A study that examined the eating habits of 90,000 women over time found that there was an increased risk of breast cancer in those women who ate red meat. The risk of breast cancer was twice as high in the women who ate the most red meat compared to those who ate the least. This is a well-conducted study that comes out of the Harvard Nurses Health Study – a group of nurses who have volunteered to answer questions about their lifestyle over time that has given us insight into risk factors for various diseases. The study also suggested something called a “dose response” association – meaning that the more red meat a woman consumed, the greater her risk of breast cancer. These findings are not unexpected – similar studies have shown an increased risk of breast cancer as well as colon and prostate cancer – in people who eat red meat compared to non-meat eaters. Red meat also increases the risk for heart disease (coronary artery disease). Another line of evidence comes from Japan. In...
Q. I have this scaly rash right around my nipple. That couldn’t be a sign of cancer, could it? A. Yes, it could. Or it could be a plain old rash. But any time your nipple changes, it’s worth a call to the doctor. Changes might include the following; • A nipple that’s suddenly inverted (pulled in, rather than sticking out); • A change in the shape of your nipple; • A spontaneous discharge (i.e., you don’t have to squeeze your breast for it to appear), other than milk. Special signs to watch for include the discharge coming from only one breast; if it’s tinged with blood; or if it’s clear and sticky. In addition, a rare form of breast cancer, Paget’s disease, starts with a red, scaly, itchy rash, over and around the nipple and areola. It may scab over; it looks a lot like eczema, and is often misdiagnosed. Have it checked; your doctor may decide it’s eczema, and treat it with a rub-on cream. If that works, ...
October 11: If you spot a new, glossy, bright pink magazine on
the shelves of your local grocery and book stores, it may be the
Live & Thrive After Breast Cancer . This semi-annual
magazine is the first to focus entirely on breast cancer.
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