A breast exam is a MUST. Women should have breast examinations during their routine checkups. You may find it convenient to schedule this exam during your routine physical checkup. If a breast exam is not routinely preformed, you should ask for one.
During the exam the health professional feels the breast and underarm with the fingertips, checking for lumps. This is called palpation. The breast is also checked for other changes such as dimpling, scaling, and puckering of the skin or a discharge from the nipple.
Additionally women should do a breast self-examination monthly. It is important to know what is normal for you and to monitor how your breasts change. Type in “breast health” into any search engine on the internet and pages after pages of information on breast cancer will appear. Over 75% of the pages are on breast cancer screening. Why has breast health become so synonymous with breast cancer? Are early detection and x-ray mammography the only subject worth propagating?
Why has breast health become so synonymous with breast cancer?
Early Detection is NOT prevention.
Screening mammograms or ANY screening modality does not prevent breast cancer. In the past 30 years, the US has poured over $30 billion into finding a “cure” for cancer. Although we are no closer than we were 30 years ago, mounting numbers of people, particularly women, are contracting cancer, particularly breast cancer.
Health is not early treatment of disease.
Health care has been molded into “disease care”. Massive investments have been deployed into early detection of disease in order to implement early treatment – verses investing in prevention. Health is not early treatment of disease. Health is not just absence of disease. Focus on prevention instead of just focusing on detection. Start by eliminating things that are strongly implicated in initiation, promotion and or growth of breast cancer.
As always, ILIV recommends an ecological view with well-informed risk vs. benefit approach. Life is a balance with our environment and that includes unavoidable toxins. Consider options that are known to have a high probability of reducing the risk of cancer such as exercise and other behavior changes. Adopt an anti-cancer lifestyle.