Beating the odds against Breast Cancer
A word that is enough to petrify you!
Today, we shall understand what causes Breast cancer, Symptoms and Remedies to fight off the deadly cancerous cells.
To begin with, how many times have you paid attention to any changes that occur on your breasts from time to time? Or have you ever dismissed the sight of any unusual growth assuming everything is common and normal? This is where you need to be vigilant and create cancer awareness..
The chances of you noticing anything in detail might be significantly low. For example — Breast pain. It is a common symptom of breast cancer and often misunderstood which delays the treatment. However, if you suspect anything unusual, do not hesitate to visit your healthcare provider.
Well, sadly Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. According to a medical research, one in every eight women in the United States develops breast cancer.
The good news is it is curable. Do not pay heed to those who make you feel miserable or tell you it cannot be cured. In recent times, advances in treatment, early screening have improved survival rates significantly. There are around 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States alone.
So, what is breast cancer?
Breast cancer can be defined as uncontrolled proliferation of malignant (cancer) tissues inside the breast. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be felt as a hard lump. The tumor is malignant (cancer), if the cells get metastasized or grow or spread into surrounding tissues of your body. There are a number of other benign conditions too like cysts that looks like a lump. However, any lump or bloody discharge from the breasts should be carefully monitored and reported. The cancer cells initially take their host in the inner lining of the milk ducts or the lobules and then spread to the other parts of the body.
A lump or mass in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer. Such lumps are often hard and painless while others may be painful.
What causes Breast Cancer?
The cause of Breast Cancer is not yet completely known, although some people are at a higher risk of developing it. Some causes are;
Genetic -Risk increases if you have a family member who was previously diagnosed with breast cancer or any form of cancer
Age – This is something not in your control but yes, the risk increases with age
Lifestyle habits – Drugs or alcohol intake make you more prone to develop Breast Cancer.
Higher density breast tissue – Higher density breast tissue can increase your chances of developing breast cancer
Obesity – Women who are obese have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Also, menopause puts you at a higher risk. This is due to higher levels of estrogen in the body due to obesity and during menopause.
Carcinogens – Certain carcinogens have been linked to the development of breast cancer.
Increased Estrogen – Increased levels of Estrogen increases one’s risk. Breastfeeding for over 1 year can reduce one’s chance of developing breast cancer. This is most likely because pregnancy followed by breastfeeding reduces the level of estrogen.
Diagnosis and Remedies
Breasts mammogram are commonly conducted for diagnosing Breast cancer. Once your doctor suspects any abnormality, he shall conduct an ultrasound or biopsy to further evaluate the condition.
After one is diagnosed with Breast cancer, feeling helpless, depressed, shocked, fearful or anxious is not uncommon. Please do not feel you are battling it out alone. You need to regularly communicate with your doctor and discuss the possibilities that can work out for you. A treatment plan can be charted out for you along with healthy lifestyle habits.
We shall discuss some home remedies for breast cancer but please do not solely depend on them for treating this disease. Our idea of introducing home remedies and consuming healthy food is to boost up your immune and destroy the malignant cancerous tissues. So, friends, you can use the following remedies to fight off this disease and increase your longevity or even destroy the cancerous tissues permanently.
Green tea leaves have anti-inflammatory properties. It lowers the risk of breast cancer and reduces inflammation that can help to improve the condition. You can have green tea regularly by boiling the leaves in a kettle. Let it reduce to half before straining it. You can add a hint of lemon for the taste.
A diet that is low in calories may slow down the spread of breast cancer. So, say bye to high-calorie drinks and food items.
Turmeric works quite well by attacking the cancer cells. It reduces inflammation and damages caused by the free radicals in the body.It has anti-carcinogenic properties and the active compound, curcumin helps destroy the cancer cells. Turmeric also has strong anti-inflammatory property and helps protect the cells. You can include turmeric in your daily diet. to help body fight off breast cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it is extremely important to pay utmost attention to what you consume. According to a study, consuming calcium on regular basis can help you fight off breast cancer and also help build the tissues. Include foods rich in calcium such as Almonds, Sardine, Salmon, Seeds, Beans and lentils, all green vegetables.
