Transfer and Proliferation of Breast Cancer

And a few types of cancer, such as thyroid cancer similar to the natural history of breast cancer usually is very long, breast cancer cells, the doubling time for an average of 90 days, from the beginning of a malignant cell, after 30 times doubled, to reach the tumor Lcm diameter of the sphere, which will take seven to eight years. The cause of breast cancer has not yet completely clear, the best way to reduce mortality is early detection and early treatment. In tumor metastasis, surgery and radiotherapy alone can cure the vast majority of cases. Once transferred, the only cure is also positive for a small number of patients, so the natural law understanding of breast cancer. Help choose the best breast cancer treatment programme.

Breast cancer directly to the expansion around, the lymphatic and blood flow. The lymph nodes should be to prevent cancer cells from the primary tumor Yat, the first barrier, if cancer cells through the lymph node barrier is usually recidivism supraclavicular lymph nodes and then penetrated into the blood vein. In addition to the transfer axillary lymph node cancer, also involving the parasternal lymph nodes, for more than the second and third and fourth intercostal, in the first half of breast cancer in the area and areola more so, from here then repeat lymph node cancer. Breast cancer cells may also directly cause vascular invasive metastasis. Side by intercostal thoracic vein into the ipsilateral unknown vein into the pulmonary circulation. Breast deep tissue, breast and chest wall into the vein axillary vein into the subclavian vein and unknown vein, lung metastasis is an important way, the flow of qi intercostal vein and the vein-odd vein, the superior vena cava last Rufei, Ki Venous system through intervertebral vein, vertebral venous plexus, after the group connected with the vertebral vein, vertebral venous system and the vena cava blood flow in intra-abdominal pressure can change the flow of each other, so that some patients in the absence of a superior vena cava ( Such as the lungs) transfer before a skull, spine, Pengu, such as the transfer.

For a long time, people found that breast cancer may have been in attendance at the distant metastasis, despite the clinical was not attending to, this constitutes a conservative implementation of the theoretical basis for chemotherapy. According to today has been able to tumor size, lymph node involvement in the number and variety of other biological characteristics of a preliminary estimate of distant metastases minimal level of risk exists.

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Osteoporosis Drugs and Breast Cancer

Raloxifene and breast cancer. There has been a great deal of press interest recently in whether the osteoporosis drug Raloxifene can have an impact on the outcome for breast cancer patients. But what's the evidence? Does this drug reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer?

The recent press reports all related to an extracted subgroup of patients from another research project. That trial was designed to look at heart disease - not breast cancer - but the data was re analysed and extrapolated to look at breast cancer in some of the women who took this medication. The study seems to show that the drug reduces the risk of invasive oestrogen-receptor positive breast cancer in these women, regardless of any underlying risk factors

This was a large study and it backs up other reports which also seem to show a benefit from Raloxifene in terms of breast cancer in women after the menopause. The latter point here may be important - after the menopause.

But is there a place for the medication in the prevention of new breast cancer cases? That answer still remains elusive so we don't know if it should be given to healthy women as a way of reducing breast cancer risk.

Cancer experts are encouraged by the results but warn that this trial was conducted in a particular group of postmenopausal women with heart disease and that therefore the results may not necessarily be applicable to other women - and further research will be needed to confirm the findings. Some commentators have also raised worries that this study was primarily designed to investigate the effects of raloxifene in reducing the risk of heart disease - which it didn't do. They fear that the number of women in the trial might not have been big enough to properly assess breast cancer risks.

Also - before getting too excited about this new data we should remember that any benefit of taking this medication to reduce risk of breast cancer must be balanced against the risk of treatment - in particular the drug is known to increase the risk of thrombosis and an increased risk of fatal stroke was reported in the study.

Lastly - any benefit of taking it in women who already have oestrogen-receptor positive invasive breast cancer was not investigated by this study. We really need to hold fire for a while yet before we can draw any real conclusions.

Gordon Cameron is a physician in Edinburgh Scotland. He has a special interest in breast cancer symptoms since his wife Marjory underwent breast cancer treatment recently.

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Causes of Breast Cancer - Still a Mystery?

If you do your research, you'll find that the information given still points to the "I don't know, but here are the risk factors" lame explanation. What a lot of you know what! Sometimes I wonder if the people who write these things really think it through.

Here's what I mean... "most women who develop breast cancer have no risk factors other than simply being a woman and getting older (especially being over 50). Talk to your doctor about your risk... blah, blah, blah.

