More Power To You: The Power to Detect Breast Cancer is Literally in Your Hands
Breast Self-Examination is effective in determining 70% of breast abnormalities.
40% of diagnosed breast cancers are from women who felt a lump.
Breast cancer feels like a hard rock in the breast 78% of the time.
We know the truth: Giving yourself a breast exam is the last thing on your mind as you cherish the few minutes of peace and quiet you get in the shower each day! The truth of it is, if you want to keep wearing your favorite bras, you'll need to make sure that what fills them up is healthy. So next time you take a shower, take a minute to get to know yourself a little better.
3 Major Reasons You Should Examine Your Breasts
If you drink alcohol, are overweight, or are physically inactive, you are at higher risk for developing breast cancer.
Tip: Instead of hitting happy hour, one hour of running can burn upwards of 400 calories
If your mom had it, you could too: 20-30% of women who develop breast cancer have a family history of the disease.
The older you are, the higher your risk is: 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer over the course of a lifetime, and your risk increases as you get older. While 0.44 percent of women are diagnosed with breast cancer by age 30 (1 in 227), 3.82 percent of women are diagnosed with it by the age of 70 (1 in 26).
Tip: Starting at age 40, it's recommended that women get a yearly mammogram since the risk of breast cancer increases as you age. Don't skip out on this important ritual!
How To Give Yourself a Breast Exam
While there are several approaches to the self exam, our favorite method is in the shower. It'll give you an excuse to put off shaving your legs for an extra few minutes!
Put your hand behind your head to make sure the breast tissue is properly spread out
Press gently while moving your fingers in a circular fashion, from the outside of the breast to the nipple
Repeat on the other side
Do it at least once a month (or more if you're feeling really brave that day)
If You Find a Lump, Don't Panic
226,870 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer last year. While you might feel completely alone, you are anything but.
Finding a Doctor
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OBGYN: confirms diagnosis
Radiologist: Assesses the cancer
Oncologist: Treats the cancer
Reconstructive surgeon: Presents surgical options
When you're dealing with the stress of finding a lump, you may feel too overwhelmed to know what to do next. But thanks to websites that help you to find a doctor, read testimonials, and learn about financing options in advance, the process can be painless. Don't put it off! The sooner you find a local doctor, the sooner you can take action.
The Good News...
The good news is that your days of wearing sexy bras is not necessarily over. There are a lot of reconstructive options that will allow you to keep your curves, but ditch the cancer. A recent study proves that reconstruction will not only help you feel better when you look in the mirror, but improve your psychosocial and sexual well-being.
Saline implants have a lifespan of 10-15 years
Silicone feels more like a natural breast than saline
Fat transfer uses your own body's materials
Only 1 in 4 women with insurance women with insurance gets reconstructive surgery immediately after her mastectomy.
Don't be afraid to ask about what's next. Not only are some women never shown breast reconstruction surgery results, but previous research shows 7 out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer are never even told about their breast reconstruction options.
Less than a quarter (23%) of women know the wide range of breast reconstruction options available.
Only 22% of women are familiar with the quality of outcomes that can be expected.
Only 19% of women understand that the timing of their treatment for breast cancer and the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction greatly impacts their options and results.
While your bra may have been your only source for support in the past, you'll learn to rely on a different kind of push-up in the future: the breast cancer community and your doctor.
Be proactive about your health. Women that detect their cancer in Stage 1 have an 86% survival rate.
Sources: American Cancer Society, John Hopkins Medicine, BreastCancer****, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, National Cancer Institute
More than 80,000 healthcare workers and their communities from across the country and around the world joined together in the Medline Pink Glove Dance for breast cancer online video competition. After a hard-fought dance battle, the online votes are in and Medline is pleased to name Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., as the winner. As a result, $25,000 will be donated to their charity of choice, the American Cancer Society, providing free transportation for treatment to central Pennsylvania breast cancer patients in need. Additionally, Medline and participating hospitals will donate another $1 million to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and various local breast cancer charities nationwide. More than $2.2 million has been donated through the campaign and Medline Foundation since 2005.
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Coping with Mesothelioma Treatment
1. Mesothelioma is an asbestos linked cancer.
2. Diagnosis and treatment of a mesothelioma patient are a crucial stage to pass.
3. Diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer brings along negative emotions in the patient.
4. Counselors help the patient to find their inner strength.
5. Research has shown that the treatment options do not make the victim feel better.
6. Surgery is used to remove tumor that may cure mesothelioma.
7. Most of the treatment options come with side effects.
8. Connecting with faith will help the patient cope with the treatment.
9. American Cancer Society has produced a guide for cancer victims.
10. All illnesses with no definitive cure generate dejection and helplessness.
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When a man reaches his mid-40s, the area of the prostate that encircles the urethra begins to grow. This overgrowth of prostate tissue is called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. With continued growth, the expanding prostate may constrict the urethra, causing symptoms such as difficulty starting urination or a weak urine stream.
