Awareness is the key to breast cancer prevention. If you have a family history of breast cancer, it is essential that you have regular medical tests and mammograms. Don't omit to check your breasts every month. Breast Self Examination can help in early detection of cancer. Women who have their children while in their mid-thirties run added risk of developing breast cancer. Breastfeeding the child reduces the risk of developing breast cancer.
Read on to find out how you can make dietary and lifestyle changes to prevent breast cancer. Breast cysts have often been said to be responsible for breast cancer. Look for ways to keep breast cysts at bay. Find out how you can prevent breast cancer recurrence.
Even after surgery, it is noticed that there is a chance of breast cancer recurrence in some women. With adequate adjuvant therapy, women have seen 'disease-free' years. But some types of breast cancer recurrence have been known to occur. Either there is a local recurrence of breast cancer, where there is recurrence at original tumor location or there is regional recurrence in the general area such as the chest or underarms. Distant recurrence is when cancer is identified in any other area of the body.
Adequate intake of antioxidants during and after breast cancer treatment reduces chances of breast cancer recurrence. Regular intake of Vitamins C and E are known to provide a protective effect against breast cancer recurrence.
Preventing recurrence of cancer is possible with regulated use of chemotherapy after surgery so as to destroy any remaining cancerous cells. Drugs such as Tamoxifen and Trastuzumab are also prescribed to prevent breast cancer recurrence. But none of the above are guaranteed against recurrence of breast cancer.
Preventing breast cysts
Your diet can help you prevent breast cysts to a large extent. Include fish such as salmon, trout and mackerel to benefit from the Omega-3 fatty acids, iodine and healthy oils they contain. Beta carotene, either from food or supplements can be taken as it is converted into Vitamin A by the body.
Iodine has a beneficial effect on fibrocystic disease and is necessary for functioning of the thyroid. Hypothyroidism is linked to fibrocystic disease. Wheat germ oil, flaxseed oil and sunflower seed oil are known to benefit cystic breast condition. Benefit from the germanium found in garlic and onions. Reduce intake of dairy and meat products.
Application of Vitamin E oil or primrose oil on the breasts can alleviate the tenderness and gentle massage can move liquids out of the breast area into the lymph passages. Nicotine is known to stimulate cystic growth, therefore avoid smoking. Drink plenty of water to aid better functioning of the blood and lymphatic system.