The female reproductive system consists of the external and internal genital organs. Breast disorders may be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). Most are noncancerous and not life threatening. Often, they require no treatment. In contrast, breast cancer can mean a loss of breast or of life.
Thus, for many women, breast cancer is their worst fear. However, potential problems can be detected early, when women regularly examine their breasts themselves and have mammograms.
Some factors may slightly increase the risk of women developing the disease and are described below: • Having had breast cancer. • After certain types of benign breast disease. • Women who are taking Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), or have recently taken it, have a slightly increased risk of breast cancer. Younger women who take HRT because they had an early menopause or had their ovaries removed, they have an increased risk of breast cancer after the age of 50. • Taking the contraceptive pill slightly increases a woman's chance of developing breast cancer.
Hormonal Causes: Hormonal influences play a role in the development of breast cancer. • Women who start their periods at an early age 11 or younger or experience a late menopause 55 or more have a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer. Conversely, being older at the time of the first menstrual period and early menopause tend to protect a breast cancer.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of physical discomforts and emotional symptoms that occur in the second half of the menstrual cycle, and reduce or decrease during the first days of menstruation. The symptoms of PMS are so severe that affect social and work-related functions 1. Feeling sad, worthless and hopeless. 2. Feeling tense, anxious or "on the brink." 3. Feeling overloaded or out of control. 4. Mood swings emotional explosions or unexplained crying. 5. Irritability, anger, or short temper. 6. Increased appetite (carbohydrate cravings)
It also includes other common symptoms of depression such as sleep problems, changes in appetite or weight, difficulty concentrating, lack of interest in activities once enjoyed, and having suicidal thoughts. Physical symptoms are similar to that in PMS, breast tenderness, bloating, weight gain, headache / backache, and skin problems such as acne.
Signs and Symptoms: -A lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area -A change in size or shape of the breast -Nipple discharge or tenderness, or the nipple pulled back or inverted in the chest
Nutrition and Supplements, Nutritional tips may help reduce the symptoms: -Try to eliminate suspected food allergens such as dairy products milk, cheese and ice cream, wheat gluten, soy, corn, chemical preservatives and food additives. Your health care provider you may want to test for food allergies. -Eat foods rich in B-vitamins, calcium and iron, such as almonds, beans, whole grains if no allergy, dark leafy green like spinach and kale, and sea vegetables. -Eat cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
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