Wouldn't a better explanation be... "most women who develop breast cancer have no risk factors other than simply being a woman and getting older (especially being over 50),... because the older you get the weaker your immune system gets, and puts you more at risk to any kind of disease, including breast cancer or any other cancer. And by the way... your immune system has been slowly failing you since the age of 30 because of all the crap you eat!"

Ok, I'm harsh... but I've been known to tell it like it is! Other risk factors for breast cancer include...

Having had breast cancer before. No kidding. If you know anything about cancer, your odds of getting it again doubles, but I won't get into that.

A family history of breast cancer (especially in a mother, sister or daughter diagnosed before menopause.

Family history of ovarian cancer.

An above-average exposure to the hormone estrogen, which your body naturally produces, perhaps because you have never given birth or gave birth for the first time after age 30.

Began menstruating at a young age.

Reached menopause later than average.

Have taken hormone replacement therapy (estrogen plus progestin) for more than five years.

Dense breast tissue (as shown on a mammogram).

A history of breast biopsies showing certain breast changes, such as an increased number of abnormal cells that are not cancerous (atypical hyperplasia).

Radiation treatment to the chest area (for example, to treat Hodgkin lymphoma), especially before age 30.

Some factors slightly increase your risk of breast cancer. You may be at slightly higher risk if you are obese (especially after menopause), drink alcohol, take birth control pills (the Pill).

Some women develop breast cancer without having any of these risk factors. Most women with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.

Notice the last statement above, and more specifically "most women with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease." Which proves my point... most women who get breast cancer have none of the above (like my ex-wife who died at the young age of 44).

So what's with all these suppositions on the causes of breast cancer? Bottom line folks... cancer is cancer (breast or otherwise), and you get it because of a weakened immune system, and an imbalance in your cells caused by a variation of outside elements invading your body which I will not go into here.

You should know that in countries where people consume low fat diets, there are many less cases of cancer (breast or otherwise). Thinner people, active people, are less likely to get diseases for obvious reasons!

Wyatt Schell is a freelance writer and contributor to the exclusive cancer help resource, Discover how 1000's of women have cured their breast cancers through alternative breast cancer treatment.

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Alcohol and Its Effects on Breast Cancer

As studies have shown, estrogen is the hormone that fuels 80% of breast cancer cases.
Any type of alcohol, be it beer, wine, spirits or something else can change hormonal levels. It is important to note that it is not the alcohol (in say wine) that protects you, but the flavonoids and antioxidants. What determines risk the the alcohol itself and the quantity in which it is consumed.

As a general rule a safe guideline for alcohol consumption is five ounces of wine, twelve ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of liquor. That breaks down to around one drink per day. If you have two your risk for developing breast cancer increases by 10%, and having three drinks will increase that risk to 30%.

In fact this equals smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Regular drinking raises your estrogen level, thereby exposing your breast tissue and can activate the cells to become cancerous.

As a rule, alcohol should be avoided if you are addicted, are or could become pregnant, have a medical condition that is affected by alcohol or re taking any medication that could have side effects when mixed with alcohol.

Studies have shown that women who do not drink alcohol are at a much lower risk for developing breast cancer than those that start. Similarly, those that drink alcohol heavily or to excess ("falling down drunk") consistently (more than two or three times per day) are at a much greater risk.

To minimize the effect of alcohol as a risk factor, the strategy is simple. Drink moderately and not in great quantities, never drink when pregnant. You may even choose to not drink alcohol altogether, instead drinking sparkling juice or alcohol free wine and beer. Ultimately, as we have seen, in very moderate quantities, alcohol can help you decrease your risk, but overindulgence can have the opposite effect.

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Breast Cancer,Tamoxifen and Hair Loss "One Woman's Solution!"

On what should have been a beautiful late spring day two years ago, soon turned into tragedy for two women (Helen and Denise) in their early 40's when they both were diagnosed with invasive-
hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.They were very much alike, these two women. Both were happily married. Both had three children and both held down full time jobs. They were two bright and ambitious women who without realizing it, entered into a bond on that numbing, spring afternoon.

Both underwent several lymph node removals and a lumpectomy. Both endured the effects of 6 weeks of radiation therapy. Neither had to endure the grueling effects of chemotherapy. Both were determined to beat this monster that had invaded their bodies. Both bonded as close friends and when the feelings of hopelessness began to creep into their thoughts they had each other as confidants to lift up their spirits. They stood together, without ever having to alarm their families of their inner fears that their cancer would return.

