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What is Breast Cancer?
Cancer happens when cells spontaneously start growing out of control. It is classified as breast cancer if the cells of breast tissue behave this way. If a group of cells start affecting the surrounding tissue or spreads to other areas of the body, it is considered malignant cancer.
Early detection is key in prevention of breast cancer. Yearly annuals can help you supervise your breast health along with your yearly mammograms. If you have a family history of breast cancer, it is especially important that you receive your yearly exams. You should also supervise yourself with at home self breast exams.
How to Perform a Self-Breast Exam
1) In the Shower
Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.
2) In Front of a Mirror
Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women's breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.
3) Lying Down
When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
Have Cancer in the family?
Many women (and men) remain at increased risk of cancer and are unaware of lifesaving medical options available to them. Your personal and family history of cancer matter and hereditary cancer testing saves lives. As board-certified Ob Gyn Specialists, we recognize the importance of the identification and management of patients with elevated cancer risks. We have incorporated risk assessments and genetic testing into our practice years ago and would love to tell you how genetic testing has evolved in recent years and how it has become a benefit to our patients. If you are interested in assessing your own risk, please take the quick survey below.
Dealing with Morning sickness
Nausea and Vomiting (aka Morning Sickness), is more common than you think. Nearly fifty to eighty percent of all pregnant women experience the symptoms up to sixteen, even twenty weeks along. The levels can vary from mild to severe cases. What can you do to get relief?
-Try eating six small meals instead of three large meals - Incorporate carbohydrates that are low in fat (such as bread, rice and pasta). Your body can digest these foods much better than sweets or spices.
-Get plenty of rest- Naturally our bodies are hormonally off balance in pregnancy. Sleep helps reset this imbalance. Gives you an excuse for some extra z’s.
-Keep some crackers on your nightstand- If that feeling hits you as soon as you open your eyes, try munching on a few crackers before rolling out of bed.
-Sip on fluid throughout the day- The small intake at a time helps ease the stomach into accepting fluid. Make sure to include as much water as you can.
-Try foods or drinks made with ginger- whether you like ginger ale or ginger snaps, the natural grown root is proven to help with morning sickness. Keep a ginger snack on your desk for emergent situations.
-Use vitamin B6- this over the counter supplement is completely safe in pregnancy and is also proven to help with symptoms. Take on tab every eight hours as needed for nausea so give it a shot.
All these suggestions listed, have a high success rate. However, if these suggestions are still not providing any relief, please contact us or your medical provider for further solutions.
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What You Need
- 1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) Chocolate Instant Pudding
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1 tub (8 oz.) Whipped Topping, thawed
- 1 package Chocolate Sandwich cookies, crushed
- 1 package worm-shaped gummy fruit snacks
- Clear Plastic dessert cups
- BEAT pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min.
- Let stand 5 min.
- Stir in Whipped Topping and 1/2 cup cookie crumbs.
- SPOON into 10 (6- to 7-oz.) plastic cups
- top with remaining cookie crumbs.
- REFRIGERATE 1 hour.
- Top with fruit gummy worms just before serving.
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