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- Alcoholic drinks. The chances of suffering from this disease increase according to the alcohol consumed. If women who do not drink alcohol are compared with those who do, the latter are about 20% more likely to be diagnosed. The recommendation is not to consume more than one drink a day
GMO foods (soy, corn, canola, among others), processed meats, microwave popcorn, carbonated soft drinks, flour and refined sugar are some of the foods that cause cancer. All of them increase the chances of this disease appearing in any part of the body, including the breasts.
But what is breast cancer itself?
As the American Cancer Society explains, it originates when cells in the breast begin to grow uncontrollably. All of them form a tumor that can often be felt as a lump or by radiography. It is declared malignant when there is a risk that the cells will grow and penetrate the surrounding tissues or spread as metastasis to other areas of the body.
The specialists of this North American organization confirm that breast cancer can start in different parts of the breast, but most of it begins in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple. This type of cancer is known as ductal cancer. Others originate from the glands that produce milk and are known as lobular cancer.
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It is important for you to understand that most of the bumps that are made on the breasts are not cancerous, but benign, but some of them increase the risk of breast cancer.
Symptoms and signs that alert you
Any change in the size or shape of the breast.
- A lump that can be felt as a firm knot under the arm, hence the need for regular self-exams.
- Sudden discharge from the nipple. It contains blood and occurs only in one breast.
- Sudden changes, like inverted nipple or a sore in this area.
- Irritation such as dimples, scales, or new folds.
- Warm breasts, reddened or similar to an "orange peel".
- Pain in the breast that does not go away.
- Passive smoking.
- Tanning beds.
- Shoe repair.
- Arsenic in the water.
- Hormonal contraceptives.
How is it detected?
Through self-examination, mammography, breast ultrasound, biopsy, or removal of the breast to collect cells or by magnetic resonance imaging.
Once the disease is detected, the doctor follows a protocol of norms to comply with a treatment plan that includes knowing: the patient's age, general condition, hormonal status (premenopause or menopause), location of the tumor, phase of disease, tumor receptors, cell grade, and positivity for some biological factors.
The experience of the Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC) confirms that the most used treatments in this case are surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy.
Like most illnesses, this also occurs due to personal behaviors such as eating and lack of physical activity or even taking hormone medicines, the American Cancer Society indicates.
Here is a list of other foods and habits that cause breast cancer.
Alcoholic drinks. The chances of suffering from this disease increase according to the alcohol consumed. If women who do not drink alcohol are compared with those who do, the latter are about 20% more likely to be diagnosed. The recommendation is not to consume more than one drink a day
2. Overweight. That your desire to lose weight is not only related to looking and feeling physically good, but also to collaborating with your health because both high insulin levels and excess adipose tissue contribute to the appearance of this type of cancer.
3. Don't exercise. Studies have failed to verify what the relationship is, but it may be due to effects on body weight, hormones, and energy balance. Do exercise!
Add to this list other factors that cause cancer of all kinds, including breast cancer, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization.
As you know, on October 19 the International Day to fight Breast Cancer is celebrated and throughout the month worldwide there are activities to raise awareness among the population to prevent and treat the disease. However, your responsibility is to stay alert throughout the year. Beware!