With the conclusion of their treatments they both resumed their everyday routines and tried to reclaim a sense of normalcy back into their lives. They both were prescribed Tamoxifen for the next five years. Tamoxifen is very effective in preventing reoccurrence in invasive hormone-receptor-positive breast
cancer. Unknown to Denise, she was not yet finished with the challenges that this demon called cancer forced her to face.

Although, Tamoxifen does have some side effects it is relatively safe and thousands upon thousands of women take it daily without experiencing any side effects at all. Helen scarcely noticed any changes while taking the drug. She returned to work part-time at first, but quickly resumed her role as wife, mother and full time employee. One would scarcely believe that she had ever undergone cancer treatments and she glowed once again with signs of good health.

Denise on the other hand didn't fair quite as well. She noticed immediately that her hair was starting to fall out. Sometimes averaging 200 strands a day. After two weeks of being on Tamoxifen and experiencing this rapid hair loss she was seriously considering discontinuing its use. The radiation therapy that was used to spare her life had left her tired and listless. Tamoxifen that was used to prevent the cancer from returning, was thinning her hair and most of all destroying her self esteem.

She researched the prescription medication Rogaine, but found the chemical name (minoxidil) had side effects as well. Rogaine was also very expensive and time consuming. She had contemplated ovary removal. Her reasoning being, she was positive that her family was complete. She quickly dismissed that thought not wanting to undergo anymore surgeries.

She then looked into Aromasin an FDA approved aromatase inhibitor. Aromasin was given to women with early stage disease, but who had already undergone 2 to 3 years of Tamoxifen. The next inhibitor that she looked into was Femara. Although, FDA approved for early stage breast cancer she needed to have completed 5 years of Tamoxifen. The third inhibitor was called Ariminex. This is given to patients with early stage disease and directly after surgery. After discussing this with her Doctor, she immediately switched from Tamoxifen to Ariminex.

Hair loss was the primary reason Denise switched from Tamoxifen to Ariminex. She had no other side effects with this drug, but as vanity would have it she just didn't want to become bald. After taking Ariminex for just under four months she realized that she had traded one cosmetic side effect for another that was physical. Denise was still experiencing slight hair loss, but was now suffering from excruciating joint pain.

Her Doctor explained that by taking Tamoxifen, her continuing hair loss just might have been caused by the drug giving her a nudge into menopause. Women who enter menopause, because of the lower estrogen sometime experience hair loss. He also explained that everyone's tolerance was different for these drugs and he could prescribe Femara for her instead of Ariminex. By this time Denise was taking extended release Tramadol for joint pain and felt exhausted and defeated. She was still not capable of returning to work, even though it had been almost a year since she had been first diagnosed with breast cancer.

Financially Denise and her family were barely making ends meet. Without her much needed paycheck, the household bills were accumulating. Her once vibrant marriage was suffering and the talk of their separation was only silenced by the tears in their children's eyes. In one year everything she and her family had worked for appeared ready to come crashing down!

Denise was still contemplating whether she should begin taking Femara or stop taking all drugs altogether.

That morning she received a phone call that would change her life. It was Helen. Her confidant through the worst of times had called to find out how she was doing. It wasn't long before Denise's emotions came spilling out. Through tears and laughter Helen and Denise were once again reunited, and Denise was no longer fighting this battle, seemingly alone.

Helen who did and continues to work in the organic and natural food business, was saddened that Denise had not confided in her earlier on her struggles. She was delighted with the thought that she may be able to help her ailing friend.

Upon hearing Denise's story it was clear to Helen that the only side effect that Helen's brief taking of Tamoxifen had was hair loss. Because of those two simple four letter words (hair loss) the past year for Denise and her family had turned into a roller coaster of spiraling downward turns.

After a very long in depth discussions with Helen, Denise decided to take her advice and begin taking Shen Min. Shen Min is an herbal product that has literally changed Denise's life. She discontinued Ariminex, and immediately felt a difference with her joints.She was then able to discontinue the use of Tramadol for joint pain, because she no longer suffered pain. She chose not to begin taking Femara, but instead decided to resume taking Tamoxifen, since other then hair loss there were no other side effects.

As Helen explained it to Denise, the Shen Min Advanced Formula for Women was actually extending her hairs growth phase, therefore reducing the amount of hairs that were in the resting and fallout phase. This herbal supplement had no side effect and the results were noticed within a month. It seemed like such a simple solution, yet Denise had suffered miserably for almost a year, by taking medications that lead to side effects without realizing that there are natural products that can be taken with conventional medication.

Helen's introducing Denise to Shen Min literally changed her life. She is doing very well on Tamoxifen with no side effects. Her hair loss is at an acceptable normal rate and she is now back to work full time. She is no longer on any pain medications and her marriage is becoming stronger and back on the right track.

