Preventing Breast Cancer Recurrence with Green Tea

In recent years, lots of research has been performed on green tea’s ability to prevent and treat breast cancer. The news has been extremely promising; it appears that as we learn more, we’ll eventually determine that green tea is, indeed, one of the simplest things we can do to protect breast health. Since about 13% of all American women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, breast health is a significant concern for all of us.

One study showed that tea helped to ensure that women had an appropriate level of the sex hormone binding globulin on critical days of their cycle. The level of binding globulin is important because low levels of this hormone in pre-menopausal women have been associated with a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Another study showed that one group of Chinese women who were at a higher than average risk of developing cancer, due to angiotensin activity in their blood, were able to lower their breast cancer risk by drinking green tea. This study concluded that even women who drank green tea only weekly were at a lower risk than those who drank it only monthly or not at all.

One study also showed that green tea may be able to increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy in breast cancer patients. Green tea was shown to increase the concentration of chemotherapy drugs in the cancer cells, compared to women who received chemotherapy without green tea as an adjunct treatment. Green tea was also shown to slow the growth of cancer cells, suggesting that it may inhibit cancer progression and metastasis.

Green tea’s anti-oxidants are what make it such a powerful health protector. The anti-oxidants in green tea have been shown to be more than 100 times as effective at neutralizing free radicals as vitamin C, and 25 times more powerful than vitamin E, both of which are well recognized as anti-oxidants. In addition, the EGCG in green tea have also been found to be more powerful than BHA, BHT and Resveratol, all of which are considered some of the most potent anti-oxidants around.

And, now there’s a study that’s shown that green tea may prevent breast cancer from recurring, too. This study, reported by the UK Tea Council, examined many databases that contained information about breast cancer patients and their rate of recurrence.

The study concluded that women who consumed more than 5 cups of green tea per day had a slightly lower than average risk of developing breast cancer than women who consumed a smaller amount or who did not drink green tea at all.

In addition, this study showed that women with Stages 1 and 2 breast cancer who drank green tea daily showed a decreased risk of breast cancer recurrence over women who did not drink green tea.

This is very promising news, both for women who are trying to prevent breast cancer and for women who are already battling the disease. It appears that green tea may be an important part of the treatment of breast cancer, in order to lessen the chances that the cancer will recur later.

Each recurrence of breast cancer is more difficult to treat than the previous ones, and each one increases your mortality risk from the disease. So, while prevention is critical in all women – preventing recurrence for those who are already battling the disease is just as critical.

When you combine all the evidence that’s out there, it’s hard to ignore the fact that green tea holds a lot of promise in the fight against breast cancer.

So, if you’re at a higher than average risk for developing breast cancer, it’s wise to consider adding green tea to your diet. Even if it doesn’t prevent you from getting breast cancer, green tea has no side effects, and is considered to be completely safe to consume.

In addition to adding green tea to your diet, you should also take steps to ensure that you’re living an overall healthy life. This means eating a healthy diet, that includes lots of fruits and vegetables (these are high in anti-oxidants just like green tea) and is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Switch to whole grains and be certain that you’re getting an adequate amount of fiber.

You should also exercise. Exercise helps burn calories and maintain a normal body weight. In addition, exercise helps build muscle and keep your body strong, which comes in handy as we age.

Finally, if you smoke, stop. We’re all aware that smoking increases our risk for lung cancer, but what many people don’t know is that smoking increases your overall risk of cancer. So, smoking may contribute to you having a higher risk of breast cancer, too. Smoking also contributes to heart disease.

We’re learning more and more about the benefits of drinking green tea. It’s likely that in a few years, we’ll truly understand how this popular beverage keeps us healthy. But, in the meantime, you should get a head start on the road to health by having some green tea today and every day!

Breast Examination Wedges, Circles and Zig Zag

Regular breast examination can save your life. I firmly believe it helps to know, what is normal for you. Understand your breasts better, how do they feel, what do they look like? By knowing that, it means you will notice breast changes earlier, and that gives you more time to get the help you need.

It just a matter of letting go the fear that so often women feel, and many of us have had that experience. Starting a new habit, is like anything else in life. It needs to be done regularly to become second nature to us, and therefore part of your monthly routine forever. So are you ready to start yours?

Your Visual Breast Examination

First stand in front of your mirror, with your arms by your sides. Have a good look at your breasts. Notice any dimpling? Do they look similar? Do they look even? Any breast discharge?

Now put your arms up, turning to view all the breast. See any puckering? What about a breast rash?

Place your hands on your hips and bend down slowly. See any indentations? Take time to have a decent look from all angles.

Next Comes Your Vertical Breast Self Exam

When you begin your breast examination standing up, place your left arm across the back of your head.

You will use the three pads of your fingers of the right hand. You will be using a massaging, circular type of movement, using light, medium and firm pressure. It is a good idea to do the circular movements in varying sized circles, from small to larger, in each spot.

It is important to do the surrounding area of your breast, including under your breast, the sides of your breast and in the middle of your chest. The side area of your breast, leading up to your armpit, also needs to be checked thoroughly.

