It’s October, which means it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. It is estimated that 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
At Happy Hormone Cottage, we join various organizations and initiatives in observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We take our support to the next level by offering tests to help eliminate risk factors and maintain breast health. We also provide supplements that give you a fighting chance if you develop breast cancer.
While there is no one guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer, there are several steps that you can take to reduce your risk of developing the disease. Let’s explore them below.
What is Breast Cancer? Symptoms and Risk Factors
Breast cancer is a health condition in which the cells in the breast grow out of control. There are many different types of breast cancer, but the most common are ductal carcinomas, which start in the milk ducts, and lobular carcinomas, which start in the milk-producing lobules. Breast cancer can also occur in other parts of the breast, such as the stroma (the connective tissue), the lymph nodes (glands that are part of the immune system), and the blood vessels.
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass in the breast. Other symptoms may include changes in the size or shape of the breast, nipple discharge, or changes in the skin of the breast, such as redness, dimpling, or thickening. In some cases, breast cancer may not cause any symptoms at all.
There are many risk factors for breast cancer, including age, family history, personal history of breast cancer, overproduction of estrogen, certain genetic mutations, radiation exposure, and alcohol consumption. However, the most important risk factor for breast cancer is gender – simply being a woman puts you at greater risk for developing breast cancer.
There are several things you can do for breast cancer prevention. These include:
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Avoiding smoking
- Starting a weight loss journey with a healthy diet and regular exercise
- Getting regular screening
Thermography in Early Detection of Breast Cancer
One of the most important things you can do is to get regular screening through Thermography. As a contact-free and radiation-free alternative to mammograms, thermography uses a special infrared camera that detects breast cancer through heat patterns and blood flow in body tissues. Thermography units are portable and relatively affordable, making them a more viable option than mammograms. We recommend Thermography at HHC and, in fact, we have a mobile thermography unit the second monday of each month to come out and give thermoscans to those who are interested. Keep in mind there is an out of pocket fee for these upper body and breast scans.
Role of Your Diet in Preventing or Fighting Against Breast Cancer Cells
Diet is one of the most important factors in breast cancer prevention. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer and may also help to fight against cancer cells if you have been diagnosed. The list below includes foods that have special compounds, antioxidants, and other healing properties that deactivate carcinogens and strengthen your immune system:
- Dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach
- Berries such as strawberries and raspberries
- Citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits
- Fermented foods such as kombucha and sauerkraut
- Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna
- Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and cauliflower
- Green tea
- Dry beans such as kidney beans and chickpeas
- Allium vegetables such as garlic and onions
- Herbs and spices such as rosemary and ginger
Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment Options Available in Centerville, Ohio
At Happy Hormone Cottage, we offer solutions such as the GX Sciences Test that analyzes your methylation – a vital biochemical process that regulates your body at a cellular level. Additionally, we offer supplements and treatments such as DIM Evail, Dimension 3, and Estrogen MET to help direct estrogen metabolism down a safer metabolic pathway for proper elimination.
We also provide topical glutathione that can be applied to the inner wrists daily or N Acetyl-cysteine capsules that can convert to glutathione.
Furthermore, we can get to the bottom of unexplainable weight gain through our Nutrigen Genetic Testing. It provides answers that help you take more strategic steps to lose weight.
Finally, on every second Monday of each month, our mobile thermography unit will visit a neighborhood near you to give thermoscans to those interested. There is an out-of-pocket fee for upper body and breast scans. You can read more at https://www.mindfulwellnessmedicalthermography.com/.