Although, this cancer/hair loss story does get somewhat complicated, it is insightful. If Denise had known about Shen Min when she first started on Tamoxifen she would have spared herself months of suffering with severe joint pain because of the Ariminex. Although aromatase inhibitor Ariminex is side effect free for the majority of its prescribed patients, Denise's body for what ever reasons was unable to tolerate this medication.

The bottom line is that there is help for anyone who has unwanted hair loss. Shen Min has natural products consisting of capsules, topical formula's and even herbal shampoo's that can help hair loss in both men and women. If you or someone you know is suffering from hair loss, even if it is through genetics Shen Min just might be your answer to thinning hair.

Kimberly enjoys studying numerology,astrology,parapsychology and experimenting with herbal remedies. She has been a canine stylist for over 10 years. She is a strong advocate for pancreatic cancer research and helping people become aware of the torture that dogs endure in puppy mills. Stop puppy mills

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Fight Like a Girl - Share Our Stories, Share Our Strengths

Traveling while working in Colorado this summer I got to renew my relationship with some high school friends. I was in Kris & Steve's wedding, we were inseparable in high school. Aside from yearly Christmas letter exchanges and a few reunion rendezvous back home in San Diego over the years, we were off living our own lives. I am questioning how that happens, that we become disconnected and also realizing that in the growing and changing, perhaps it is inevitable that we need to go in our own directions for a time.

I am sensing another "book" just on this ebb and flow of relationships but won't diverge down that road right now. I had no idea at the time how the impact of what seemed like a chance connection, would continue to grow. We had a great couple of days spent catching up and feeling like there had not been this distance of some 20 years since our last face to face. Kris has always been, in my mind, an "akuna matada" kind of gal.

I don't think she would argue with me in saying that she has always been easy going, content to be an Indian, never aspiring to be the chief. Don't be mislead, this is not say that she is or was a pushover, she's just... Kris. Fun, easy to be with, interesting and interested but not one that you'd find at the front of a picket line, she is a kind of anti-drama Queen, if you will. Kris was diagnosed with breast cancer several months ago and opted for a radical route; both breasts were removed. When a well meaning friend compassionately expressed her sorrow at her loss, Kris's attitude was a straight forward, resounding, "heck they served their use and there is something wrong with them, what do I want to hold onto them for?" We all do and say what we can. The community outreach has been astounding.

Both she and Steve have spent their working lives in the respective elementary school's where Steve is a Principal and Kris works in administration. Between their two schools, the organization of meal deliveries and support has and continues to be an awesome thing to behold. Karma at its best. They have given a lot to their community and it is being returned twofold. The numbers of women who have and are intimately involved with this "fight" seem to come out of the woodwork. This is a disease that is truly at epic proportions, simply mention the words, "breast cancer," and listen to the stories unfold.

This disease touches every single one of us. A good reason to stand at the front of some picket line, I am just not sure quite yet where that line is, but you can bet I 'll be the one up at the front when I find it. In the meantime, there is something we can all do. Please add to your favorites and click to give free mammograms. It is free, it is easy, make it a part of your daily routine. After her first chemotherapy session she called for a party to shave her head. Kris sent me "the photo" this week. She is calling herself "GI Kristina Jane." She takes my breath away. I cried until there were no tears left. I'd been slammed straight in the gut with the cold hard reality that my friend is un-deniably, no way around it, battling cancer. As I find my breath again I am so struck by her clear and present beauty. I want to say it is her eyes, or maybe her smile, her radiant face that is now un-obscured with hair and I know that's not it. It is simply her presence. And she is present, meeting this disease on her terms, with a tenacity that I would put up against Demi Moore's character of GI Jane any day.

The story goes; a daughter visits her mother, she is distraught with how her life is going, she is tired of fighting and struggling and is ready to give up. Her mother takes her into the kitchen and proceeds to fill three pots with water, placing them each on a high flame. As the pots come to a boil she places carrots in the first, eggs in the second and coffee beans in the last. Without saying a word they sit and watch them boil. After 20 minutes, her mother shuts the stove off. She fishes the carrots out and places them in a bowl. She does the same with the eggs and then ladles the coffee into its own bowl. She turns to her daughter and says "tell me what you see?" A little confused she says, "carrots, eggs and coffee." At this point, she brings the bowls closer to her, and asks her to "feel" the carrots, which she notes are soft. The mother then asks the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observes the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asks the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter, smiling as she tastes its rich aroma asks, "What does it mean, mother?" Her mother explains that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? I am still finding my way in and out of that hot water and I stand in awe as I have the honor and the distinct privilege of witnessing my friend Kris, be the coffee, sharing her story in how she is "fighting like a girl", giving all she's got and then some. As women, we share our strengths when we share our stories, allowing others to stand on our shoulders.

