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Breast Problems


Can include breast pain or masses or lumps within the breast.

What to look for

A lump that is movable may be a cyst of a fibro adenoma Swelling in one or both breasts, pain, tenderness are most likely caused by premenstrual swelling If there is a lump that is hard, but is not movable, or feels attached to the chest wall, with or without pain, perhaps with dimpling or puckering of the breast; this may be a sign of breast cancer.  Pain followed by redness and warmth or a discharge from the nipple; this may indicate an infection or a mild growth or breast cancer. Your breast can change for any reason such as age, the beginning of your periods and puberty the changes in your breast are perfectly normal and it is no cause for concern. If you have pain or lumps in your breast that will require medical attention  Then you start puberty, you should study your breasts every month, so that you become aware with their structure,  you know what they look and feel like so you can notice any changes that happen and have them checked out by a doctor. Premenstrual changes can cause temporary clotting that will disappears after the period, so it is best to check your breasts about a week after your period. If you are no longer menstruating, examine your breasts every month on a day you will remember. you must look for dimpling or puckering, and using light pressure, check for lumps near the surface and firm pressure to inspect deeper tissues. Check each nipple to see if there is any discharge. If there is discharge consult your doctor. From the age of 35 you should have a mammogram at lest every 2 years. This can reveal tumokurs that is to medium to be felt by hand. When you reach the age of 50 have a mammogram at least 1 a year. If breast cancer is a family history your Doctor may advise a different schedule.

Breast Pain And Lumps

Pain in the breast can have many causes, this include the normal swelling of the breast tissue during the menstrual cycle. other causes can be because of an infection, growths, injury, including cancer, and perhaps diet. Then the breast tissue is swelling because of menstrual period this may be painful but it is not dangerous and there is no treatment necessary. Breast lumps include cysts, adenomas, and papillomas. These cysts are all different sizes and shapes and can be found in different places in the breast. It is quite common for a women to have lumps in her breasts, (or fibroadenosis), this is sometimes identify with hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle. Most of the lumps are harmless and do not signal cancer, but every time you find a new or unusual lump you should let your doctor check it to make sure it is not pre-cancerous or cancerous.

Cysts, which can be large or medium, are tender fluid filled sacs. They may be very painful. The best tool for Recognizing a cyst from a solid tumor is ultrasound; a needle biopsy may also be done. If you have a infection in your breast it will produce the same symptoms you would see any where on your body. Except that in your breast, infections tend to become walled off from the surrounding tissue, producing medium boils. This may give them the appearance of cysts. Infections happen almost only in breastfeeding mothers. If you think you have an infection, see your doctor. Cysts may cause pain, but breast cancer rarely does , although pain does not rule out the possibility of cancer.

Dietary Considerations

Fat is associated with estrogen production, you can relieve estrogen levels in your body by eating a low fat diet. Avoid stress for long period and eat a high fibre, low fat diet.

When to seek further professional advice

If you notice any kind of new or unusual lump in your breasts, mainly the one that remains during your menstrual cycle.. Have your doctor check any lump.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18