Miskawaan Integrative Cancer Care

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women (excluding skin cancer). But thanks to functional medicine and integrative therapies it also has one of the highest survival rates.
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Understanding
Breast Cancer

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Cancerous growths can develop in more than one part of the breast. Most cases originate in the vessels that transport milk to the nipple. These same vessels exist in men and can also become cancerous, although this is rare.

A lump in the breast is not necessarily cancer, which is characterized by cells that grow and reproduce unchecked. Annual screening tests ensure that any growth is closely monitored for cancerous traits.

Breast Cancer Statistics

Breast cancer awareness increased exponentially in the 1980s and 1990s. Widespread education initiatives spread helpful information, such as:
  • 13% of women in western countries will be diagnosed with breast cancer within their lifetime
  • In the US, 63% of women who are older than 45  have a mammogram  every 1-2 years
  • 4% of diagnoses occur among women  who are younger than 40

Breast Cancer Causes

The causes of breast cancer are not as well understood as the causes of other types of cancer. A growing body of research has linked the majority of diagnoses to:
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Obesity

Breast Cancer Symptoms

Women are encouraged to regularly perform self examinations of their breasts. Abnormalities to look for include:
  • A lump in the breast or armpit
  • A sudden change in the shape or size of one or both breasts
  • An unexpected discharge of fluid from the nipple

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

A mammogram should be ordered as soon as a doctor confirms the presence of a suspicious lump. If more testing is necessary, a biopsy is the next step toward determining what actions need to be taken next.

For example, a hormone receptor test may be administered to ascertain whether or not the cancer will respond to hormone therapy.

Breast Cancer Treatment

Surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy are the most frequently recommended treatments. Another option is hormone therapy, which reduces naturally occurring hormones that stimulate cancer growth.

Some doctors also prescribe pharmaceuticals that only affect breast tissue. Incorporating a healthy diet, exercise, and immunotherapy minimizes the negative side effects of breast cancer treatments.

Know your options -- even the ones your doctor didn’t mention

Our unique approach sets its sights on treating a patient’s whole body, not just the cancer growing inside it. Speak to one of our specialists about what the means for breast cancer treatments.

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