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Discover the Best Foods For Breast Cancer

In addition to the standard treatments and way to prevent breast cancer, you must also consider that diet can be an important factor in the defense against this disease. But many people today are unsure as to what would constitute a good diet that would help in this fight.

Firstly, antioxidant-rich food should be in your diet. The good news is, it probably already is. Foods which are antioxidant-rich include: blueberries, squash and especially tomatoes as these in particular also help men in defense of prostate cancer.

Vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are good as well. These are known as leafy greens and aid in production of chlorophyll. You should also considered supplementing your diet with vitamins such as B, C and calcium. A multivitamin will take care of this need.

Omega-3 fatty acids are recommended as well. These can be found in fish such as salmon and tuna and most recently in specially developed eggs. For sources of protein, red meat can be used in moderation as too much leads to complications with the heart. Other sources of protein include tofu and soy as well as the fish listed above. Two servings of fish a day are a general recommendation. Fish oils high in Omega-3 are also becoming popular as they have been proven to be effective against tumor growth and can make a patient more receptive to radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

The key is to design a diet based on your needs and wants and to have everything in moderation. A healthy diet does not mean the complete absence of junk food, it just means that you decrease your intake. This is one part of the holistic approach to breast cancer treatment and prevention.

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The Truth About Breast Cancer and Fat

There are many studies that show a correlation between the amount of hydrogenated fat we consume and the development of breast cancer. We know that we need some fat in order to have a healthy body, however the trouble is figuring out which fat is the good kind. Anything that includes Omega-3 fatty acids is good. This can include fish, such as albacore, salmon and tuna, eggs and even yogurt. In fact yogurt has another benefit in pro-biotics which aid the body's immune system. Lean meat can be substituted for the fattier steaks and beef as well.

Another factor is the amount that we consume. Someone that is larger (say a man of 6'2) will naturally eat more than say a woman who is 5'0. Thus the more we eat the more risk we run of eating the wrong thing and developing breast cancer. In this case it is of course the type of fat we ingest regularly, however it is also a function of overall nutrition as well. According to studies, people with a higher fat content in their diet also have a higher estrogen level and lower excretion of the hormone as well.

However, a diet that balances the fat intake with healthy alternatives such as green vegetables and antioxidant fruits such as blueberries and nuts have lower risk. There is the possibility that a body that is over-nourished is at risk for developing breast cancer more-so than one that has more of a balance between intake and output.

Therefore, vegetarians are at a very low risk for developing breast cancer as they excrete more estrogen which leaves less to build up. There is also growing evidence that certain vegetables, antioxidants in particular, which contain vitamins A, C and E, may be protective against breast cancer.

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How to Fight Breast Cancer With Green Tea

There are many options when you are attempting to fight breast cancer. From, keeping fit, to eating right to various medicine there is no shortage of choices. However, there is one that you may not have considered - green tea.

"Green tea?," you ask. "Green tea," says I. And here's why: green tea contains antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols which aid in preventing the formation of cancer cells, and will also kill existing cancer cells and stop their progression, and will aid in lowering breast cancer risk and in preventing it entirely. In fact in one study, taken using women with varying stages of breast cancer, it was found that those that drank the most tea, experienced the least amount of cancer progression.

Recent studies have also shown that green tea is effective in fighting off other forms of cancer as well. It has been found that men you drink green tea dramatically reduce their risk of prostate and breast cancer, compared with men that do not. Studies also showed that women that had ovarian cancer and who drank green tea consistently were able to live longer than those that did not.

Green tea has been found to slow the growth of colorectal, esophagal, and stomach cancer cells and stunt the development of skin, bladder and pancreatic cancer cells. In each case, the subjects that drank green tea invariably lived longer than those that did not.

Is green tea a miracle cure? There is no such thing however it can significantly help reduce the risk of developing many different types of cancer. Along with a preventative plan, you can decrease your chances of developing any form of cancer and increase your survival chances as well.

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Chocolate Models of Yumminess May Help Breast Cancer

Eating chocolate models of dark chocolate candy, is good for you! For women all over the world, deciding the worlds finest chocolate, can be a difficult thing. But are there health benefits? Before whizzing off exchanging chocolate chip cookie recipes, let's think about the symptoms of breast cancer, and ask ourselves if these health benefits may be of use to us.

