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| July 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Breast Cancer- What to Do?
100 women die from breast cancer each day. Its preventable. Every woman should be on Vitamin D3,an Iodoral type halogen supplement,and fish oil. Anyone who prescribes Premarin,for any reason,should be culpable for its effects. A waist measurement should be standard with every visit. Every inch over 30 increases the risk for breast cancer. Every patient should get a hemoglobin A1C. Higher blood sugar is associated with an increase in breast cancer. Breast feeding reduces breast cancer risk by over 50%. Black women will have a more malignant form of breast cancer and will be more likely to have an elevated Hgb A1C. Ethinyl estradiol found in birth control pills causes breast cancer. Mammograms cause breast cancer.

What do you do when you feel a lump in your breast? I’ve gotten a third call from women under 45 who have discovered a lump in their breasts. If 3 have called me,there must hundreds out there with the same problem. So called “health care” reform is not a choice anymore as was the situation with the financial bailouts. Over indulgence always comes with a price tag. We have millions of people about to have critical illnesses in the next few years. You can’t ignore Katrina type disasters. Disease does not respect politics and many families will face financial ruin in the wake of a major illness.
Most of these catastrophic illnesses could have been prevented,like the Katrina disaster could have been prevented. Money allocated to shore up levies to protect against flooding went into the pockets of politicians. The hurricane itself was not the disaster. The breech of the levies is what caused the massive flooding.
Similarly,the deluge of catastrophic illness that is hitting the U.S. is a direct result of profits being put before people. While Americans have been mentally masturbating to the voices of talking heads and enjoying the “bread and circus”,corporations have been paying lawmakers to make rules giving them ownership of your lives. They just about own it all now and its too late to change things with this entertaining illusion called voting.
But I digress. What do you do when you feel a lump in your breast. The big mistake women make is putting off an evaluation to find out what is causing the lump. Many times this is because of finances. There is a medical term called “auto mastectomy”. Its seen regularly in emergency rooms across the U.S. I have seen one. It happens after a breast cancer has been ignored for so long,the cancer eats through and the breast drops off.
Caught and treated early,breast cancer is very curable. Once the cancer has spread to other sites,the opposite is true. When you feel a lump in your breast,it must be looked into immediately. There was a time when a breast lump in young women was easily dismissed. That time is gone. There is an epidemic of breast cancer in young women-a direct result of birth control pills,diet and environmental estrogens such as BPA in plastics. The money has been pocketed…….I’m digressing again.
Breast lumps can be evaluated in several ways. Mammography is the gold standard. This can be a problem in young women because the breast tissue may be so dense as to obscure a definitive diagnosis. Thermography is a technique using infrared technology to look for tissue with a higher metabolic rate than normal cells. Cancer cells are usually more metabolically active and therefore give off more heat. This shows up on thermography as a different color than normal tissue. Ultra sound uses sound waves to detect tissue that may have a different density than normal tissue. This is the same technology used to view babies in the womb. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is similar to ultrasound except magnetic waves are used instead of sound waves. Positron Emission Tomography(PET) scanning is similar to thermography except that instead of detecting heat,it detects cells that are eating up lots of sugar. Cancer cells love sugar. A biopsy removes a piece of tissue from a suspicious area to be examined under a microscope. The doctor may use mammography to guide him during the biopsy. Fine needle aspiration(FNA) is done by inserting a very thin needle into the nipple and drawing out fluid to be examined.
Yearly screening should be done with one of the modalities that does not deliver radiation as radiation causes cancer and risk increases with each exposure of X-rays from any source. If you get several mammograms then have to get a CAT scan,a heart evaluation,dental X-rays-it all adds up. I send women to see Jo Ann Habermann MD in Oklahoma City. She is a radiologist that specializes in breast imaging. That is all she does. She has all the choices there. Many other imaging centers do also. Important to find one with a radiologist who specializes in looking at breast imaging.
If a lump is detected,it makes sense to get a mammogram. It makes even more sense to get an MRI as these are more sensitive than mammograms. However,they are also more expensive and insurance may not cover. This is a problem with so called “free market” health care coverage. You don’t get what’s best for you,you get what is cost effective for the “free market”.
If a determination can not be made from imaging or if the results are suspicious for cancer,the next step is a biopsy or FNA. FNA is as accurate as a biopsy and is much less invasive. Here again,you need to find someone who does this a lot.
Breast lumps in menstruating women are most often benign. However,breast cancer is much more common in young women these days and the risk is too great to ignore.


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