You do not want to miss any part of your breast and need to be doing your exam in a grid type pattern.

When you have your arm behind your head and are using the opposite pads of the fingers to massage in a circular motion, it helps to have some sort of grid in your mind, to examine yourself.

Wedges

This is where you visually divide your breasts in to sections, or wedges. Imagine your breasts were a pie, and divide the pie into slices. You need to do a slice of the pie at a time, before moving on to the next slice.

When you are doing your breast self exam, you would start off in one particular breast area, with your left arm behind your head and using three finger pads of your right hand, doing your circular movements. Remember to vary the size of your movements and also the pressure. When you are finished with that area, move on to the next section. Continue until all the breast and surrounding area has been examined.

Circular

Some women do a circular style by starting off at their nipple, and going around and around their breast, with the circle getting wider each time, until the area has been examined. I found this pattern difficult as I kept losing track of where I had been – perhaps I was giddy!

Zig Zag

Call me boring, but I much prefer this style. It is where I start in the middle of my chest and I go across my breast to my side, then back again, into the middle. When I have completed one side, I then repeat it on the other.

Nipples And Armpits

Part of your exam means checking your nipples. Forgive me ladies, but it is a good idea to squeeze your nipple as part of your self breast exam, to see if you have any nipple discharge. Check for a rash, sore, a lump, or anything that you might think unusual.

Whilst you are still standing, examine your armpit. This is where your lymph nodes are. You may be tender with swollen lymph nodes, but don’t panic. This does not mean you have breast cancer. You can have swollen lymph nodes for many reasons. The hormonal roller coaster ride of your cycle, or when you are unwell, can be enough to make your lymph nodes feel tender. It is usually temporary.

Next Is Your Horizontal Self Breast Exam

OK, you have done your visual observation of your breasts and have completed a breast examination standing up. How are you feeling? You have done well to get to this point. You are almost finished. All you have left to do is to repeat your exam lying down.

There are various thoughts on doing your breast examination both standing and lying down. I, for one, think it is double checking. I have heard stories of women who have found their breast lump standing, but couldn’t find it lying down, and vise versa. I tend to think you are increasing your chances of finding a breast lump, if you do both standing and lying down exams. Once you are more comfortable and familiar with your routine, you will do it a lot quicker.

Good luck. Don’t rush, and don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed and awkward. The first few times I did my self breast exam, I was bumble fingered and it took ages. I soon learnt to take the phone off the hook so I could concentrate! But the more I did my breast exam, the faster I became. Now it is a quick, efficient exam that has become a habit. It feels great to be taking control of my breast health.

The Link Between Breast Cancer And Underwire Bras

Most women wear bras and do not give them a second thought; yet they have little idea that their bras could be far too tight. Many women are unaware that there is a big link between tight fitting bras and breast cancer due to an impaired lymphatic flow.

There has been striking evidence that women who wear restrictive bra’s 24hours a day are 125 times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who do not wear bras at all. A woman that wears a bra more than 12 hours a day has a 1 in 7 chance of Breast Cancer; whereas a woman who wears one for less than 12 hours has a 1 out of 152 chance. A woman who rarely wears on has a 1 out of 168 chance.

Tight clothing inhibits the exact functioning of the lymphatic system (an internal network of vessels that flushes wastes and toxins from the body) which can lead to a build up of carcinogenic compounds in the constricted areas.

Other than not wearing a bra, alternative suggestions could be to replace the under-wired bra with a good sports bra (with a thick band around the bottom, but not too tight); the invisible support camisoles or yoga tops or simply removing the wire from your bra’s.

It is recommended that women need breast movement to improve lymphatic circulation; exercise, a re-bounder, body brushing or massage are all consummate options for cleaning the breast of toxins that can arise from cellular metabolism.

The Doctor David Williams recommends a breast-massage method that involves a technique which will enhance lymphatic drainage from the breast, and succour considerably in the prevention of breast cancer”
“After removing the bra, lie on your bed on your back. Straighten one arm, and raise that arm over your head, allowing it to on the bed. (For our purposes, let’s presume you raised your right arm first.”
“Next, using the fingers of your left hand, stimulate the right nipple by rubbing and/or squeezing it, to trigger the release of the hormone, Oxytocin, and increase lymph drainage throughout the breast.”
“After stimulating the nipple for a few minutes, very gently grasp the
lower portion of the breast. Using a sort of pumping action, gentle squeeze and release the breast, gradually moving your h up toward the outer portion of the breast and armpit area. Continue to “pump” higher into the armpit until
you can’t go any further.”
“The idea is not to rub the skin, but to pump the lymph from the breast, into the armpit, a then further up the lymph system, as you grasp small sections of the breast and armpit, and gently squeeze or pump the lymph out of that area.”
“Continue this pumping procedure for about three minutes, and then switch
to the other breast (Remember to raise the opposite arm over your head). One three minute session on each side, is all it takes.”

There are many causes to Breast Cancer, some still unfounded. But simple procedures and a common awareness to good breast health can go a long way in the fight against Breast Cancer.