and awareness programs have helped immensely to reduce death rates. Among all, it is estimated that the women of the USA suffer from the highest rates of breast cancer. This happens almost every year to a large chunk of the population around the world.
-Cancer stems out of abnormal growth of a tumor, i.e. an increase in the number of a particular form of discarded cells that do not die and continue to multiply. Such malignant cells can grow anywhere in the bod...
Researchers around the world are working to find better ways to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer, and to improve the quality of life of patients and survivors.
Some of the many active areas of research include:
Breast cancer causes
Causes and treatment of metastatic breast cancer
Reducing breast cancer risk
Managing ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
New lab tests for breast cancer
New imaging tests for breast cancer
Breast cancer treatment
Breast cancer causes
Studies continue to uncover lifestyle factors and habits, as well as inherited genes, that affect breast cancer risk. Here are a few examples:
Several studies are looking at the effect of exercise, weight gain or loss, and diet on risk.
Studies on the best use of genetic testing for breas...
Changes or mutations in DNA can cause normal breast cells to become cancer. Certain DNA changes are passed on from parents (inherited) and can greatly increase your risk for breast cancer. Other lifestyle-related risk factors, such as what you eat and how much you exercise, can increase your chance of developing breast cancer, but it’s not yet known exactly how some of these risk factors cause normal cells to become cancer. Hormones seem to play a role in many cases of breast cancer, but just how this happens is not fully understood.
Inherited versus acquired DNA mutations
Normal breast cells become cancer because of changes (mutations) in DNA. DNA is the chemical in our cells that makes up our genes. Genes have the instructions for how our cells function. Some DNA mutations are inherited ...
Breast cancer treatments can cause persistent pain (weeks, months). Chronic pain is defined by a persistence of more than 3 months, but beyond the duration, are above all the intensity and the impact that alter the daily life and the quality of living. It is quite possible that a chronic pain is very inconvenient for the person concerned.
Breast-level surgery (mastectomy, lumpectomy)
During the surgery, especially when it concerns the lymph nodes of the armpit region, the nerves of the breast region can be damaged, resulting in a pain known as regional neuropathic. This pain, still called Intercosto brachial neuralgia, is moderate to strong for 10 to 24% of the women operated. The pain may appear immediately after surgery or occur after a free interval of a few weeks to several...
Mammograms could also detect cardiovascular disease. The presence of micro-calcification in the breasts would indicate their presence in the arteries as well.
A new study presented at the American College of Cardiology annual conference in Chicago (USA) suggests that mammography could also be used to detect cardiovascular disease in women. According to Dr. Harvey Hecht, head of the Cardiovascular Imaging department at the New York Mount Sinai Hospital, the detection of micro-calcification in the chest could indicate the presence of other small calcium deposits in the arteries, increasing the Cardiac risk.
For their study, published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, the researchers recruited 292 women who had performed a mammogram and a CT of the arteries in the past 12 months. Of...
Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumor in women. In 95% of cases, it is a adenocarcinoma. Some risk factors for breast cancer are known. Detected early, breast cancer cures in 9 out of 10 cases.
What about Breast cancer in MEN?
Mammary glands exist in men but are poorly developed. Breast cancer in men is very rare and accounts for less than 1% of all breast cancers. This is in most cases an infiltrating canal carcinoma.
Some factors may increase the possibility of a man being diagnosed with breast cancer:
Age: The risk of developing breast cancer for a man increases with age;
The existence of breast cancer cases in a close relative, both male and female;
Genetic predisposition: About 15% of men breast cancers are linked to a mutation inherited from the BRCA2 gene;
Professor Jean-Pierre Lotz, head of the medical Oncology department at the Post Hospital in Paris, gives some tips on how to live his cancer on a daily basis. The entire interview is featured in the Health Bubble podcast below.
■ Do not hide anything from the surroundings or as little as possible, because if the situation does not evolve as desired, the lie reinforces the concern. Have a clear, honest, reasonable speech.
■ A patient must tell the surrounding person the truth about the disease. As far as the employer is concerned, it is better to act cautiously. It all depends on the workplace, the professional environment and the employee-patient's confidence in the boss. It must be certain that everything that is said to the employer will not be broadcast, because only the patient can d...
The symptoms of a disease, are any abnormal manifestation caused by this disease. The symptoms listed below do not necessarily mean breast cancer. But if this is the case, it is important to detect it as soon as possible. It is therefore advisable to seek medical advice as soon as an anomaly is spotted. Do not wait and neglect any unusual signs.
A lump in a breast.
A lump or lump in a breast is the sign of most commonly observed breast cancer. This mass, usually non-painful, is most often of hard consistency and has irregular outlines. It also appears as "fixed" in the breast.A lump or lump in a breast is the sign of most commonly observed breast cancer. This mass, usually non-painful, is most often of hard consistency and has irregular outlines. It also appears as "fixed" in the breast.