By: Angelica Loebenberg, ARNP-BC
• Protection (breast examinations monthly, methyl rich diet, supplementation)
• Prevention (Imaging, BRCA genetic testing)
• Support and Awareness (exercise, diet, and knowledge is power groups/blogs (i.e implant sickness group)
Breast Self Exams & Clinical Breast Exam
A clinical breast exam is performed by a healthcare professional who is trained to recognize many different types of abnormalities and warning signs. This in-office exam will most likely be completed by your family physician or gynecologist at your annual exam, whereas your breast self-exam is something every woman should do at once a month (when showering with soapy index finger can be best way to detect abnormalities).
Guide to Supplementation
• Xenoestrogen Protection
Xenoestrogens are “foreign” estrogens, substances that are close enough in molecular structure to estrogen that they can bind to estrogen receptor sites with potentially hazardous outcomes.
From: Mosby’s Guide to Women’s Health, 2007
• DIM Supports Healthy Estrogen Metabolism in Females and Males Supports Detoxification of Xenoestrogens Provides Support for Antioxidant Mechanisms. Its antioxidative properties aid in the health pathway of estrogen metabolism.
Diagnotic Imaging – Plan Your Scan Every October for discounts (places like Her Scan, Rose Radiology) and to stay on a breast healthy path!
According to National Breast Cancer Foundation:
• Women 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 or 2 years.
• Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should ask their healthcare professional whether mammograms are advisable and how often to have them.
• Even women who have no symptoms and no known risks for breast cancer should have regularly scheduled mammograms to help detect potential breast cancer at the earliest possible time.
• Ultrasound may come with the mammogram, if abnormal. MRI may be more telling about the site characteristics.
• Thermography can be performed yearly to also identify sites of concern. At TYH we offer thermography monthly.