|View Poll Results: Do You Do Self-Breast Exams?|
|Occasionally I do them.||11||31.43%|
|No, I never do.||20||57.14%|
|What are self-breast exams???||1||2.86%|
|Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll|
I feel like I need encouragement, support and reminders (besides the shower reminder in my shower area ) to do this. Do you?
I'm so very sorry to hear about your Grandmother. I hope she can get successful treatment. Wishing you and your family strength in this difficult time,
It's SO important. Please, everyone, do them every month! It takes less than 2 minutes! Just do it under the shower while you soap up.
BUT>>>>>to each his own. here's to health!!!!!
My sister (18) is very thin. She got her belly button peirced a while back and got an infection. Soon after she noticed that she could really palpate her lymph nodes in her groin area. Many doctors now have told her that all her blood work is fine and that it is most likely a result from the infection. But she gets online and convinces herself that she is sick. She would read about symptoms of cancer and within days be experiencing them. I told her that she can probably feel the effects that assualt on her system creates because she is so thin. If My lympg nodes swelled I would have never known! Due to my cushioned birthing body...Sorry bout the rabbit trail, but this thread really seemed to remind of her.
Shelley, mom to dd 5/19/01, ds 9/06/02, and ds 4/01/07. Lost babe 4/09
Sure, I do yoga and meditate. I exercise. I eat organic & rarely eat any junk.
But I also do whatever screening is necessary to make sure my body is functioning the way it should. That means:
*monthly breast self-exams
*yearly mamogram ( I am over 40)
*yearly pap smear
*yearly check on cholesterol levels, blood pressure, etc.
*self check for unusual moles
I don't think those things "bring on" the disease.
When I was in my early 20s I had an abnormal pap smear. I had precancerous cells on my cervix which would have developed into cancer had we not found it and did the necessary treatment. My dh's 1st wife died in her late 20s of cervical cancer. She had not had a pap in 3 years.
Last year when I was pregnant, a tiny little freckle type mole grew in size. I noticed it when I put a swimsuit on. After I gave birth, I was in the bathroom and caught the mole with my fingernail. It bled. After it healed, the mole had changed color. Half dark brown, half red. I went to my dr. who said she thought it was fine but if I wanted to have it checked out, she would refer me to the dermatologist.
Thank goodness I went to the dermatologist. It was melanoma. I did find it in time. I had surgery to remove more tissue from the site (which, thankfully, was free of melanoma cells) as well as removal of the lymph node which served as a drainage site for this area. The lymph node was also free of melanoma cells. So, I am cancer free. The outcome would have been quite different if I had not been aware of my own body and what was normal and not normal.
I know quite a bit about genetics and can tell you that most of these things are genetic. Sometimes environmental factors can play a role, but usually your chromosomal makeup determines whether or not you get one of these diseases. For example, melanoma can be transfered on the x chromosome.
Please be preventative with your bodies! Know your body and what is normal for it!
And Lisa, thanks for starting this thread and I hope your grandmother's treatment is successful.
Screening mammography poses significant and cumulative risks of breast cancer for premenopausal women. The routine practice of taking four films of each breast annually results in approximately 1 rad (radiation absorbed dose) exposure, about 1,000 times greater than that from a chest x-ray.
The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 rad exposure increasing breast cancer risk by about 1 percent, with a cumulative 10 percent increased risk for each breast over a decade's screening. These risks are even greater for younger women subject to "baseline screening."
Radiation risks are some four-fold greater for the 1 to 2 percent of women who are silent carriers of the A-T (ataxia-telangiectasia) gene; by some estimates this accounts for up to 20 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed annually.
Since 1928, physicians have been warned to handle "cancerous breasts with care -- for fear of accidentally disseminating cells" and spreading the cancer. Nevertheless, mammography entails tight and often painful breast compression, particularly in premenopausal women, which could lead to distant and lethal spread of malignant cells by rupturing small blood vessels in or around small undetected breast cancers.
Missed cancers are common in premenopausal women owing to their dense breasts, and also in postmenopausal women on estrogen replacement therapy.
Mistakenly diagnosed cancers are common. For women with multiple risk factors including a strong family history and early menarche -- just those strongly urged to have annual mammograms -- the cumulative risks of false positives can reach as high as 100 percent over a decade's screening.
The widespread acceptance of screening has lead to overdiagnosis of pre-invasive cancer (ductal carcinoma in situ), sometimes treated radically by mastectomy and radiation, and even chemotherapy.
