Monthly Archives: June 2016

5 Breast Cancer Fighting Foods

When you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it takes a toll on your emotional and physical health. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and by exercising, and eating foods that are rich in anti-oxidants, you can help save your body from harmful toxins. If you’re currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer or have been treated in the past, eating healthy is particularly important for you. The following foods may increase prevention and help fight breast cancer:

Salmon

bc salmon

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B12 and D, and can provide your body with the proper nutrients it needs to regulate cell growth and aide as a part of a breast cancer prevention diet.

A Husband’s Role (Wife’s Perspective)

A husband of a breast cancer patient fills a vital role in the healing process; actually he fills many roles. He must wear many hats and be prepared, without notice, to seamlessly shift depending on the needs of his wife, her health, the needs of the family and the demands of running a household and taking care of children.

He’s been both my shield and my sword. He’s protected me when I needed protecting and he’s been out there getting me what I need. Which has been wonderful, but quite frankly what I would expect. It’s what I expected from the man I married almost 20 years ago.

Hearing The Word CANCER

Every woman has a story. A day she will never forget. She knows where she was, what she was doing, and how the news was delivered. For some it begins with the discovery of a lump and the subsequent worry. For others, it begins with a routine screening that ends up not quite “routine”. Women remember the moment they got the call or were told the news, and so often, everything that was said after the words “You have cancer,” becomes blurred, unheard, and unprocessed.

I was going to look forward. I wasn’t going to look back. I wasn’t going to give cancer prominence in my life.

5 Worst BRA Mistake You’re Making

You probably don’t think twice when it comes to buying and  wearing bras. However, the truth is that many women make mistakes with their bras that can be detrimental to their health. Read on to see whether you’re making any of these mistakes and what to do to fix them.

1. You choose your bra by cup size

bra size

Rather than go shopping for a bra thinking, “I’m an A cup” or “I’m a D cup,” experts say that you should be more focused on your band size. Get an accurate band size measurement by measuring around the bottom of your bra band,

Ways You Can Reduce Breast Cancer Risk Linked To BRCA Gene Mutations

Two genes are associated with the risk of having hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The genes are BRCA1 and BRCA2. Here are things to know about this condition and factors you might be able to control if you have learned of this gene mutation in your family.

BRCA gene mutations
BRCA gene mutations

BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes help repair DNA and regulate cell growth. A mutation in these genes often means that a person is at significant increased risk for genetic breast and ovarian cancer.

Hormone Drugs and Bone Loss: Beware Hidden Damage

  • Did you know hormone therapy can lead to bone loss? Here’s how to approach this serious issue.

    Breast cancer treatment can be a long process – if you’ve been through it, I’m preaching to the choir here, right?

    Not only does treatment feel long, with surgery and its aftermath, radiation and/or chemotherapy, and dealing with potentially devastating side effects. It ISlong – add hormone therapy to the mix, and you’re talking years of active treatment.

    And that’s just if everything goes right.

    By the time you get to the long,

The 10 Things They Never Tell You About Breast Cancer

  • You may read all the hospital pamphlets and doctor handouts in the world, but there are some things about the cancer experience that just aren’t mentioned. 

    It’s not the cancer that hurts. It’s the treatment.

    Breast cancer usually isn’t painful – until treatment starts. That lump you felt? Didn’t hurt, right? The follow-up MRI, even the biopsy – not too bad. But once treatment begins in earnest, you’ll probably experience some pain – from minor, to quite major. Thankfully, there are drugs and other options to deal with the pain and discomfort of cancer treatment;

Six(6) Tips For Better Communication With Your Doctor

  • Why does this matter?  I’ve heard plenty of women say they don’t want to know the details.  They just want the doctor to tell them what they need to do.  It matters because women who understand why their doctors are prescribing a particular course of treatment are more likely to follow through with it.  In this study, 86% of the women who knew they were hormone receptor positive received hormone treatment compared to 71% for those who didn’t know their receptor status.  I would imagine the rates of long-term compliance drop lower for women who don’t understand why the drug that is giving them hot flashes or aching bones can reduce their chance of recurrence.

Two Ways Breast Cancer Treatment Can Hurt Your Teeth

  • Teeth seem hard, but as toothpaste ads like to remind us, they are vulnerable to attack.  Researchers recently reported that while the majority of adults’ teeth show signs of enamel loss, acidic sugary drinks like soda and fruit juice make the situation worse.  People under treatment for breast cancer need to be especially careful with their teeth because both chemotherapy and bone-strengthening drugs called bisphosphonates can lead to dental problems.

    Chemotherapy.  Before starting chemotherapy, see your dentist to have your teeth cleaned and discuss whether you should use a fluoride rinse during treatment as many dentists recommend.

Eat To Live: 10 Things To Know About Breast Cancer And Nutrition

Antioxidants
Antioxidants

Without taking a deep dive into molecular biology, antioxidants help prevent your body’s cells from being damaged.  Damaged cells often grow out of control, which can lead to cancer. Therefore, consuming antioxidants can help prevent cancer. Some of the best sources for antioxidants are: berries (blueberries), fruits (apples), vegetables (spinach), beans, nuts and herbs.

Soy
Soy

Research seems to go back and forth on the supposed benefits of soy.  Some research studies find that soy promotes tumor growth while others find the opposite.