My name is Traci Mulder, and I am 40 years old. I have been a breast cancer survivor for six years, since 9/11/2000, and this is my breast cancer story. The Breast Cancer Symptoms - Was It A Breast Lump or Not? I was 34 when I found a tender lump underneath my left armpit . I had just finished breastfeeding our 14-month-old son, Cameron, and was pregnant with our second child. I was healthy and happy and thought it was probably just a blocked milk duct. But, the medical professional in me told me that to be safe, I should get the lump checked out. And I did. When I saw my doctor, he agreed that there was nothing in the breast that felt suspicious. There were no obvious symptoms of breast cancer, aside from that odd lump. But, he ordered me to have a mammogram anyhow. I argued with him. I was a registered nurse, pregnant and had no family history. I was only 34 years old! I didn't need a mammogram. The doctor countered that mammograms weren't...
Cancer and breast lumps
It is understandable thata newly discovered breast lump maycause fear andconcern, but the fact is that only a small percentage of lumpsturn out to be cancer. Many women have "lumpy breasts" or fibrocystic breast disease , a common and benign (harmless) condition.
If you have this condition, examining your breasts can be confusing and, at times, alarming. It is still very important to check your breasts at the same time each month and bring anything that feels new or different to your doctor's attention. It may be helpful to know that a cancerous lump tends to be hard and unmovable. See breast lump and fibroadenoma .
If you’ve been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis, you know how they can impact your life. But, as with so many health challenges, most of us tend not to think about bone loss – until it’s too late. How far should you push your friends and family to make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent bone loss? It can be a tricky situation.
I’m not a nag; really, I’m not. As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that I don’t know it all. That maybe I’m not as smart as I thought. And that “my way or the highway” is never the best answer.
Thus I find it difficult indeed to broach the subject of bone health with my girlfriends, most of whom, like me, are heading into osteoporosis prime time: our 60s.
Now let me pause just a moment here, and voice what many of you might be feeling: how can we possibly be looking at age 60? There are a lot of us out here, smack-dab in the middle of the Boomer generat...
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