To avoid fibrocystic changes in your breast tissue, avoid excessive fat and caffeine in your diet.
Most cases of breast cancer cannot be prevented. However, early detection and prompt treatment are important. All women should receive routine breast exams from a doctor and routine mammograms, as recommended.
All women over the age of 40 should also perform breast self-exams every month, preferably at the end of their menstrual period when the breasts are less tender and less swollen. Women who are breastfeeding should examine their breasts after completing a feeding.
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No Evidence Breast Self-Exams Cut Cancer Deaths
Thus read the headline in yesterday’s Washington Post. Yet another study, this one by the Nordic Cochrane Center (an independent research and information center in Denmark) confirms a 2003 study of breast self-exams and their relation to breast cancer deaths.
Bottom line: Women who religiously do a BSE (breast self exam) every month are no less likely to die of breast cancer than women who don’t. That same organization recently compiled and released results of a number of studies concerning the effectiveness of mammography in reducing breast cancer deaths. Bottom line on that one? “… for every 2000 women invited for screening throughout 10 years, one will have her life prolonged. In addition, 10 healthy women, who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be diagnosed as breast cancer patients and will be treated unnecessarily. It is thus not clear whether screening does mor...
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