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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.

Seven (7) Common Carcinogens You Should Be Avoiding

Some studies have found that exposure to chemicals and radiation can increase risk of BREAST CANCER. While the link is not completely understood, a growing body of evidence suggests that chemicals in the environment play a role in altering our biological processes. So it’s helpful to know which carcinogens—chemicals that directly cause cancer—you may be encountering on a daily basis

Gas and diesel
Gas and diesel

Gasoline typically contains benzene—a widely-used chemical that has been shown to contribute to cancer. In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that diesel fumes are carcinogenic.

Here Are Answers to Your Questions on Breast Cancer.

Q: Should I worry about a vibration in my breast?
Q: Should I worry about a vibration in my breast?

A: Many women (and men) experience a strange vibration, but as far as doctors can tell, it has nothing to do with breast cancer. If it’s on the left side, get checked for a cardio issue; but beyond that, all you can do is wait and hope it goes away. Thankfully, for most people, the vibration eventually fades and disappears

Q: What do itchy breasts mean?
Q: What do itchy breasts mean?

A: Unless the itchiness is accompanied by swelling,

Three (3) common problem for Breast Cancer Survivors


Have you ever wondered if other people have had the same treatment side effects you have?

About half of the survivors indicated trouble with hot flashes, sleeping and vaginal dryness.  A major cause for all of these is a change in hormones caused by treatment putting women into early menopause or by follow-up hormonal treatments like tamoxifen or Arimidex. What can you do if you are one of those bothered by these problems?

1.) Hot flashes.  If all those common sense remedies like adjusting the thermostat, using a fan and dressing in moisture-wicking layers aren’t working for you,

Why and How Hair Loss Happens

Hair loss occurs because chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells—healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Hair follicles, the structures in the skin filled with tiny blood vessels that make hair, are some of the fastest-growing cells in the body. If you’re not in cancer treatment, your hair follicles divide every 23 to 72 hours. But as the chemo does its work against cancer cells, it also destroys hair cells. Within a few weeks of starting chemo, you may lose some or all of your hair.

If you are having chemotherapy, your hair loss may be gradual or dramatic:

Knowing Your Breast

Keeping your breasts in good shape should be an integral part of every woman’s wellness plan. Here are suggestions for how you can do that

Know your breasts
Know your breasts

The American Cancer Society cites “breast awareness” as key to early detection of changes, which can help prevent not just cancer, but serious infections. Perform a monthly BSE (breast self examination) or simply feel your breasts for any changes regularly. Report any changes to your doctor immediately if you’re post-menopausal or after one menstrual cycle if pre-menopausal

Choosing and using your bra
Choosing and using your bra

Avoid contact dermatitis and fungal infections by wearing a bra made of natural,

20 facts no one has told you about breast cancer

Breast cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. So, in the spirit of heightening awareness – and screening, here are 20 fact about breast cancer

1.    The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. Though breast cancer does occur in men, the disease is 100 times more common in women than in men and women are at 200 times the risk of developing the disease compared to risk in men.

2.    Most breast cancer – about 85 percent – occurs in women who have no family history of breast cancer.

Sex and Intimacy

feet in bed

Being diagnosed with breast cancer and having treatment will almost certainly affect how you feel about sex and intimacy.

You may not feel like having sex or being intimate at a time when you’re dealing with breast cancer, or you may find that sex helps you feel more normal during an uncertain time.

How breast cancer affects you sexually will be unique to you.

Sex and the effects of treatment

Treatments for breast cancer can have physical and emotional effects that can affect sex and sexual desire.

For example,


Breast cancer in men is rare.

Around 2100 men are diagnosed each year  (compared to nearly 60,000 women). Most men who get breast cancer are over 60, although younger men can be affected.


Symptoms of breast cancer in men include:

  • a lump, often painless. This is the most common symptom. It’s usually near the center, close to the nipple, because most of the breast tissue in men is beneath the nipple. But lumps can also occur away from the nipple
  • nipple discharge, often blood-stained
  • a tender or drawn in (inverted) nipple
  • ulceration or swelling of the chest area.