Chocolate models of yumminess can be full of antioxidants, due to the beans being from the Cacao tree. However the actual amount of antioxidants available to help us, depends on the processing having been done. We need these antioxidants to help control and neutralise damaging free radicals in our body. Some cheaper commercial brands can be found to be overly processed, therefore reducing antioxidants we can utilise.

Dark chocolate candy is the preferable type to have. It has a higher amount of antioxidants available due to the higher cocoa content. When you choose your favourite rich indulgence, aim for 70% cocoa. It can taste stronger and almost bitter to some, but you want and need less of it. Having all these anti cancer compounds and antioxidants in your body is fantastic! Not only may they help your body generally, but they may help your body resist breast cancer.

Keep an eye on the sugar and fat content of your choice. And don't think you need to finish the complete bar! With fuller flavours, often a smaller portion is enough to satisfy you. Forget family battles over the chocolate war! Take your time to enjoy your version of the worlds finest chocolate. Whatever your choice is, remember to appreciate its taste, aroma and enjoy, knowing that you may be helping your body at the same time. And what about me? Well, I intend on having a piece of dark chocolate in a moment, along with a glass of red, and will put my feet up and enjoy getting my dose of antioxidants - I will walk our dog later!

Suzanne Early
Suzie likes to share down to earth, easy to understand information on breast cancer basics, with warmth and sensitivity. Having a friend with breast cancer and a career in Adult Education, Suzie understands how important it is to share and learn about this women's issue, in the hope that other women will be encouraged and empower themselves, becoming proactive in their breast health. Early detection is key!

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Living With Breast Cancer

Do you or someone you know have breast cancer? I also live with breast cancer every day. There is no known cure for breast cancer, but there are things that you can do, while living with breast cancer, which also means, keeping your breast cancer in remission. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago, and I live a completely normal lifestyle and you can too. The answer is lots of prayer and a complete lifestyle makeover.

Changing your lifestyle is not always easy but, little steps at a time can bring you great results. It is very important to keep a positive frame of mind, while living with breast cancer, do not fear your breast cancer, but educate yourself on the advance medication and treatments that are available to you. One of the most informative magazines available on the market today, is CURE magazine. It is very informative, and it can bring you the latest information about cancer research and treatments.

If you or someone you know has any kind of cancer, you can get this magazine for free. If you are considering chemotherapy or radiation, learn to prepare yourself before these treatments. I decided to take partial radiation treatments, and no chemotherapy treatments, due to the devastating effect that chemotherapy has on the human body.

I believe that not taking chemotherapy treatment is part of what saved my life. If you are planning on taking chemotherapy or radiation you must prepare yourself before these treatments, by building up your immune system. Please remember that by the time you have been diagnosed with any kind of cancer, this is a sign that your immune system has been severely compromised, which allows cancer to set in. There are things that you can do to buildup your weakened immune system. It's been a long journey, but I've learned many things about living with breast cancer, and so can you.

I am a cancer advisor, guiding people on the road to viewing cancer in a whole new light. People need to know that there's life AFTER cancer. Being a 5 year cancer survivor I have learned many things. As I continue to guide folks on their continued journey, people become at ease, therefore able to uncover concealed hurt and pain hidden away like an old treasure map.There's much to learn about the release of guilt and pain, in order to begin the healing process. One must unite the spiritual and physical body back as one,before inner healing can begin. The body MUST become Renewed! Read more breast cancer articles here at

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Are There Ways To Prevent Breast Cancer?

The best approach is to avoid as many risk factors as possible while increasing protective factors.

Doctors and scientists do not know why one person gets cancer and another one does not. Review the following "proven" risk factors that may increase the chance of getting breast cancer:

Estrogen: Being exposed to estrogen over a long time may increase the risk. This increased exposure occurs in the following ways:

1. Early menstruation: Beginning to have menstrual periods at age 11 or younger increases the number of years the breast tissue is exposed to estrogen.

2. Late menopause: The more years a woman menstruates, the longer her breast tissue is exposed to estrogen.

3. Late pregnancy or never being pregnant: Because estrogen levels are lower during pregnancy, the tissue is exposed to more estrogen in women who become pregnant for the first time after age 35 or who never become pregnant.

Other risk factors include:

1. Hormone replacement therapy/Hormone therapy: Therapies given to women who have had their ovaries removed or who have had a hysterectomy

2. Exposure to Radiation: Radiation to the chest for the treatment of cancers starting 10 years after treatment and lasting for a lifetime. The risk depends on the dose of radiation and the age at which it is given. The risk is highest if radiation treatment was used during puberty. Radiation therapy to treat cancer in one breast does not appear to increase the risk of developing cancer in the other breast.

