Over the course of a lifetime, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
Cancer has been around as long as mankind, but it was only less than a hundred years ago when the number of cases increased manifold that the medical profession rose and took serious notice. Contributing to this explosion are the excessive amounts of toxins and pollutants we are exposed to, high stress lifestyles, poor quality junk food that's full of pesticides that weaken the immune system.
As an ongoing process cancerous cells are always being created in the body. It's an ongoing process that has gone on for eons. Consequently, there are parts of your immune system that are designed to seek out and destroy cancer cells.
Cancer tumors begin when more cancerous cells are being created than an overworked, depleted immune system can destroy. Breast cancer isnot a mysterious disease that suddenly attacks you out of the blue, something that you can't do anything about. It has definite causes that you can correct if your body has enough time, and if you take action to change the internal environment to one that creates health, not cancer.
Breast Cancer usually does not cause early symptoms. This is why regular breast exams are important. As the cancer grows, symptoms may include a breast lump or lump in the armpit that is hard, has uneven edges, and usually does not hurt. A change in the feel of the breast or pus-like fluid coming from the nipple can be the early signs of impending breast cancer.
No matter what you may have heard about cancer being a death sentence, about how you'll suffer the ravages of chemotherapy and radiation therapy only to die in the end, here's hope.
Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. The majority of advanced breast cancer cases are found in women over age 50. You may also have a higher risk for breast cancer if you have a close relative who has had breast cancer. About 20 - 30% of women with breast cancer have a family history of the disease.
Some people have genes that make them more prone to developing breast cancer. If a parent passes you a defective gene, you have an increased risk for breast cancer. Women with this one defect alone have up to an 80% chance of getting breast cancer sometime during their life.
Women who get their periods early (before age 12) or went through menopause late (after age 55) have an increased risk for breast cancer. So do women who had late pregnancies.
Obesity has been linked to breast cancer, although this link is controversial. However, as a precaution, women could do well to avoid smoking and alcohol in excess.
Lastly, a healthy diet and lifestyle is known to do wonders.