Why tomatoes? wondering? This is because these red powerhouses contain Lycopene. Lycopene attacks the free radicals and helps inhibit the growth of cancer cells. So, include tomatoes in your daily diet to ward off cancer-causing agents
Soybeans contain phytoestrogens that block cancerous cells from using estrogen. Soybean-based foods are very high on protein and at the same time low on calories and saturated fat. They also contain isoflavones needed for inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells. Soybeans can be included in the daily diet as sprouts. In early stages, it is extremely beneficial for the person battling it.
As per a study conducted in France, it was found that by increasing the consumption of Garlic one can significantly reduce breast cancer risk. Also, garlic contains alkyl sulfur that makes it a very good anti-cancer superfood. It attacks the malignant cancer cells and kills them naturally. Garlic is best taken raw as it would be more effective. You can also, include it in your vegetables or salads. When cooked, garlic won’t be as effective as raw.
These shiny seeds are a powerhouse and have numerous health benefits. Increasing your dietary fiber may reduce the risk of breast cancer or cancer-causing agents. One such superfood is Flaxseed. Not only it is a rich source of dietary fiber but it also contains omega-3 fatty acids and a chemical namely Lignans that helps fight off cancerous cells.
Wheatgrass helps to keep the immune in good shape. It can be taken in the form of juice. Remember to use only fresh juice or take or raw. This helps to flush out the toxins from the body and further blocks the growth of cancer cells.
Berries not only do they taste heavenly but also it comes with numerous benefits. One of the most important benefits of consuming berries is that it helps to beat cancer. Blueberries, in particular, contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that has anti-cancer properties. Remember to consume fresh berries instead of using the processed and packaged ones regularly.
Walnuts are useful in restricting the growth of breast cancer. Snacking on walnuts does reduce inflammation that may occur due to presence of cancer cells in the body and since it is loaded with omega 3 acids it is very good for keeping your immune in good shape. You can include this super food and make it a part of your regular diet to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Broccoli is a superfood. This is because it contains the cancer-fighting compound known as indole 3 carbinol and may restrict the growth of breast cancer. It inhibits the breast tumor growth by altering the estrogen levels significantly if taken regularly. You can have it as a salad for maximum benefit.
Pomegranates contain polyphenols and ellagic acid that is anti-carcinogenic by nature and this antioxidant along with compound Urolithin B that is found in Pomegranates can inhibit the growth of a tumor. Pomegranates are an effective home remedy for breast cancer patients besides they taste great. The American Institute of Cancer Research states in its research that it contains many beneficial antioxidant properties as well as has anti-aromatase effects.
Bananas & Grapes
Bananas & Grapes are rich in flavonoids and contain polyphenols and ellagic acid that is anti-carcinogenic by nature. The antioxidants act against the cancerous cells that induce abnormal growth. According to a study conducted in 2016, high grape intake during childhood had significantly reduced the risk of breast cancer in adulthood.
Muscadine grapes can particularly inhibit aromatase (A process by which androgens are converted to estrogens in the body ). They are used to make wine, juice, and jelly and are found in the southern U.S.
Note: Use fresh grapes instead of the pesticides laden ones.
Vitamin C (citrus fruits) reduces the risk of breast and other forms of cancer in the body. So, increase your daily intake of vitamin C to stay healthy, build immune and ward off and inhibit the growth of cancerous cells.
It is disheartening once a person is diagnosed with breast cancer. It feels the gloomy painful days shall never come to an end.
However, by regularly visiting your health practitioner and indulging into exercise to keep your immune in the best shape and practicing a healthy diet like the above-mentioned home remedies, we hope you will be able to reduce the risk and win your battle against cancer.
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Stay healthy and happy!