3. Obesity: Increases the risk in post-menopausal women who have not used hormone replacement therapy.

4. Alcohol: Drinking alcohol increases the risk. Risk rises as the amount of alcohol consumed rises.

5. Inherited risk

Protective factors that may decrease the risk include:

1. Exercise: Exercising four or more hours a week may decrease hormone levels and help lower breast cancer risk. This effect is greatest in pre-menopausal women of normal or low weight.

2. The risk appears to be lower if a woman has her first full-term pregnancy before she is 20 years old.

3. Breast-feeding: Because estrogen levels are lower during breastfeeding, a woman may decrease her risk.

4. Ovarian ablation: Estrogen is reduced when one or both ovaries are removed and can decrease the risk.

5. Late menstruation: At age 14 or older decreases the chances of breast cancer.

6. Early menopause: The fewer years a woman menstruates, the shorter the time her breast tissue is exposed to estrogen.

7. Tamoxifen: Lowers the risk in women who are at high risk for the disease. The effect last for several years after drug treatment is stopped.

8. Raloxifene: Helps prevent breast cancer in post-menopausal women with osteoporosis.

9. Aromatase inhibitors: Lowers the risk of new breast cancers in post-menopausal women with a history of the disease.

10. Prophylactic mastectomy: Some women with high risk may choose to have both breasts removed when there are no signs of cancer. The risk of is lowered in these women. It is very important to have a cancer risk assessment and counseling about all options for possible prevention before making this decision.

11. Prophylactic oophorectomy: Women who have a high risk may choose to have a prophylactic oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries when there are no signs of disease) to decrease the amount of estrogen made by the body and lower the risk. It is very important to have a cancer risk assessment and counseling before making this decision.

12. Fenretinide: At type of vitamin A called retinoid that may lower the risk when given to pre-menopausal women who have a history of the disease.

The following have been proven NOT to be risk factors or their effects are not known:

1. Abortion

2. Oral Contraceptives

3. Progestin-only contraceptives that are injected or implanted

4. Environment: Studies have not proven that being exposed to certain substances in the environment such as chemicals, metals, dust and pollution) increases the risk.

5. It is not proven that a diet low in fat or high in fruits and vegetables will prevent breast cancer.

6. It has not been proven that either active cigarette smoking or passive smoking (inhaling secondhand smoke) increases the risk of developing the disease.

There are new studies going on continuously to find more ways to prevent breast cancer. These studies include:

• The effects of exercise

• The effects of quitting smoking or taking certain medicines, vitamins, minerals or food supplements

Source: National Cancer Institute

© 2007 Connie Limon

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Breast Cancer and Laughter

My breast cancer taught me so much about laughter. Laughter has been called "the best medicine" - and for good reason - a good dose of deep, heartfelt laughter can help pull you through some of the worst times in your life. In my case it was during my mastectomy as a result of breast cancer. Being able to laugh at it just makes it easier.

Some breast cancer patient healed themselves, just by watching funny movies and comedy shows.

Laughter is so good for us, both physically and emotionally. It strengthens our immune system, improves our cardiovascular health, tones and relaxes our muscles, reduces depression and anxiety, boosts our productivity and creativity, and does a whole lot more good to our being.

Laughing is a great healer and I want to share with you how much. Think of Bob Hope and George Burns. They lived longer than most by using their God-given talent for humor to anchor them in their life. Laughter is a big key to our health. Laughter has a way of making problems melt away. It lets us know just how ridiculous we are. Comedians are so sought after by people because innately we know the healing effect they have on us.

Quite simply, laughing makes us feel good.

So why not En-lighten up a little?

Can you laugh at yourself and at things that have happened in your life??

A recent study found that 5-year old children laugh up to 400 times a day! In this case it's the kids who can teach us a thing or two! So, start counting how often you laugh!

I used a lot of laughter to ease the pain during my breast cancer.

Let's develop our own humor and laughter muscles... right now!

Are You Ready?

Here are some empowering questions you can ask yourself on a daily basis:

1. How many things can I notice today that are truly funny?
2. Who can I make smile right now?
3. What tense situation can I look back on and laugh about them?
4. Whom can I call on the phone that can laugh with me?
5. How many people I made to laugh today?

Good humor is tonic for the mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment."

-Grenville Kleiser.

With much Love and Laughter.