BPH occurs in approximately 31 percent of men between the ages of 50 and 59, 36 percent of men age 60 to 69, and 44 percent of those who are age 70 and older. Not all of these men experience urinary tract problems related to BPH, but many do. Although BPH can cause a number of bothersome symptoms, it is not life threatening.
Cancer of the prostate is a much more serious health problem than BPH. After skin cancer, it is the second most common cancer in American men and is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer deaths. In 2010, an estimated 218,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and about 33,000 died of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.
The good news is that today, reliable diagnostic tests and numerous treatment options are available, and death rates from prostate cancer are now on the decline. Nearly 100 percent of men are still alive five years after a prostate cancer diagnosis, more than 93 percent are alive 10 years after diagnosis, and approximately 79 percent are alive 15 years after diagnosis.
Although the symptoms of prostate cancer are similar to those of BPH, the conditions are not related. Having BPH neither increases nor decreases a man's risk of prostate cancer. In addition, it is possible for a man to have both conditions at the same time.
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In some ways, prostate problems, particularly BPH, are a natural part of growing older. Still, there are specific steps you can take to keep your prostate healthy.
A diet low in saturated fat and high in fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of developing BPH. Research is ongoing to identify who might benefit from early treatment to prevent BPH.
According to the American Cancer Society, most cases of prostate cancer can't be prevented. This is because prostate cancer's causes are still unknown. As with BPH, however, experts recommend eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
No herbal supplements have been proven to prevent prostate cancer. Studies of selenium, a mineral, have had mixed results, but the majority of the evidence shows no real benefit. Trials for drugs to prevent prostate cancer are also ongoing.
No activity or drug is known to prevent prostatitis. Experts recommend good hygiene, including keeping the penis clean. Most men will never develop prostatitis.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
The lymphatic system primarily consists of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the circulatory system's veins and capillaries. The vessels are connected to lymph nodes, where the lymph is filtered. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system.
Description of the lymphatic system
There are hundreds of lymph nodes in the human body. They are located deep inside the body, such as around the lungs and heart, or closer to the surface, such as under the arm or groin, according to the American Cancer Society.
The spleen, which is located on the left side of the body just above the kidney, is the largest lymphatic organ, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). It controls the amount of red blood cells and blood storage in the body, and helps to fight infection. If the spleen detects potentially dangerous bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms in the blood, it — along with the lymph nodes — creates white blood cells called lymphocytes, which act as defenders against invaders. The lymphocytes produce antibodies to kill the foreign microorganisms and stop infections from spreading. Humans can live without a spleen, although people who have lost their spleen to disease or injury are more prone to infections.
All men are at risk for developing prostate cancer. About one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, but only one man in 36 will die of this disease. About 80 percent of men who reach age 80 have prostate cancer cells in their prostate. Besides being male, there are other factors, such as age, race, and family history that may contribute to the risk.
Age. The greatest risk factor for prostate cancer is age. This risk increases significantly after the age of 50 in white men who have no family history of the disease and after the age of 40 in black men and men who have a close relative with prostate cancer. About two-thirds of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men age 65 and older. The older the patient, especially if they are over 70, the less aggressive the disease usually behaves.
Family history. Men whose relatives have had prostate cancer are considered to be at high risk. Having a father or brother with the disease more than doubles your risk for prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Having a brother with prostate cancer appears to increase your risk more than having an affected father does. That risk is even higher when there are multiple family members affected. Screening for prostate cancer should be started at age 40 in these men.
Studies have identified several inherited genes that appear to increase prostate cancer risk. Experts estimate that the hereditary form of prostate cancer accounts for just 5% to 10% of all cases.
There is no sure way to prevent prostate cancer. Many risk factors such as age, race, and family history can’t be controlled. But there are some things you can do that might lower your risk of prostate cancer.
Body weight, physical activity, and diet
The effects of body weight, physical activity, and diet on prostate cancer risk are not clear, but there are things you can do that might lower your risk, such as:
Eating at least 2½ cups of a wide variety of vegetables and fruits each day.
Being physically active.
Staying at a healthy weight.
To learn more, see our American Cancer Society Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention.