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What steps can be taken for Breast Care?

Routine care is the best way to keep you and your breasts healthy.

Steps Involved in Breast Care

Step 1. Breast Self-Examination (BSE)
• Familiarizing the self with their breasts so they can notice changes more easily.
• Breast Self Examination should be done regularly at the same time every month.
• Regular Breast Self Examination teaches you to know how your breasts normally feel.

Changes may include:
• Development of a lump
• A discharge other than breast milk
• Swelling of the breast
• Skin irritation or dimpling
• Nipple abnormalities (such as, pain, redness, scaliness, turning inward)

Step 2. Clinical Examination
A breast examination by a physician or nurse trained to evaluate breast problems should be part of a woman’s physical examination.

Step 3. Mammography
• Mammography is a low-dose X-ray of the breasts to find changes that may occur.
• It’s the most common imaging technique.
• Mammography can detect cancer or other problems before a lump becomes large enough to be felt
• However, a biopsy is required to confirm the presence of cancer.

Breast Care Tips
• Maintain a healthy body weight (BMI less than 25) throughout your life.
• Minimize or avoid alcohol.
• Consume as many fruits and vegetables as possible.
• Eat seven or more servings daily.
• Vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, dark leafy greens like collards, kale, spinach, carrots and tomatoes.
• The fruits include citrus, berries and cherries.
• Exercise regularly the rest of your life.
• 30 minutes or more of moderate aerobic activity (brisk walking) is advised for five or more days a week.
• Do your fats right by the consumption of omega-6 fats (sunflower, safflower, corn and cottonseed oils), saturated fats and trans fats.
• Maximize your intake of omega-3 fats, especially from oily fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, lake trout and herring).
• Consume monounsaturated oils (canola, olive oil, nuts/seeds, avocados) as your primary fat source.
• Minimize consumption of the high glycemic index like white flour, white rice, white potatoes, sugar and products containing them.
• Consume whole food soy products regularly, such as tofu, tempeh, edamame, roasted soy nuts, soy milk.
• Minimize exposure to pharmacologic estrogens and xeno-estrogens.
• A multivitamin, 500-1,000 mg of vitamin C in divided doses, 200-400 IUs of vitamin E as mixed tocopherols, and pharmaceutical grade fish oil must be taken on a daily basis.
• Also take 200 mcg of the mineral selenium or eat one to two Brazil nuts as an alternative.
• Engage in self-nurturing behaviors regularly.
• Get adequate sleep (7-8 hours per night).

Regular Breast Massage
• The purpose of these techniques is to flush fluids from the breast, (both venous and intercellular).
• This will bring nutrition to the tissues and remove the toxins via the lymphatic system.
• This procedure should be done at least twice a week.
• It can be done on bare skin or by applying some vegetable oil.

Procedure of Breast Massage
• Use your fingers to gently smooth away from the nipple.
• More pressure would flatten the lymphatic vessel and stop the flow of toxins and fluids.
• Make this stroke slow, not fast, for it to be effective.
• Gently massage the breast with a kneading-like motion.
• Use lifting and pressing movements.
• Slowly and carefully use your hands to twist the breast in a clock-wise and counterclockwise direction.
• Do not put much tension on the breast.
• Use both hands to apply several, moderate pressure, compressions to move out more pressure fluids.

Philips AVENT BPA Free Breastcare Essentials Set Mammography and Breast Imaging Breast Self-Examination

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