Lea Yekutiel - author
Making the Breast of It:
Overcoming Fear of Intimacy After Breast Cancer

Lea Yekutiel - EzineArticles Expert Author

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Fertilizers and Breast Cancer

As more and more people become involved in the dreadful cancer war, the quest for pinpointing the exact cause is in demand. Although there is a broad range of variables that come into play in regards to whom cancer effects and when it is detected, scientists continue to blame chemical fertilizers for the perpetual increase in breast cancer amongst women. Fifty years ago, one woman in twenty would get breast cancer in her lifetime. Now, one in eight is expected to be diagnosed each year.

It is of no coincidence that scientists have detected and linked the rise of breast cancer with the rise of hormone-disrupting chemicals. Over time, more and more chemicals have been introduced into our lives through a broad range of avenues and for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, these chemicals usually make their way onto your kitchen table, in your refrigerator, or even in your backyard, simply through the use of chemical fertilizers (either by yourself or some commercial farmer).

The reason women, especially, should be concerned is because numerous synthetic compounds found in fertilizer actually mimic the action of estrogen. Now we know that estrogen is needed in order for a woman's reproductive system to function properly. And actually, cells in the breast are designed to respond and receive estrogen. (This is what sets off changes to prepare the body for reproduction and pregnancy.)

However, the problem, is that these estrogenic chemicals, as they are called, fool the body into thinking they are signals from the endocrine or pituitary glands. The biochemical results of this horrible trick are manifested in the form of masses, tumors and growths. (Such "estrogenic" chemicals have also been found to be responsible for the increase in reproductive abnormalities in males. They are also related to the provocation of the development of cancer in the testes and prostate.)

Besides tricking the body, synthetic estrogens are also hard to break down. Instead of breaking down and being eliminated from the body, they posit themselves in the body's fat cells (specifically in the breast), causing cancerous tumors. Synthetic estrogen also impacts the levels of other hormones in the body.

A woman's lifetime exposure to estrogen or estrogen imitators is an important risk factor for breast cancer. The longer the exposure, the greater the risk.

Laboratory tests also show that some breast cancer cells will only grow in the presence of estrogen. In these tests, the blocking or removal of estrogen halts the growth of such cancers.
So what can you do? We know that avoiding these cancer-causing chemicals is extremely difficult in our day and age, especially since we don't have control over the manufacturing of the products we buy. Nonetheless, this doesn't mean you have to give up and continue living as you do. Do a little research and find products that are organic or natural. Plant a garden so you and your family can enjoy naturally-grown fruits and vegetables. Throw out your chemical fertilizer and buy an all-natural fertilizer.

Be responsible and take action with preventive health practices that will pay off for you and your family now and also down the road. Resist being another number, resist looking back and saying "should've, could've, would've".

Christopher A. Williams (aka Natural Fertilizer Guy) edits the website:

The website contains articles about natural fertilizers and seaweed based fertilizers, as well as general natural gardening tips.

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Obese Women Have Greater Risks of Suffering From Breast Cancer

Overweight and fat women have greater danger of suffering from breast cancer. The risk after menopause will increase by 4.51-12.38 times. Women of abdominal obesity are usually like spindles, and women with obesity in hip and thigh are pear-shaped. Analysis on 216 breast cancer patients, researchers found that when the waist-hip ratio is greater than 0.77, the relative risk of breast cancer will be three times higher than normal, and will be six times higher when the ratio is over 0.8.

Fat in hips and thighs is not easy to eliminate, but relatively has smaller impact on breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. On the contrary, abdominal fat is easy to eliminate, but has greater potential danger to cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.

The incidence and development of breast cancer relates to estrogen. Apart from the normal ovarian estrogen production, fat tissue in obese women can generate considerable estrogen. The higher level of estrogen will lead to the greater risk of breast cancer.

Long-term intake of high calorie diet lead to overweight and obesity. Women often eat fried foods will increase the risk of breast cancer by 1.6 times. Comparative study on 537 normal persons and patients found that the risk of breast cancer increased by 2.72 times in the women who had more fat intake, and 3.53 times after menopause. Additionally, women with less exercise have more risks of breast cancer due to relative surplus of calories.

The type of fat and breast cancer is closely related. Researchers found that the more intake of animal saturated fatty acid, the more prone to lymph nodes metastasis, and negative in plant unsaturated fatty acid. This means older women consume vegetable oil instead of animal fats, is benefit for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and coronary heart disease.

Win.Ho has a background of several years in various facets of the healthcare industry with a bachelor's degree in clinical medicine and a master's degree in immunology. You can find more cancer information in his site

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