Daily Archives: June 17, 2016

Breast Pain: Could It Mean Cancer?

Soreness, tenderness, stabbing pain, burning, aching – you might apply any or all of these terms to the breast pain you feel, but what does it mean? And could it be dangerous? Let’s break it down

Breast pain is seldom a sign of breast cancer
Breast pain is seldom a sign of breast cancer

Only about 5 percent of women with breast cancer experience pain in their affected breast prior to diagnosis. The exception to this is inflammatory breast cancer, a rare cancer that can begin with pain and soreness. So that pain you feel? It’s probably not cancer.

Worried You Might Have Breast Cancer? 5 Things To Do Right Now

  • A breast lump. A persistent cough. Unexplained bloating and belly pain.

    When you experience a health issue beyond the typical tension headache, runny nose, or aching back, your mind starts to race.

    “What could this be? Is it a sign of… cancer?”

    Cancer is the big gorilla in the corner – the illness everyone knows about, but no one wants to acknowledge. “The Big C,” people use to call it, back in the day when most if not all cancers were truly deadly killers.

    These days, many cancers can be controlled, if not cured.

Will I Ever Feel Better?

  • Time heals. We’ve all heard that expression, right? Probably the first time was from your mom, right after your seventh-grade boyfriend broke up with you, deciding basketball and his friends held more allure than a walk and talk in the park with a girl. You didn’t believe you’d ever get over that soul-searing hurt and rejection, did you?

    But mom told you: time heals.

    And, imagine that – she was right. It did.

    Time heals. Remember that, when you’re going through breast cancer treatment. Despite all the efforts by the health-care community to make your journey as painless as possible,

Complementary and Alternative Medicine For Breast Cancer

  • Yoga. Acupuncture. Meditation. If you’ve been treated for breast cancer, you’ve probably heard words like these mentioned. Maybe your local hospital offers therapeutic massage to chemo patients, or Reiki treatments to women heading into surgery. All of these terms come under a single heading:Now, you may already be skeptically shaking your head, thinking, “No way am I going to send away to Ecuador for some kind of weird herbs, or let some strange person wave their hands over me. Give me the surgery, chemo, and radiation; I’m sticking to straight science.”
    But hold on: there’s a strong line drawn between alternative therapies and complementary therapies.

What You Didn’t Know About Yoga And How It Helps Treat Breast Cancer

  • The National Institutes of Health celebrated its first annual Yoga Week. A five-day series of events in Bethesda, Maryland, attracted participants who took part in yoga classes, heard expert speakers, and were invited to attend a dinner. Part of the celebration included information on a $2.4 million grant recently awarded for the study of yoga and its effect on breast cancer patients.

    So what is yoga, and how it might help YOU? Read these FAQS to find out.

    Q. My girlfriend says she heard that yoga might help me feel better as I go through chemo.