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Re: Mummy Jennifer: New member reporting

Postby Jennifer » Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:11 pm

http://www.womens-health.co.uk/breast_fibroids.html

What are Breast Fibroids?

Breast fibroids, also known as fibrocystic breast disease, fibroid breasts, mammary dysplasia, benign breast disease and diffuse cystic mastopathy, are benign (non-cancerous), moveable, rubbery nodules that cause painful swelling near the breast surface.

Breast fibroids are quite common, particularly in women who are 30 years of age or older. Approximately 33% of them suffer from breast fibroids because of the cumulative effect of monthly menstrual and hormonal cycles, as well as the accumulation of fluids in the cells and cellular debris in the breast. This process commences at puberty and continues upto menopause, after which breast fibroids become less of a problem, presumably due to the decrease in estrogen and progesterone.

What are the Causes of Breast Fibroids?

The causes of breast fibroids are not completely understood. However, there are several factors that play a significant role in the development of the disease.

•The monthly changes in the levels of oestrogen and progesterone are considered to be the most noteworthy factors contributing to this disease. These two hormones directly affect the breast tissues by causing cells to grow and multiply.

•Prolactin, growth factor, thyroid hormone and insulin also influence the development of breast fibroids.

•The breast produces hormonal products from its glandular and fat cells. These hormonal products send signals to the neighbouring breast cells. These signals are the key factors responsible for the development of breast fibroids

What are the Typical Symptoms of Breast Fibroids?


Your menstrual cycle plays a significant role in the development of breast fibroids, therefore the symptoms of the disease normally worsen just before the menstrual period and improve immediately after the period. Some important symptoms are:

•Irregularly shaped areas of thicker tissue with a lumpy or ridge-like surface appearing in the breast
•Feeling of fullness or heaviness
•Extreme sensitivity to touch
•A burning sensation
•Dull ache or severe pain
•Premenstrual tenderness and swelling
•Changes in nipple sensation and itching
•Breast discomfort, which may be either persistent or intermittent

How can Breast Fibroids be Diagnosed?

The primarily method of diagnosing breast fibroids is by physically feeling and touching the lumpy areas. These areas are mostly concentrated in the upper quadrant (the area close to the armpit) of the breast. These lumps are movable, as they are not attached to the underlying tissue. They may be rounded with smooth borders, rubbery, tiny and bead-like, irregular or ridge-like. The characteristics of the lumpy areas usually vary from one woman to another.

The second widely prevalent method for the detection of breast fibroids is mammography. However, it can be very difficult to examine extremely fibrocystic breasts by touching and feeling, or by mammograms. In such cases, specialized ultrasound examination is quite helpful.

Other methods used to diagnose breast fibroids include biopsy and aspiration of the breast. Biopsy may sometimes be necessary to make an accurate diagnosis and to differentiate between breast fibroids and breast cancer. Aspiration of breasts with a fine needle can be done to detect the presence of large cysts.

Can Breast Fibroids Cause Breast Cancer?

The presence of breast fibroids can increase the risk of breast cancer because the cells that form the fibroids no longer respond correctly to signals that control cell growth and division. This indicates that a genetic error has occurred in these cells. When these atypical cells begin to multiply, the genetic error accumulates. These genetic defects are responsible for the development of breast cancer.

Environmental, dietary and metabolic toxins may also interact with a woman’s complex hormonal system to increase the risk of genetic mutations in the breast fibroid, thereby increasing the chances of developing breast cancer. However, only about 5% of women with breast fibroids will experience the changes that could lead to breast cancer.

How can Breast Fibroids be Treated?

Treatment of breast fibroids can be segregated into the following therapies.

Surgery - Doctors usually opt for surgery when the breast fibroids fail to disappear even after several attempts at removing the fluid. Surgery will involve removing the fibroid lumps from the breast.

Dietary Therapy - Considered to be quite effective for the treatment of breast fibroids, doctors recommend the following nutritional therapy plan to control breast fibroids:

•Switch over to a low-fat, vegetarian diet because a high-fat diet not only causes obesity, but also results in imbalanced oestrogen levels, which is the primary cause of the development of breast fibroids.

•Start taking lots of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, and high fiber foods like apples. All these increase oestrogen excretion.

•Vitamin-B rich foods such as brown rice, wheat germ and wheat germ oil, and nutritional yeast are also beneficial.

•Avoid taking caffeine foods like chocolate, carbonated sodas, concentrated starches like pastries and fatty dairy foods, hormone-laden meats and refined sugars.

•Avoid fried, sugary and salty foods, especially smoked or preserved meats during your menstrual period.

•Eat diuretic foods, like cucumbers and watermelons, and dark green leafy vegetables to neutralize and flush out the toxins.

•Drink plenty of water every day.

Medicinal Therapy - Doctors may recommend oral contraceptives to decrease symptoms of breast fibroids. In severe cases, when the potential benefit is thought to outweigh the potential adverse effects, a doctor may even prescribe a synthetic androgen.

Get a Good Bra - Last, but not least, it is very important to wear a well-fitted bra to provide good support to the breasts. This can help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by breast fibroid symptoms. Furthermore, performing a breast self-examination every month is also essential.

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Re: Mummy Jennifer: New member reporting

Postby Harlequin » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:12 pm

Thanks, Jen, for sharing the article.

You take care ya.

If you forget your 6 months review, we will remind you :smile: :hi5:

:hugs:

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Re: Mummy Jennifer: New member reporting

Postby Jennifer » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:05 pm

Harlequin wrote:Thanks, Jen, for sharing the article.

You take care ya.

If you forget your 6 months review, we will remind you :smile: :hi5:

:hugs:


Dun worry.

The clinic will call :smile:

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Re: Mummy Jennifer: New member reporting

Postby icy_mama » Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:59 am

hi jennifer

hope your fil's cough is under control.

remember to take care of yourself too. then u can take care of others.

cheers!

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Re: Mummy Jennifer: New member reporting

Postby Jennifer » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:23 pm

icy_mama wrote:hi jennifer

hope your fil's cough is under control.

remember to take care of yourself too. then u can take care of others.

cheers!


:smile:

He's feeling much better. Can eat lychee liao :roll:

The AH doctor attributed his persistent coughing to his younger days as a heavy smoker.

Hiaz, my boys also had weak respiratory systems when they were younger, elder kena pneumonia at 1 yo, the younger kena numerous bronchitis.

Must make sure they build a strong immune system now, else next time old age creeps in ? types of problems.

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Re: Mummy Jennifer: New member reporting

Postby Jennifer » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:41 am

Serenity Prayer

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

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Re: Mummy Jennifer: New member reporting

Postby Sun_2010 » Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:56 pm

Thank you Jen for the timely prayer.

Take care during these hot days...

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Re: Mummy Jennifer: New member reporting

Postby Jennifer » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:19 pm

Was telling elder boy that if the haze continues to b high, I would like to go overseas. Hubby flying to South Africa. Maybe tag along.

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Re: Mummy Jennifer: New member reporting

Postby icy_mama » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:31 pm

Jennifer wrote:Was telling elder boy that if the haze continues to b high, I would like to go overseas. Hubby flying to South Africa. Maybe tag along.

that's a wonderful idea! kinda depressing here. no laughter from happy kids playing outside. bad air. dark skies...

go, go, have fun!

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Re: Mummy Jennifer: New member reporting

Postby Jennifer » Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:02 pm

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