Do you know the signs and symptoms that might indicate breast cancer? Learning to recognize the physical signs of breast cancer may save your life – early diagnosis is key to treatment and recovery. Many health professionals recommend performing a monthly self-examination, and a yearly exam performed by your doctor.
In addition, the National Cancer Institute suggests keeping an eye out for the following signs:
1 A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
2 A change in the size or shape of the breast
3 Nipple discharge or tenderness
4 An inverted nipple
5 Ridges or pitting on the breast (resembling an orange peel)
6 A change in the look or feel of the breast, areola or nipple (such as warmth, swelling, redness or a scaly feel)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your doctor for evaluation. If you are over 50, talk to your doctor about mammograms.
Bioidentical natural progesterone is known to be protective against breast cancer because it balances the excess oestrogen (oestrogen dominance) which is linked to it. It is entirely safe and many women use it to help prevent the conditions where breast cancer can arise and also with any treatment with radiation or chemotherapy.
Dame Dr Shirley Bond – a private GP who has been prescribing bioidentical hormones for many years – has recommended using bioidentical progesterone alongside Tamoxifen to offset the side effects of the drug and would think that this would be the same for all drugs of that class.