As increasing numbers of premenopausal women are responding to aggressively promoted screening, imaging centers are becoming flooded. Resultingly, patients referred for diagnostic mammography are now experiencing potentially dangerous delays, up to several months, before they can be examined.
The dangers and unreliability of screening are compounded by its growing and inflationary costs. Screening all premenopausal women would cost $2.5 billion annually, about 14 percent of estimated Medicare spending on prescription drugs.
These costs would be increased some fourfold if the highly profitable industry, enthusiastically supported by radiologists, succeeds in replacing film machines, costing about $100,000 each, with the latest high-tech digital machines recently approved by the FDA, costing about $400,000 each, for which there is no evidence of improved effectiveness.
The ineffectiveness and dangers of mammography pose an agonizing dilemma for the millions of women anxious for reassurance of early detection of breast cancer. However, the dilemma is more apparent than real.
As proven by a September 2000 publication, based on a unique large-scale screening study by University of Toronto epidemiologists, monthly breast self-examination (BSE) following brief training, coupled with annual clinical breast examination (CBE) by a trained health care professional, is at least as effective as mammography in detecting early tumors, and also safe.
National networks of BSE and CBE clinics staffed by trained nurses should be established to replace screening mammography. Apart from their minimal costs, such clinics would empower women and free them from increasing dependence on industrialized medicine and its complicit medical institutions.
Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
Professor Emeritus Environmental and Occupational Medicine Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Web site: http://www.preventcancer.com
For further details and supporting documentation, see "Dangers and Unreliability of Mammography: Breast Examination is a Safe, Effective and Practical Alternative," by Samuel S. Epstein, Barbara Seaman and Rosalie Bertell, International Journal of Health Services, volume 31(3):605-615, 2001.
Good to hear from you and to also hear that you are cancer free!!!!!
My Grandmother, luckily, caught the breast cancer early and herself. She had lung cancer 17 years ago (never smoked a day in her life too!) and had part of her lung removed and chemo. She is determined not to have chemo. again~so on Tues. she is having a masectomy.
I am a massage therapist and my palpation skills are very, very good. In my profession, I have to palpate ("look") for trigger points, scar tissue, strains, etc. Then I treat it, through massage. This is preventative treatment, in some ways~preventing headaches, chronic pain, etc. So, I ask~how is this different from self breast exams? You aren't "looking" for disease, but doing preventative care, so you can be treated accordingly.
At 19~as mentioned above~I did find a lump. I was adopted, so I didn't have ANY medical history whatsoever. I also, had a serious type of tumor I was born with. Luckily it was removed because I could have died from it, but grew back again and again it was removed. I have to have CAT scans regularly now, to make sure it doesn't return.
I believe in self healing~through massage, natural healing, prayer, etc. But.....I also believe in preventative care~through routine paps, self breast exams, etc. I feel like I owe it to my ds to take care of myself to make sure that I will be around for a long, long time. His father died and I don't want him to be left alone, without any parents.
Each of us though, are in charge of our own health care and decisions pertaining to our bodies and the wellbeing of our family.
I had a breast reduction surgery 20 some years ago and because of the scar tissue which remains, self-exams are not as reliable as mamograms. A routine mamogram, when I turned 40, revealed a lump in my breast that could not be felt by self-exam. I chose to have a needle biopsy which was inconclusive. I could either have it removed or have it "watched" through yearly mamograms. Since it is perfectly round in shape (an indication of a benign tumor) and very, very tiny, I am having it monitored instead of having surgery.
Also, some women have "lumpy" breasts; breast tissue that is prone to developing many benign tumors. These women should think about having yearly mamograms after age 40 because it is impossible to determine what is usual from the unusual.
I think to have or not to have a mamogram should be determined by medical history and what a person feels comfortable in doing. I probably would just do self-exams and have a mamogram once every 5 years (as does my sister) if I didn't have the scar tissue.
I also am for alternative therapies and would have chosen something other than chemo had my results been different. Neither of my parents had good experiences with chemo (I believe it killed my mother by making her too weak to fight the disease) and I had started doing much research into alternative therapies.
Mamograms scare me. That is a whole lot of radiation. I don't even get dental x-rays.
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
Used to do it regularly. Haven't in 4-plus years (which is how long I've been continuously bf'g at this point ...)
Sending healing thoughts her way....
Thanks for your kind words! My grandmother is doing really well, especially for her age of 88!
Sorry to hear about the lump you found. Good thing that you are having it checked. I have fibrocystic breasts, so I know what you mean.
Please let us know how your appt. goes!